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CJJ offers numerous training and technical assistance opportunities at national and regional conferences, during webinars and live chats, and through technical assistance programs. Included below are resources and materials from past training and technical assistance events.
The JJDPA: Updating Federal Law to Reflect New Reforms
The juvenile justice field has come a long way since the JJDPA was first enacted, and even since 2002 when it was last reauthorized. CJJ and the National Juvenile Justice Network held a webinar that served as an overview of how this legislation has helped drive reform at the state and local levels. Speakers also discussed how we can help ensure that federal policy reflects the new knowledge, advancements, and promising practices from the field, and how a reauthorized JJDPA might change the future landscape of juvenile justice practice.
- Lara Quint, Legislative Counsel, Office of US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)
- Bob Schwartz, Executive Director, Juvenile Law Center
- Naomi Smoot, Senior Policy Associate, Coalition for Juvenile Justice
Implementing an Adolescent Developmental Approach in Juvenile Justice
Over the past decade, research has given us a new understanding of adolescent brain development. In 2013 and 2014, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) released groundbreaking reports examining the implications of this research, proposing a developmental approach in juvenile justice, and outlining the role of the federal government in implementing reforms. CJJ held a webinar on “Implementing an Adolescent Developmental Approach in Juvenile Justice” on January 21, 2015. This webinar described the key findings from the original NAS report and explore strategies and policies to effectively reform the juvenile justice system. Participants learned about the adolescent development research shaping new reforms and the recommended action steps for federal and state government, as well as State Advisory Groups (SAGs). Arlene F. Lee, Board Director of the Committee on Law and Justice at the National Academy of Sciences, served as presenter.
Child Trafficking and Juvenile Justice
Each year, roughly 100,000 children inside the United States are victims of child sex trafficking. Although many federal and state efforts are underway to prevent trafficking, and to provide better responses to victims, a number of these children are charged with prostitution and placed in juvenile detention facilities. Youth may also be charged with other offenses that are linked to their being trafficked, such as excessive absences from school or curfew violations. CJJ held the first in a series of webinars about human trafficking on November 19th. It included a discussion of what sex trafficking is, how it impacts its victims, and the history of U.S. responses to this complicated problem. Presenters also discussed the intersection of trafficking with juvenile and criminal justice, particularly for high risk populations like runaway and homeless youth. Current federal and state laws to prevent the criminalization of trafficking victims were shared, along with efforts underway among juvenile justice agencies, State Advisory Groups and others.
- Elizabeth Pfenning, Training & Technical Assistance Specialist, Polaris
- Darla Bardine, Executive Director, National Network for Youth
- Naomi Smoot, Policy and Government Relations Associate, Coalition for Juvenile Justice
You can watch the recording of the webinar here. Click here to access the PowerPoint. In addition, Elizabeth Pfenning referenced the following resources: the Safe Harbor Issue Brief and the 2014 State Ratings on Human Trafficking Laws, which rates all 50 states and the District of Columbia based on 10 categories of laws (including Safe Harbor) that are critical to providing a basic legal framework that combats human trafficking, supports victims and survivors, and prosecutes traffickers. Registrants can look up their individual state reports to see where they stand.
Exercising Judicial Leadership on the Deinstitutionalization of Status Offenders
Every day, juvenile court judges bring together a range of family members, attorneys and advocates, service providers, and others to inform decisions in the best interest of youth and to preserve public safety. Judges in many ways are natural convenors in the juvenile justice system. CJJ recently released "Exercising Judicial Leadership to Reform the Care of Non-Delinquent Youth: A Convenor’s Action Guide for Developing a Multi-Stakeholder Process," a tool to support judges seeking to do that work and have that impact.
This webinar focused on how judges can act as convenors and improve outcomes for non-delinquent youth in their communities. Presenters offered concrete steps judicial leaders and other juvenile justice practitioners can take to convene a multi-stakeholder process and illustrated these actions in practice by sharing their experiences leveraging their roles on the bench to make a difference in the lives of youth and families in need.
