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1 Jefferson Parish Children and Youth Planning Board – 2010-2011

2 Act 555- Children and Youth Planning Boards Act
In 2004, to further promote the intent of the Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2003, the provisions of Act 555, known as the “Children and Youth Planning Boards Act”, was passed. Act 555 mandated local jurisdictions create Children & Youth Planning Boards (CYPBs) whose purpose is to assist in the: Assessment Alignment Coordination Prioritization, and Measurement of all available services and programs that address the needs of children and youth. - Juvenile Justice Implementation Commission started reform effort - State realized that Juvenile Justice needed to be improve. - Community concerns prompted change

3 Jefferson Parish CYPB Established by Parish Council ordinance on August 25, 2004 Organizational Structure: Executive Committee (Oversight) Interagency Coordination and Training Prevention & Early Intervention / Continuum of Care Evaluation & Monitoring Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative Balance in Juvenile Justice Youth Advisory Board Mental Health Task Force Models for Change Committee (EBP, DMC, & AFP) How structure was developed Responding to needs of community

4 CYPB Comprehensive Plan
Submitted annually to OJJ and the Children’s Cabinet Designed to be a plan for the development, implementation, and operation of services for children and youth The plan is entitled: “Vision 2011 and Beyond: The Comprehensive Plan of the Jefferson Parish Children and Youth Planning Board” and contains: Historical and Physical Information Census Characteristics Educational Demographics Assets and Liabilities Economic Indicators Current Initiatives Comprehensive Community Profile The many agencies, community groups and individual citizens involved in this endeavor strive to carry this plan into full fruition, guided by the common, unifying goal of improving the lives of all children and youth in Jefferson Parish. Document that discusses our progress and goals for future Community assessment - Our master plan has been used as a model for the rest of the state

5 Interagency Coordination & Training
Interagency Coordination & Training Committee current tasks: Louisiana’s first Memorandum of Understanding for juvenile justice information-sharing Police on Campus Training School Administrator’s Training Staff trainings on CYPB efforts Facilitate discussion on computerized information sharing Accomplishments include coordinating training for Police on Campus (POC) and setting the stage for a system-wide information sharing agreement. Training for POC’s was recognized as a critical need due to the large percent of arrests generated in schools. A curriculum was developed in concert with Models for Change Mental Health/Juvenile Justice Action Network to provide POC’s with training that will enable them to respond to mental health crises more effectively. Since the training, POC’s have identified additional areas of concern when dealing with such crises which will be addressed via CYPB activities.

6 Prevention & Early Intervention / Continuum of Care
The Prevention & Early Intervention / Continuum of Care Committee current tasks: Collaborating with faith-based organizations in middle schools to increase suicide prevention programs; Mentoring program for 1st graders; Assisting young mothers and their babies with reading room; Working with the Youth Council to see what they feel is needed in the community along with survey of other agencies. One high risk school was targeted and volunteer tutors/mentors were provided to children chosen by educators in the first and/or second grade. Test scores, reading level, and student behavior will be tracked to determine if the addition of tutors/mentors effect improvement. The Continuum of Care Committee continues to find services that have not been included in 300 youth programs developed in the initial program survey. The COC is looking forward this year to working with the Nurse Family Partnership to assist in getting teen mother back in school and finding affordable childcare. In 2009, the COC committee introduced the web-based CYPB Directory of Community Services which already appeared on the Juvenile Services website and added it to the JP Juvenile Court website and the CYPB website to expand outreach to the community. In 2010 distribution was further expanded by the COC with creation of a resource booklet entitled Jefferson Parish Community Resource Booklet for Families with Children, placed in several areas where parents of young children visit and also available on the CYPB website. In the COC committee will be working with faith based and educational groups to provide youth that have dropped out of school the opportunity to continue their education and receive GEDs. The COC accomplished its goal of creating this PowerPoint presentation. The group will work on attaining goals not yet reached and will look at any changes that need to be made in the committee vision and goals.

