In August, CJJR and the Nebraska Court Improvement Project (CIP) convened representatives of the five counties in Nebraska implementing the Crossover Youth Practice Model (CYPM) for a daylong event. Over the course of the meeting in Lincoln, Shay Bilchik and Michael Umpierre facilitated panel discussions on key elements of the CYPM work, including identification, detention, intake, diversion, case planning, court approaches, and ongoing case coordination and management.
Meeting participants—which included judges, County Attorneys, public defenders, leaders from the CIP, Probation, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), and the Nebraska Families Collaborative, and other partners—also heard from Probation’s Amy Latshaw and DHHS’s Monica Dement about plans for statewide policies on the crossover work and from University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO) Professors Emily Wright and Ryan Spohn about data collection and evaluation.
Since 2012, CJJR has worked with Nebraska leaders to implement the CYPM, initially in Douglas County, and subsequently in Lancaster, Dodge, Gage, and Sarpy Counties. With several of the most populous counties engaged in the work, along with plans to roll out statewide policies, Nebraska is well positioned to enhance services and approaches for all crossover youth in the state.
Learn more about the Crossover Youth Practice Model.