OJJDP Focuses Support on Multi-Systems Youth

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In case you missed it, OJJDP Administrator Liz Ryan and Commissioner Rebecca Jones Gaston from the Administration for Children and Families’ Children’s Bureau recently issued a joint letter  highlighting the challenges faced by dual system youth, and invited child welfare and juvenile justice professionals to establish cross-systems collaborations to address their complex needs.

The letter also describes the results of the OJJDP Dual System Youth Design Study . Findings from the research indicate that over half of the youth in the juvenile justice system have prior involvement with child welfare services, underscoring the need for investment and intervention to support these youth.

“By centering our work on young people and families with lived experience, supporting initiatives that address disparities, and supporting family stabilization efforts, we contribute to a brighter future for our youth,” Ryan and Gaston write.

You can read the full letter here.

Crossover Youth Practice Model

If you want to learn more about our own multi-systems work–and how you can get your community involved–check out our Crossover Youth Practice Model page, or by downloading our CYPM flyer below! We also currently have a rolling application window for interested communities.