Diversion Conference 2018

Our second Diversion Conference was a great success!

Many thanks to our partners and presenters. We had a great group of people from around the seven county metro area, including County Attorneys and Judges, Community Corrections, County Probation and Police Departments.

The Honorable Joy D. Bartscher, a Judge from Ramsey County talked about the importance of the human connection with the youth that are served;

Kate Richtman, Ramsey County Attorney, talked about the roots and history of Diversion and how the program has changed over time;

Dr. David Walsh shared the research about brain development and how that is impacted by digital addiction and social media use.

The afternoon was filled with 50 minute information sessions led by the sponsoring organizations. Attendees left informed, energized, and excited about continuing the conference in the future:

“The Diversion Conference was another example of how kids are best served when stakeholders collaborate and share ideas.

The perspectives presented by the prosecutor and judge, combined with the information and ideas shared by the four youth serving agencies gave all attendees a lot of food for thought on how they can improve their work with young people.  All of that, along with the presentation on the brain provided by Dr. David Walsh made for a very informative day.” 

Anthony Zdroik
Juvenile Division Chief
Washington County Attorney’s Office

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