In September, CJJR Director Shay Bilchik and Senior Research Fellow Michael Umpierre presented at the 2016 Children’s Summit in Kearney, Nebraska. Hosted by the Nebraska Court Improvement Project, the Summit welcomed over 500 individuals from across Nebraska to discuss best practices, promising programs and the latest research in juvenile justice, child welfare and other youth-serving fields. Shay delivered the keynote speech at the Summit’s opening plenary, offering remarks on policies, principles and practices that drive juvenile justice reform today.
Shay and Michael Umpierre also facilitated two individual breakout sessions at the conference on how to best serve the population of youth involved in the both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. The sessions featured individuals who have led the implementation of the Crossover Youth Practice Model (CYPM) in Nebraska, including representatives from the Courts, Probation, Department of Health and Human Services, Nebraska Families Collaborative, County Attorneys’ offices, and other key partner organizations.
The day before the Summit, Shay and Michael led an all-day statewide meeting of the five Nebraska counties implementing the CYPM: Douglas, Lancaster, Dodge, Gage and Sarpy Counties. Preliminary outcomes of the CYPM work in the state are extremely promising and CJJR appreciates the ongoing commitment of the leadership in Nebraska to improve outcomes for youth, families, staff and communities.