- Hon. Chandlee Johnson Kuhn, Chief Judge, Family Court of Delaware
- Hon. Karen Ashby, Judge, Colorado Court of Appeals
Juvenile Justice Reform And The Pew Charitable Trusts
Representatives from the Pew Charitable Trusts provided participants with information about the Public Safety Performance Project (PSPP). Presenters discussed reforms that Pew assisted with in Georgia, Kentucky, and Hawaii, and focused on the process for involving stakeholders, identifying potential areas for reform, developing policy recommendations, and passing the reforms. Presenters also discussed how these states are reducing their over-reliance on incarceration and shifting to a data-driven, outcome-based approach that utilizes community-based services and leads to improved outcomes for children, families, and communities, as well as reducing juvenile corrections costs.
- Sonja Hallum, Senior Associate, Pew Charitable Trusts
- Robin Olsen, Manager, Public Safety Performance Project, Pew Charitable Trusts
Ending Detention of Non-Delinquent Youth in Rural Communities
The State Training and Technical Assistance Center (STTAC) held a webinar on “Ending Detention of Non-Delinquent Youth in Rural Communities” on September 24. The presenters discussed the unique challenges that juvenile justice systems face in rural communities, as well as how some rural communities are working together to find creative ways to reduce the number of youth who are placed in secure confinement for status offenses. Participants learned how technology, early intervention, and collaborative services can be used to overcome these unique challenges.
- Hon. George W. Timberlake, Ret. Chief Judge, Illinois' Second Circuit
- Hon. Lisa M. Mantz, Associate Judge, Newton County Juvenile Court, Georgia
Civil Citations in Juvenile Justice: An Alternative to Punitive Sanctions
The State Training and Technical Assistance Center (STTAC) held a webinar on “Civil Citations in Juvenile Justice: An Alternative to Punitive Sanctions” on September 22. The webinar described the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice civil citation initiative. It also explained the research behind Florida’s civil citation initiative. Participants learned how implementation barriers can be overcome so that a civil citation initiative increases public safety, improves youth outcomes, and reduces costs. Participants walked away with a better understanding of how a civil citation model plan could be replicated in other jurisdictions.
- Mark A. Greenwald, Director of Research, Florida Department of Juvenile Justice
- Theda Roberts, Civil Citation Coordinator, Florida Department of Juvenile Justice
Ending Universal Shackling of Children in Court
Children in far too many states are forced to appear in court shackled – often wearing handcuffs, leg irons, and belly chains connecting ankle and hand restraints. Ready to do something about it? Then check out our recorded webinar, "Unchain the Children: Policy Opportunities to End the Shackling of Youth in Court." In this webinar, co-sponsored by the National Juvenile Justice Network, presenters David Shapiro of the Campaign Against Indiscriminate Juvenile Shackling and George Yeannakis of the Washington State Office of Public Defense and NJJN member TeamChild, discussed the practical, policy, and constitutional reasons to reform universal shackling practices and successful strategies for reforming shackling policies.
Click here to view the policy update on key strategies to end youth shackling on key strategies to end youth shackling. Watch the recording of the webinar here. You can access the PowerPoint presentation here.
Implementing Evidence-Based Services
CJJ and the National Juvenile Justice Network (NJJN) co-hosted a webinar on "Implementing Evidence-Based Services” on September 17.
This webinar explained how jurisdictions and providers can successfully implement evidenced-based services in their juvenile justice system. Participants learned about creating agency and customer buy-in; strategies to address funding and fidelity challenges; heard about lessons learned from other states; and learned how to embed evidenced-based services in juvenile justice systems.
- Beth Ann Rosica, PH.D., Vice President of Administration for VisionQuest National Ltd and President of the Board of Directors for Advancing Evidence Based Practice
- Francis Mendez, J.D., MSW, Project Director at ICF International for the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s National Training and Technical Assistance Center project, former Deputy Secretary of Maryland’s Department of Juvenile Services and former Chief of Staff for the Connecticut Department of Children and Families Juvenile Services Bureau
Using Title IV-E for Juvenile Justice: The Multnomah County Experience
Has your jurisdiction experienced a decrease in juvenile justice funding? Are you looking for funding to support home- and community-based services (e.g., alternative placements to detention)? Are you interested in learning how other jurisdictions have implemented a Title IV-E claiming program? CJJ hosted a a webinar on “Using Title IV-E for Juvenile Justice: The Multnomah County Experience” on August 21.
