Last month, CJJR was delighted to host two statewide events in Texas and Arizona commemorating the Crossover Youth Practice Model efforts taking place in each respective jurisdiction.
With support from the Houston Endowment, CJJR and the Harris County Youth Collective met for the first bi-annual Crossover Youth Practice Model Texas All Sites Convening. The participating jurisdictions included Bexar, Dallas, Harris, McClennan, and Travis counties, and each had a team composed of leadership and staff from the Family Court, child welfare, and juvenile probation. State-level representatives from the Department of Family and Protective Services and the Supreme Court of Texas Children’s Commission were also present.
The meeting created an opportunity for shared learning and the development of a statewide network of supports to manage youth who cross over between multiple counties and support the sustainability of the model in the state.
Also in November, CJJR hosted the third annual CYPM Arizona All Sites Meeting in Phoenix. Representatives from the Arizona Administrative Office of the Court, county probation departments, and the Department of Child Safety, as well as judges, attorneys, and other key partners attended the daylong event.
As CJJR is now working in all 15 counties in Arizona to implement the CYPM, the meeting represented a unique occasion to discuss ongoing progress, including the development of statewide policy guidance to support the work moving forward. The event also featured presentations on how Arizona partners are meeting the behavioral health needs of crossover youth and planning to sustain the CYPM efforts over time.