7 Evaluation & Monitoring
The Evaluation and Monitoring Committee current tasks: Ensuring data-driven decision-making Develop and maintain data-collection sheet for probation department Monitors data provided by probation department Future efforts will focus on encouraging performance standards for all CYPB agencies, including data collection and analysis The Evaluation and Monitoring Committee is charged with ensuring compliance to outcome-based service provision. Through the efforts of this committee, performance indicators were established that make program evaluation part of the provision of contract services for the Dept. of Juvenile Services.

8 Models for Change The Models for Change Committee
Juvenile justice reform initiative with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Alternatives to Formal Case Processing Disproportionate Minority Contact Evidence-Based Practices

9 Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative
Detention reform initiative with the Annie E. Casey Foundation that focuses on: Detention Assessment Instrument (what is the tool) Examples of Alternatives to Secure Detention Electronic Monitoring Trackers Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking (high risk, no phone line required) Disproportionate Minority Contact Conditions of Confinement Detention Center Self-Assessment (validated instrument) – changes to Rivarde to occur as a result of findings.

10 Mental Health Taskforce
The Mental Health Taskforce current tasks: Clarify and disseminate mental health crisis protocols Assist in the development of suicide/homicide response plans for schools, Juvenile Court, the Juvenile Assessment Center, and Rivarde Detention Center Streamline and improve coordination of mental health crises across the various agencies involved with youth Assisting with mental health services for Rivarde and JAC

11 Balance in Juvenile Justice
The Balance in Juvenile Justice Committee Addresses the juveniles that have shown a pattern of increasingly detrimental behavior to their lives and the lives of the citizens of Jefferson Parish Development of the “Red File” Program that provides up to date, detailed information to the court and probation department concerning a serious habitual offender (high risk scoring)

12 Youth Involvement The Youth Advisory Committee
Youth members meet monthly to openly discuss and analyze issues affecting youth Based on their experience members will make suggestions on how to improve services to families and youth Youth recruitment efforts

13 New Initiatives to Come
Shelter care Decreasing reliance on juvenile justice system by school system thereby reducing school-related referrals to juvenile justice (Study from school system) Community assessment Shelter care is sought as an alternative to detention for youth who have no place to go. Roughly 1/3 of all arrests originate at schools. Finding ways to assist population. Community assessment will assist in determining best services for children and youth. Data used to determine community resources and needs.

14 How CYPB impacts you Safer and healthier communities (improved child welfare indicators) Improved services to Jefferson Parish residents (Information sharing, lack of duplicative services) Improvements across the child and youth service system Financial benefits (cost savings, increased efficiency) The bottom line is that Jefferson Parish wants to provide the best services possible to the children and families. 46% decrease in Families in Need of Services from

15 How CYPB impacts you (cont.)
System-wide improvements Agreement to make data-driven decisions Reduction of juveniles in detention: Capacity is 55 juveniles. Average daily population as of July 1, 2010 is 36 juveniles. Juveniles in custody of OJJ as of October, 2010: 53 placed in secure care; 39 placed in non-secure care. Directory of services provides community members with information on services Increase in effective programs from 12% in 2007 to 95% in 2010 Improved coordination of services with Information-Sharing MOU State Office of Juvenile Justice provided statistics Other system-wide improvements: increase use best practice services, moving away from punitive-correctional model to family-focused model thereby decreasing referrals to juvenile court.

16 How Can You Get Involved?
CYPB Website: If you are interested in participating in any committee or would like to know more about our achievements, please contact the committee chairperson listed below: Interagency Coordination and Training-Dawn Palermo, , ext 862, Prevention & Early Intervention / Continuum of Care- Nancy Pearson, , Evaluation & Monitoring- Dr. John Ryals, , ext 241, Models for Change- Chris Trosclair, , ext. 285, & John Ryals Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative- Ashley DeMouy, , ext. 256, Mental Health Committee- Dr. Daliah Bauer, , Balance in Juvenile Justice- Lonnie Taix, , Youth Advisory – Kim Dilosa, ,

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