This webinar explained how jurisdictions can leverage Title IV-E of the Social Security Act to support programs and services in their juvenile justice system. Participants learned about Title IV-E, what types of programs and services can receive Title IV-E reimbursement, and how different stakeholders can support the implementation of a Title IV-E claiming program in their jurisdiction. Participants gained insight into the lessons learned from the thoughtful, collaborative process executed in Multnomah County, Oregon.
- Christina McMahan, Director of the Juvenile Services Division, Department of Community Justice in Multnomah County, Oregon
- Kimberly King, Senior Vice President, Justice Benefits, Inc.
You can watch the recording of the webinar here. You can also read the PowerPoint, sample court forms, a sample case plan template, a sample report, a guide to completing the CE 178, and a handout on placement responsibility.
Dual Status Youth and their Families: Altering the Human and Fiscal Toll Through Improved Youth and System Outcomes
This webinar highlighted the challenges and opportunities jurisdictions face in regard to their dual status youth population (youth known to both child welfare and juvenile justice) and introduced the Dual Status Youth Framework for Improved Outcomes developed and supported by the Robert F. Kennedy National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice led by the Robert F. Kennedy Children's Action Corps. Participants gained an understanding of the risk factors facing these youth both before and during system involvement and the resources and strategies that are available to support their jurisdiction in making positive changes for this vulnerable population.
JJDPA: Looking Back, Looking Forward
ABCs of CJJ Membership: Exploring the Options, Benefits, and Future of CJJ Membership
Are you interested in becoming a CJJ member? Are you unsure if CJJ offers membership that meets your needs? Are you a CJJ member but unsure about your membership benefits? With three types of membership available (State Advisory Group, Organizational, and Individual), there are often questions regarding membership options and benefits. CJJ wants to ensure that prospective and current members are well informed about their benefits and wants to learn how it can better serve its membership.
CJJ held a webinar and open discussion on ABCs of CJJ Membership: Exploring the Options, Benefits, and Future of CJJ Membership on April 24, 2014. Participants learned about CJJ’s membership options and how they can become a CJJ member. Jessica Russell Murphy, CJJ's Associate Director of Member Relations and Office Administration served as presenter.
LGBTQ Youth and Status Offenses: Improving System Responses and Reducing Disproportionality
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth are twice as likely as other youth to be sent to a juvenile detention facility for committing “status offenses” such as truancy or running away from home. LGBTQ youth are also overrepresented in the juvenile justice system generally, and once in the system are more likely to be the target of abuse and violence, including at the hands of other youth. LGBTQ youth may also receive overly harsh punishments due to biased decision-making or misguided attempts to keep them “safe” through the use of unnecessary isolated housing. How can systems more appropriately serve youth who commit status offenses and are LGBTQ?
The Coalition for Juvenile Justice, Human Rights Campaign and the Equity Project held a webinar on LGBTQ Youth and Status Offenses: Improving System Responses and Reducing Disproportionality on April 2.
Participants learned more about status offenses and LGBTQ youth in the juvenile justice system. Current initiatives and resources to better serve this population will be discussed, including recommendations for how professionals can help ensure LGBTQ youth receive fair treatment, equal access to services, and respect and sensitivity from all professionals and other youth in the juvenile justice and related systems.
- Lisa Pilnik, Deputy Director, Coalition for Juvenile Justice
- Robin Maril, Legislative Counsel, Human Rights Campaign
- Christina J. Gilbert, Director, The Equity Project
Family Centered Treatment
The Institute for Family Centered Services is the developer and flagship provider of Family Centered Treatment (FCT), an evidence-based model already in use in Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Massachusetts, Ohio, and Indiana. FCT is a practitioner-developed, family preservation model of home-based treatment owned by the nonprofit Family Centered Treatment Foundation. Its origins derive from “in the trenches” efforts to find simple, practical, and common sense solutions for families faced with disruption or dissolution of their family due to both external and internal stressors and circumstances or forced removal of their children from the home due to their delinquent behavior. This family system’s trauma treatment model works equally well with juvenile justice, mental, and behavioral health populations. FCT developer William Painter served as a presenter on the Family Centered Treatment webinar on December 2. The PowerPoint Presentation is available here and the recording is available here.
