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Child Welfare - Juvenile Justice Technical Assistance

View Nationwide Juvenile Justice - Systems Integration Consultation Initiatives
Through the generous and ongoing support of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation CWLA created the Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Systems Integration Initiative. As a result CWLA continues to guide numerous jurisdictions in achieving greater system coordination and integration for children, youth, families, and communities that populate multiple youth serving systems.

CWLA has long believed that system integration and reform is best accomplished through a comprehensive, strategic planning process that embraces and values inclusion of youth, families, and a broad representation of youth-serving agencies and organizations. This approach has been built from years of collaborative expertise and practice, use of the most credible research, and the best available information to guide the process.

CWLA is actively engaged in disseminating information through a variety of media (e.g., symposiums, conference workshops, focus groups, and publications), providing training and technical assistance, and building a storehouse of promising and proven effective strategies. As part of the process CWLA has developed tools and resources that assist state and local jurisdictions in a four phase framework for strategic planning designed to improve outcomes for dual jurisdiction and/or youth and families that populate multiple youth serving systems. The phases are:

  1. Mobilization and Advocacy:
    • Assessment of political and environmental readiness for systems reform
    • Identification and commitment to strategic goals and objectives of the collaboration
    • Identification of and address sticking points which act as barriers to teamwork

  2. Study and Analysis:
    • Data Collection, Management, and Performance Measurement (e.g., establishing governance for data collection, identifying necessary aggregate data reports, developing procedures for use of reports, and considering development of an integrated information sharing system)

    • Inventory and Assessment (e.g., inventory of program and fiscal resources, and common screening and assessment instruments; identification of key decision points and decision makers; reviewing best practices or evidence-based strategies; and identifying potential for blending funds)

    • Legal and Policy Analysis (e.g., examining and analyzing statutory, regulatory, formal, and informal policies, procedures, and protocols; clarifying laws, regulations, and policies that affect systems collaboration and information-sharing; and identifying data-sharing impediments and determining capacity to share information)

  3. Action Strategy Development:
    • Identification of priorities for all program, service, and administrative components
    • Development of priorities for an action agenda
    • Development of funding mechanisms necessary to support integrated approaches

  4. Implementation:
    • Agreement on timelines, phasing, milestones, and task assignment
    • Outcome evaluation with incremental measurement.
The goal of this effort is to develop improved cross system coordination and integration through implementation of reformed statutes, policies, procedures, protocols, and practices. The focus within a state or local jurisdiction can be in areas of (1) coordination of data and data reports, (2) information sharing and management, (3) case planning and management, (4) consolidation of resources, and (4) analysis of legal mandates and policies, all designed to improve outcomes for these dual jurisdiction and/or multi-system children, youth and families.

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