We are now accepting applications for our 8th Annual Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare: Multi-System Integration Certificate Program, which will take place in Washington, DC from October 29-November 4, 2015.
Through a week of intensive study, the Multi-System Integration Certificate Program will instruct participants on how to improve outcomes for youth known to both the child welfare and juvenile justice system (i.e. crossover youth) through a multi-disciplinary approach that highlights integration and collaboration. The purpose of the program is to bring together current and future leaders to increase their knowledge about multi-system reform efforts related to crossover youth, improve the operation of their organizations in serving this population, provide an opportunity for the development of collaborative leadership skills, and create a mutually supportive network of individuals across the country committed to systems reform.
The program highlights CJJR’s Crossover Youth Practice Model, which has been proven to assist jurisdictions in strengthening practices and policies related to crossover youth. CJJR has aligned the Multi-System Integration program and the Crossover Youth Practice Model as a way to enhance knowledge of multi-system issues in jurisdictions around the country, thereby assisting them in improving both child welfare and juvenile justice outcomes for these youth. In further support of this approach the program focuses on issues such as family engagement, behavioral health, education, and racial and ethnic disparities – as well as innovative and flexible financing strategies.
“We highly recommend this program to anyone interested in improving collaborations across systems in order to deliver effective quality services to youth and families in the least restrictive environment thus reducing the number of youth crossing over between systems.”
– Wayne County, MI Team (Class of 2014)
“Bringing together leaders in our child-serving systems, from the court to mental health, education, probation and child welfare, to participate in this rigorous learning experience has paved the way for the development and implementation of meaningful and measurable changes that will undoubtedly improve outcomes for the youth in Sacramento who are, or have the potential to be, dually involved in child welfare and juvenile justice.”
– Sacramento County, CA Team (Class of 2014)
Subsidies are available through CJJR. Additionally, funding through the Center for Coordinated Assistance to States (CCAS) is available for jurisdictions that show a heightened readiness to utilize the curriculum and to undertake changes in their correctional facilities and secure residential programs.
Applications are due August 21, 2015.