Recruitment, Re-engagement & Re-entry: Incorporating the Youth Voice into Juvenile Justice Reform
Across the United States, juvenile justice advocates are working tirelessly to challenge systems that so desperately need reform. One of the most successful reform strategies employed involves bringing all stakeholders together: judges, practitioners, service providers, young people, and families. Despite advocates' best attempts to include all stakeholders, young people and their families are too often left out of these discussions. Their absence creates a void. Not only for the specific reform work assumed in that jurisdiction, but also for the larger juvenile justice field. Young people are the next generation of juvenile justice leaders. Are we doing all we can to prepare them to carry the torch?
CJJ held a webinar on Recruitment, Re-engagement & Re-entry: Incorporating the Youth Voice into Juvenile Justice Reform on November 21.
This webinar highlighted two system reform efforts from Washington, that emphasize the inclusion of young people in advocacy efforts. These examples illustrate how engaging youth in advocacy has dual outcomes: (1) Youth voice serves an effective advocacy tool and often provides a perspective that moves leaders to implement change, and (2) including young people in reform efforts empowers them to become the next generation of advocates, while also developing their leadership and life skills.
- Starcia Ague, Youth and Family Advocate Program Administrator, Juvenile Justice Rehabilitation Administration; Co-Chair Youth Committee, Washington State Partnership Council on Juvenile Justice
- Debra R. Baker, Project Director, The Raising Our Youth As Leaders Project (ROYAL), King County Department of Public Defense
You can access the PowerPoint presentation here and the recording of the webinar here. You can also download the following comic, infographic, Washington State Partnership Council on Juvenile Justice Bulletin, Examining Open Juvenile Records in Washington State: Process, Effects, and Costs of Protective Mechanisms report, the Youth Opportunities Act one pager, and the Raising Our Youth As Leader Program Description as resources.
Better Responses to Youth Who Commit Status Offenses Webinar
November 12, 2013
Co-hosted by CJJ and the National Juvenile Justice Network (NJJN)
Want to do a better job of diverting youth who commit status offenses from the juvenile justice system?
CJJ and the National Juvenile Justice Network hosted a webinar on Better Responses to Youth Who Commit Status Offenses on November 12. National and state experts in this webinar (sponsored by the National Juvenile Justice Network and the Coalition for Juvenile Justice), discussed:
- The "National Standards for the Care of Youth Charged with Status Offenses,"
- Helpful legislative initiatives and advocacy tools;
- State and local initiatives that have been effective in diverting these youth from court;
- The new online Status Offense Reform Center from the Vera Institute of Justice, funded by Models for Change; and
- The work that Kentucky Youth Advocates, an NJJN member, is doing to end the incarceration of youth who commit status offenses in their state.
- Marie Williams, Interim Executive Director at CJJ
- Annie Salsich, Director of the Center on Youth Justice at the Vera Institute of Justice
- Tara Grieshop-Goodwin, Chief Policy Officer at Kentucky Youth Advocates (KYA)
You can access the PowerPoint Presentation here.
School to Prison Pipeline: An Overview of the Issues and Potential Solutions for Reform
October 30, 2013
This webinar provided an overview of the School to Prison Pipeline, specifically examining how the overuse of suspension and the presence of police in schools affect young people. The Dignity in Schools Campaign, a multi-stakeholder coalition made up of youth, parents, educators, grassroots groups, and policy and legal advocacy groups, presented on its initiatives to challenge school pushout. Presenters offered potential tools and solutions to address the issues raised by the pipeline through examples from their own work on the ground. Presenters included Kaitlin Banner of the Advancement Project and Fernando Martinez, Harold Jordan, and Marsha Weissman from the Dignity in Schools Campaign. You can watch the recording of the webinar here and see the PowerPoint Presentation here. The presenters also referrred to the Model Memorandum of Understanding between a School District and a Policy or Sheriff's Department, the Advancement Project Model School Discipline Policy, the Denver Intergovernmental Agreement Concerning the Funding, Implementation and Administration of Programs Involving Police Officers in Schools, the Buffalo Public Schools Standards for Community-Wide Conduct and Intervention Supports, the Oakland School Police Department Public Complaints Process and Complaints Reports Policy and the Dignity in Schools Campaign Model Code as resources.
