The Multi-disciplinary Team (MDT) meets two times a month. Members of the team include school administration, the police department, local community based organizations, substance abuse professionals and the faith community. This panel interviews first time offenders and their parent(s) that have been referred by the Escondido Police Department as good candidates for diversion. The MDT is designed to circumvent barriers to service access that often characterize families of juvenile offenders and places an emphasis on parental empowerment to modify the natural social network of their children. The objective is to provide wrap around services for not only the juvenile offender, but the entire family.