New Issue Brief on Behavioral Health & Crossover Youth

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Center for Juvenile Justice Reform 
Georgetown University's McCourt School of Public Policy
  August 19, 2015
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CJJR Publishes Issue Brief on Behavioral Health and Crossover Youth


    cypm brief coverThe Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) at Georgetown University's McCourt School of Public Policy recently published an issue brief on the Crossover Youth Practice Model (CYPM) titled“CYPM in Brief: Behavioral Health and Crossover Youth."

The brief discusses the relationship between behavioral health and crossover youth, the ways in which the CYPM addresses behavioral health, and how one jurisdiction has utilized the CYPM to address behavioral health outcomes. 

Behavioral health issues, which include mental health and substance use disorders, can significantly challenge the safety and well-being of youth and their families. These risks may be particularly elevated for crossover youth.

This brief is the first in a series titled "CYPM in Brief" that will address various issues faced by youth involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems – also known as crossover youth – and the systems that serve them.

Read "CYPM in Brief: Behavioral Health and Crossover Youth.”

Learn more about the Crossover Youth Practice Model.

Deadline Reminder: CJJR Issues Solicitations for Multi-System Collaboration Training and Technical Assistance Program

Applications Due: September 11, 2015
CCAS logo cropped 2As part of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's Center for Coordinated Assistance to States (CCAS), the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) at Georgetown University's McCourt School of Public Policy has issued a Request for Applications (RFA) from jurisdictions seeking to engage in system improvement efforts through the Multi-System Collaboration Training and Technical Assistance Program (MSC-TTA).  

The program is designed to support jurisdictions that are interested in developing a sound infrastructure to better serve at-risk or multi-system youth and their families. CJJR will provide distance learning Training and Technical Assistance at no cost to a cohort of up to 6 jurisdictions to help them identify gaps in policy and practice, enhance information sharing capacities, explore how key decision points impact the trajectory of the youth currently being served, and support culture change through leadership development.

Learn more about the MSC-TTA program.

Apply today!

Deadline Reminder: Accepting Applications for Juvenile Diversion Certificate Program

Application Deadline: September 18, 2015

_MG_2227croppedWe are still accepting applications for our Juvenile Diversion Certificate Program, which will be held from December 15-18, 2015 at the Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center in Washington, DC.

The Juvenile Diversion Certificate Program presents an excellent opportunity for individuals and teams of prosecutors, probation staff, law enforcement officials, policymakers and other local leaders committed to strengthening their diversion efforts to obtain in-depth training, education, and guidance on juvenile diversion policies, practices, and programs from national experts, while also networking and learning across jurisdictions.

The program is offered in partnership with the Juvenile Law Center and the National League of Cities. 

Learn more about the Juvenile Diversion Certificate Program including how to apply, tuition, and available subsidies.

Apply today!

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"San Diego County has had a Dual Status option for youth that cross over from Child Welfare Services (CWS) to Juvenile Probation for a number of years. However, since we adopted the Crossover Youth Practice Model, the process has become increasingly more collaborative, not only between CWS and Probation staff, but also with the Juvenile Court, the D.A.’s office, County Counsel, the youths’ attorneys, local law enforcement, Behavioral Health Services and education providers. It is our belief that this enhanced collaboration and communication has led to improved outcomes for the youth and families that we mutually serve.”

- Debra Zanders-Willis, Director, Child Welfare Services, San Diego County, CA



"The Crossover Youth Practice Model initiative in our community has served as a great tool in working with youth in the Dallas area. The initiative has opened lines of communication which previously have been limited or almost nonexistent, with our local CPS community partner. Not only has the communication improved tremendously, but quality and substantive dialogue has been achieved when working cases of youth involved in both systems.”

-Rudy Acosta, Deputy Director, Probation Services, Dallas County Juvenile Department, Texas


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READ CJJR's Crossover Youth Practice Model: An Abbreviated Guide
by Macon Stewart, Lorrie Lutz, and Dr. Denise Herz, with contributions by Lyman Legters
Center for Juvenile Justice Reform
Georgetown University
Box 571444
3300 Whitehaven St. NW, Suite 5000
Washington, DC 20057
Tel: (202) 687-4942
Fax: (202) 687-7656

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