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Office Hours:
Monday – Friday
8:00 am to Noon,

1:00 pm-5:00 pm

920 Jackson Street
PO Box 217
Sidney, NE 69162-0217
(308) 254-6060
Fax: (308) 254-5799

 

Juvenile Diversion

Cheyenne County Diversion and Truancy Program

 

Liz Borgmann – Juvenile Services Coordinator

Amber Horn, Deputy County Attorney (Abuse/Neglect Cases)

Jackson J. Osborn (Law Violations & Truancy)

Leigh Niekum - Grants and Community Planning Coordinator

 

 

 

 

 

 


Juvenile Petitions:

The Cheyenne County Attorney’s Office is responsible for the enforcement of Nebraska’s Juvenile Code as it applies to issues related to Abuse/Neglect (protective custody), Dependency (illness or disabilities), Delinquency (misdemeanor or felony offenses), and Status (truancy, uncontrollable behavior, etc).

A juvenile is defined as someone who was under eighteen years of age when an event occurred.


Cheyenne County Diversion Program:

Juvenile pretrial diversion programs are based on the belief that not all cases are best handled
through a formal court process. Juvenile pretrial diversion is a voluntary program available to
youth charged with an offense. Youth are referred to a pretrial diversion program by the
Cheyenne County Attorney who determines the eligibility of the alleged offender. Participation
diverts the youth from involvement in the juvenile justice system and into a program that offers a
continuum of requirements and services. Juvenile pretrial diversion is a positive alternative to
juvenile court and can provide more appropriate methods of treating juveniles charged with an
offense, and providing better outcomes for the youth. The end result of successfully completing a
juvenile pretrial diversion program is dismissal or non-filing of the diverted case.


Cheyenne County Truancy Program:

The truancy diversion program assures that all students have access to opportunities to succeed
through a quality education. After ten (10) unexcused absences the school will meet with the
student and family and coordinate a collaborative plan. If there is no improvement in attendance
the school will then refer the student to the Juvenile Services Coordinator for assistance. The coordinator
will work closely with the family and student to reduce any barriers that may be preventing the
student from attending school regularly. This is a positive alternative to the juvenile court and
can provide better outcomes for youth.

Prevention/Promotion Program – Unified Raiders:
The after school program is a weekly gathering offered to all youth ages 12-18. This is a learning
opportunity for children to interact with each other as well as learn life skills. The core
curriculum will be Positive Action. Positive Action is a program designed to improve youth
academics, behavior and character. The program is student led and offers an audience-centered
curriculum based approach to increase positive behaviors. It relies on intrinsic motivation for
achieving success and happiness for everyone. The premise is that you feel good about yourself
when you do positive actions. There are submental topics as well such as, conflict resolution,
substance use, and anti-bullying.

In addition to the core curriculum some of the meeting time is spent working on a community
service projects. This teaches the youth to take initiative in solving a problem for a need they see
in the community. There is also occasions that community members will demonstrate and teach
life skills lessons such as, career awareness, communication skills, financial planning, as well as
cooking eating and shopping healthy.

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