In August, CJJR partnered with the Missouri Office of the State Court Administrator and Department of Social Services to further enhance the state’s ability to impact the population of youth that crossover between child welfare and juvenile justice systems. The 2-year long partnership will result in the development of state policies and standards at various agencies to guide crossover youth practice throughout the state. A series of regional listening sessions and a training program to support the implementation of the policy will also be developed.
Since 2012, Missouri has worked with CJJR to focus on understanding and improving the lives of crossover youth. That year, a team of state leaders participated in the Multi-System Integration Certificate Program, a training opportunity offered at Georgetown University, to increase their knowledge on multi-system reform, cultivate their leadership skills and improve the operation of their agencies. As a result, the team developed a local reform effort and established the Crossover Youth State Policy Team, to address issues related to Crossover Youth and other collaborative matters from the state perspective. They also developed support for four communities in Missouri implementing CJJR’s Crossover Youth Practice Model (CYPM), created a Crossover Youth Manager position to oversee the state and county-based work, and conducted an in-depth research analysis to better understand this population of youth.
Since that time, CJJR has provided on-site technical assistance to nine counties in Missouri implementing the CYPM (Camden, Cass, Greene, Jefferson, Johnson, Laclede, Miller, Moniteau and Morgan).
Learn more about the Crossover Youth Practice Model.