Civil Citations, Juvenile Justice, and the Impact on DMC Webinar
October 17, 2013
Millions of misdemeanor cases are filed in state, municipal, and juvenile courts each year. This results in overwhelming dockets, overcrowded jails and detention facilities, and creates a significant financial drain during a time of budgetary cuts. In response, a growing number of jurisdictions, including Miami-Dade County, FL have reclassified a number of misdemeanor offenses as non-criminal (civil) violations. This session examined the economic and other impacts of reclassifying misdemeanors especially in juvenile justice and focus on whether a civil citation process is an effective public safety strategy that has resulted in a significant reduction in Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC). The recording of the webinar is available here.
Public-Private Partnership for Juvenile Justice Reform Webinar
September 26, 2013
At a time when federal and state funds for juvenile justice were being slashed, a unique partnership between a public entity, Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Committee (JJDPC), and a private foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, overcame this challenge to produce significant improvement in Pennsylvania’s juvenile justice system. This webinar examined how the extraordinary collaboration between Pennsylvania’s SAG and the MacArthur Foundation produced dramatic and lasting results for the youth of Pennsylvania and how efforts like this can be replicated in other jurisdictions. The recording of this webinar is available online.
First Access to the "Kids for Cash" Video Resource
June 17, 2013
Using scenes and unused footage from Robert May's non-fiction film Kids for Cash, SenArt Films and Active Voice created a short 15-minute video designed for practical uses in juvenile justice reform work. With a storyline that will speak to a range of audiences, the video, discussion materials, and additional resources will be widely available in 2014. Focusing on the stories of youth and families affected by the Luzerne County scandal, it provides insight into the dire consequences of entering youth into a system without appropriate checks and balances and can serve as a springboard for dialogue and action toward reform. SenArt Films and Active Voice invited members and allies of CJJ to be among the first to have access to this video.
Understanding CJJ's 'National Standards for the Care of Youth Charged with Status Offenses'
May 17, 2013
This webinar focused on the National Standards, which were developed by the Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ) in partnership with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) and a team of experts from various jurisdictions, disciplines and perspectives, including juvenile and family court judges, child welfare and juvenile defense attorneys, juvenile corrections and detention administrators, community-based service providers, and practitioners with expertise in responding to gender-specific needs. Many hours were devoted to discussing, debating, and constructing a set of ambitious yet implementable standards that are portable, easily understood, and designed to spur and inform state and local policy and practice reforms. The National Standards build on the original intent of the JJDPA DSO core requirement, recent efforts to eliminate the VCO exception in Congress (S. 3155 and S. 678), and the “safety, permanency and well-being” framework set forth in the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997 (ASFA). Like ASFA’s focus on the child’s best interest, the standards call for system responses that keep youth and their families’ best interests at the center of the intervention. Individually and collectively, the Standards promote system reforms and changes in system culture, as well as the workforce needed to ensure ensures adoption and implementation of empirically-supported policies, programs and practices that effectively meet the needs of youth, their families and the community.
Close to Home: Promoting Effective Interventions for Youth in their Home Communities
May 30, 2013
This webinar showcased recent juvenile justice reforms in New York City and Illinois. It examined the implications for other states and localities--and possibly the nation--of the Close to Home and Redeploy Illinois approach and the role of SAGs in promoting similar realignment strategies. Presenters included Vincent Shiraldi, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Probation, Elizabeth Clarke, Juvenile Justice Initiative of Illinois, and Esther Franco-Payne, Metropolis Strategies and Illinois SAG Member.