The Mercer County Youth Bureau, a branch of the Mercer County Sheriff's Office, is a diversion program that works with youth ages 7-17 who are experiencing personal, family, school or legal issues. Services offered through the Youth Bureau for youth and their families include individual counseling, brief family counseling, education, crisis intervention, case management and referrals services.
The Mercer County Youth Bureau works closely with local school districts, law enforcement, health facilities and other youth related agencies.
The primary goal of the Youth Bureau is to provide early intervention services for youth and their families in an effort to divert youth from further legal and social difficulties. Referrals are received from Juvenile Court, law enforcement, school administration, Social Services, healthcare and mental health providers and parents.