CJCA Summer Meeting held in St. Louis

Posted by Mike Dempsey
September 22, 2017

The Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators (CJCA) Summer Business Meeting was held Aug.18-20 at the Marriott St. Louis Grand where over 40 CJCA directors and designees participated. 

CJCA’s signature program, the New Directors Seminar was held immediately preceding the meeting and was attended by 10 new directors including Jeff Hood, AZ; Anders Jacobson, Co; Merton Chinen, HI; Heidi Mueller, IL; Randy Bowman, KS; Tammy Wherley, MN; Mark LaBouchardiere, NE; Joyce Holmon, VA; Joseph Dominick, Florida Parishes (Region) Louisiana and Marybeth Queral, WA.   Reviews from the New Directors Seminar have been very positive and report that the training was very valuable for the agency CEO’s.

The Summer Meeting began with the CJCA Welcome Reception on Friday evening, sponsored by Kim Godfrey and Performance-based Standards (PbS).

On Saturday morning, Fariborz Pakseresht, Director of the Oregon Youth Authority and chair of the CJCA Best Practices Committee, introduced the first presentation on CJCA’s Positive Youth Development Toolkit. The toolkit is based on recommendations shared at the 2015 CJCA Leadership Institute based on the theme of positive youth development and is the work of CJCA’s Positive Youth Outcomes Committee. Shannon Myrick, PhD, Development Implementation Manager, Oregon Youth Authority (OYA) and Kirsten Kolb, MSW, Strategic Initiatives Analyst, (OYA) and Peter J. Forbes, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Youth Services led the session. Shannon and Kirsten led a presentation outlining the aspects of working with youth focused on a Positive Youth Development framework.  A copy of their presentation can be found here.

Next Olivia Martinez, Communications Specialist, at the Justice Policy Institute provided an update on the Stop Solitary for Kids Campaign which CJCA is a member of.

Carolina Zerrate, MD, MHS, Youth Anxiety Center Psychiatrist and Medical Director, Washington Heights Clinic, New York Presbyterian Hospital (NYPH) then provided an informative report on treating emerging adults with anxiety disorders.  Her presentation covered recognizing the developmental needs of emerging adults with mental health disorders, including those of racial/ethnic minority backgrounds.  Dr. Zerrate reviewed the main components of a developmentally informed intervention for minority emerging adults, as illustrated by cases treated due to the presence of anxiety disorders.  A copy of her presentation can be found here  Thank you to Kevin Brown, Director, Missouri Division of Youth Services and the CJCA Northeast Region members for hosting this Best Practices Committee session.

The CJCA Business Meeting on Saturday afternoon featured reports from CJCA President Fariborz Pakseresht and Executive Director Mike Dempsey.   Jim Gondles, American Correctional Association (ACA) Executive Director, welcomed CJCA to the ACA Congress, which would commence on Sunday Evening.

Following the Business Meeting, the CJCA Regional and Associate Members’ meetings were held.  An evening reception sponsored by Abel Screening, Inc. capped the day’s events.  At the reception there was a special thank you and tribute to Fariborz Pakseresht who has moved on to a new position as Director of the Oregon Department of Human Services.  We are grateful to Fariborz who has been with CJCA for the past six years and has served on both the CJCA and PbS Board of Directors and well as CJCA President for the past year. We will miss him and wish him all the best!

On Sunday morning, the Positive Youth Outcomes (PYO) and CJCA Recidivism Committees met.  A highlight of the PYO Committee was the presentation led by Phyllis Becker, Director of the Missouri Division of Youth Services that included both staff and youths from Missouri’s Families and Schools Together (FAST) program.  The FAST Program in Missouri is an  evidence-based multi-family  program featuring an eight week course.  The staff and youths shared their work which helps youths and families work through issues and gain needed skills to succeed at school by building strong relationships at home.

The second committee presentation on Sunday morning was from the Recidivism Committee where Susan Burke (chair) updated members on the data collection where jurisdictions have been collecting level two Recidivism data.   Susan has accepted a new position as Secretary on the CJCA Board. The Recidivism Committee’s name has been changed to the Data and Analysis Committee.  Christy Daly has been named the new Committee chair.  The committee currently meets on the first Friday of each month. For more information contact the CJCA office.

 The Summer meeting concluded at noon on Sunday with lunch.

CJCA appreciates the generosity of our meeting sponsors to help make this meeting possible including: Abel Screening, Inc. (gold sponsor), Rite of Passage, Youth Opportunity Investments, TrueCore Behavioral Health;  Community Solutions, Inc.Home Builders, Institute; Chinn Planning, Inc.; Performance-based Standards (gold sponsor) and the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Click here for a link to photos taken at the meeting.