CJCA is pleased to partner with the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform to release a Request for Applications for a new Length of Stay Policy Academy. The goal of the Policy Academy is to guide and support teams from state and local juvenile justice jurisdictions to examine and address policies, practices, and other factors contributing to length of stay in post-adjudication placements and to develop strategic plans to improve outcomes for young people in those placements.

Selected teams will participate in the Policy Academy for a one-year period, beginning with an initial gathering on March 23-26, 2020 at Pew’s Washington, DC office. As part of the Policy Academy, CJCA, Pew, CJJR and a team of experts will provide participants with distance technical assistance to help them to develop new policies and practices; identify and advance best practice strategies for implementing change; train staff and stakeholders to promote buy-in and collaboration; and assess, evaluate, and sustain progress. The Policy Academy participant group will also come back together for two subsequent shorter meetings during the fall of 2020 and the spring of 2021. Applications are due by November 15, 2019. For more information, please contact charity.brenstuhl@cjca.net.