Youth Services Commission

The Bergen County Youth Services Commission advocates for the youth of Bergen County in areas of proposed laws, practices, policies, and regulations.

Historical Overview
In 1984, the Bergen County Youth Services Commission (BCYSC) was established by the County of Bergen to meet the mandate set forth in the 1980’s NJ Juvenile Justice Reforms. In 1995, when another series of reforms to the NJ Juvenile Justice System occurred, the BCYSC was once again reaffirmed by the Bergen County Executive, through a Freeholder Resolution, as the county’s Juvenile Justice Planning Group. The purpose of the BCYSC is to promote public safety, accountability and rehabilitation through the planning, implementation and administration of a comprehensive program of sanctions and services for juveniles adjudicated or charged as delinquent and delinquency prevention programs.

The Bergen County Youth Services Commission membership consists of a maximum of 32 individuals who represent a variety of service delivery systems, governmental and non-profit agencies, and community-based organizations.

Every three years the BCYSC completes a comprehensive county-wide plan of service. The plan contains recommendations to address service needs and gaps throughout a Continuum of Care, including Prevention, Diversion, Detention, Detention Alternatives, Disposition and Re-Entry.

State and Federal funds are allocated through the New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission to the County of Bergen to assist in the development of community-based delinquency prevention programs, sanctions and services for juveniles charged or adjudicated as delinquent. Funded programs are reviewed onsite each year by the BCYSC to determine contract compliance, as well as any new concerns presented by juveniles served by the particular program.