New Resource Centers Launched

Posted by Edward Loughran
January 06, 2014

The National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice at Policy Research Associates has launched the Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Collaborative for Change, one of the four resource centers supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation as part of the Models for Change Resource Center Partnership.

The Collaborative for Change promotes the mental health reforms that came from Models for Change by actively supporting their adaptation, replication, and expansion in the field. The Collaborative for Change provides juvenile justice and mental health system administrators, policymakers, program providers, and direct care staff with 24/7 access to information and resources on the new website, a help desk staffed with professionals ready to answer questions and provide information, consultation and assistance for complex requests and on-site training opportunities.

The Center on Youth Justice at the Vera Institute of Justice has also launched their Resource Center—the Status Offense Reform Center. The Status Offense Resource Center aims to help jurisdictions rethink and reform their approach to working with youths charged with status offenses by providing: a toolkit for planning, implementing, and sustaining status offense system reforms, profiles of reform efforts, research briefs, webinars, podcasts, a blog and a help desk.

In addition to Collaborative for Change and the Status Offense Reform Center, the Resource Partnership includes the Robert F. Kennedy National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice, which focuses on dual status youth and the National Juvenile Defender Center, which focuses on legal defense for indigent youths.

The Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators (CJCA) is proud to be a strategic ally of the Models for Change Resource Center Partnership.