In January, CJJR facilitated a daylong training in partnership with Casey Family Programs and Wayne County to educate front-line staff from the county’s Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Care Management Organizations (CMOs) on working with the crossover youth population in Michigan. The training served as the information session for the Crossover Youth pilot that would launch on February 1st.
The initial phase of the Crossover Youth pilot would focus on how DHHS and the CMOs collaborate on current cases of dually adjudicated youth. The pilot will expand in March to include any case of a youth that is newly dually adjudicated. The full Crossover Youth Practice Model (CYPM) will be implemented in June to include all cases being identified through the Third Judicial Circuit Court of Michigan Family Juvenile Division and the ensuing cross-system case management processes that follow.
“The journey hasn’t been easy,” says Charles Wilson Chief Referee of Wayne County Juvenile Court. “But the youth and families deserve it.”
CJJR has worked with Wayne County since 2014. Initially, the county sent a team of local stakeholders and leaders that represented its child-serving systems to participate in the Multi-System Integration Certificate Program at Georgetown University. Through support from Casey Family Programs, CJJR continued working with this team of leaders, and additional stakeholders, researchers, and local advocates in implementing the CYPM, impacting the manner in which crossover youth were identified and served. Most recently, StarrVista, a CMO in Wayne County, and its partners are also working with CJJR and the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators to implement another practice model designed to enhance outcomes for post-disposition youth, the Youth in Custody Practice Model.
Wayne County is known for its strength, rich culture, and persistence to ensure the best for its community at large. It’s the third jurisdiction in Michigan to implement the CYPM. Oakland County being the first site, followed by Berrien County.