DOJ, MacArthur Provide $2M For Juvenile Justice Reform

In a new partnership, the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and the MacArthur Foundation are jointly offering $2 million in funding to support innovative and effective best practices in juvenile justice reform across the country.

Juvenile justice reform enhances public safety, produces better outcomes for youth and communities, and saves taxpayer money. States and local jurisdictions are invited to learn more about this opportunity to receive funding and technical assistance from organizations that helped develop best practice models as part of the Foundation’s Models for Change juvenile justice reform initiative. The targeted reforms include: - Mental Health Screening and Risk/Needs Assessment: The National Youth Screening and Assessment Project at the University of Massachusetts Medical School will provide technical assistance on the use of evidence-based tools for case planning to reduce out-of-home placements and recidivism. Contact Laura Guy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or click here for more information, [http://www.nysap.us][1] - Mental Health Training for Juvenile Justice: The National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice at Policy Research, Inc. will provide comprehensive adolescent development and mental health training for juvenile correctional and detention staff to improve their ability to respond to youth with mental health needs. Contact Kathy Skowyra at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or click here for more information, [http://www.ncmhjj.com/news/OJJDPMac_Announcement.pdf][2] - Disproportionate Minority Contact Reduction: The Center for Children’s Law and Policy will provide technical assistance on evidence-based strategies to measurably reduce racial and ethnic disparities within the juvenile justice system. Contact Tiana Davis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or click here for more information, [http://www.cclp.org][3]. - Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare System Integration: The Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps will provide technical assistance on implementing effective practices to reduce recidivism and out-of-home placement and to improve correctional alternatives for youth in the juvenile justice system, with a history of maltreatment. Contact John Tuell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Janet Wiig at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or click here for more information, [http://www.rfkchildren.org/images/stories/ojjdp-rfk%20%20announcement.pdf][4] [1]: http://www.nysap.us [2]: http://www.ncmhjj.com/news/OJJDPMac_Announcement.pdf [3]: http://www.cclp.org/ [4]: http://www.rfkchildren.org/images/stories/ojjdp-rfk%20%20announcement.pdf