The Georgetown University Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) recently held the annual Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare: Multi-System Integration Certificate Program.
Participants representing jurisdictions around the country took part in the program held October 23-30, 2013 in Washington, DC at Georgetown University. The program hosted over 35 participants from California, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, DC and West Virginia. The Multi-System Integration Certificate Program enables leaders in youth serving systems to better understand the characteristics of dually involved youth (i.e., youth known to the child welfare and juvenile justice systems) and identify best practices for improving outcomes for them. The program included modules on a variety of topics such as joint case planning & management, communications strategies, education, trauma, family engagement, Results Based Accountability, and more.
In conjunction with the Center for Children’s Law and Policy, CJJR also recently hosted the inaugural Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Juvenile Justice Certificate Program in September. The program hosted 25 participants from Iowa, Maine, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and Washington State. This Certificate Program focuses on best practices that reduce disparities in the juvenile justice system at key decision points like arrest, detention, and reentry. These reforms are especially important for dually involved youth, who often tend to penetrate the juvenile justice system more deeply due to disparate treatment.
To the right is a group photo of participants in the 2013 Multi-System Integration Certificate Program
Following the programs,participants will develop a Capstone Project–a reform agenda they implement in their jurisdiction to positively impact youth through collaboration across systems and reduction of racial and ethnic disparities. Once the Capstones are approved, participants become Fellows of the program.
Both Certificate Programs were highly successful. Participants called the experience valuable, informative, and rewarding. Some wish the programs had lasted longer! CJJR will be hosting both programs again in 2014. The dates and applications for the programs will be posted on the CJJR website as soon as the information is available.