WHO NEEDS TO BE ON BOARD? County Board County Attorney Community Other?
CREATING PUBLIC VALUE IN THE PROGRAM What is the current cost of doing business? What will it cost to change the way you do business? Will a diversion program have better outcomes? PROGRAM EVALUATION
WHAT IS YOUR MISSION? I. Systems Approach 1. Offense –based 2. Not individualized 3. Easier to implement 4.Generally less expensive 5.Less Effective in preventing delinquency II. Delinquency Approach 1.Individual –based 2. May require assessment tool 3. More difficult (and costly) to implement 4. More effective in preventing future delinquency
ASSESSMENT CONSIDERATIONS Evidence Based What is appropriate for your program? Common Tools: YLS/CMI; Nebraska Youth Screen; School Refusal Assessment; Mental Health/Substance Abuse, Developmental Assets
PROGRAM STRUCTURE OPTIONS Individual Case Management Group Class Structure Blended Approach
OTHER PROGRAM COMPONENTS Parent Involvement Community Service Treatment
OTHER PROGRAM COMPONENTS Fee Structure/Sliding Fee Scale Policies, Procedures, MOU’s Staff Training
PROGRAM EVALUATION 1. Did you do what you set out to do? 2. Did you effectively serve youth? How do you know? a. What do you mean by effective? b. Did you effectively divert kids? 3. Was this a cost effective means of diverting youth?
DATA COLLECTION - JDCMS Web-based system – access through NCJIS Currently 46 counties entering data Three counties will upload data every evening “Live” data allows for up to minute data Allows county attorney to access plan (within county).