Models for Change (MfC)

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Models for Change (MfC) juvenile justice reform initiative partners with selected juvenile justice systems to advance reforms that effectively hold young people accountable for their actions, provide for their rehabilitation, protect them from harm, increase their life chances and manage the risk they pose to themselves and to public safety.

MfC’s goal is to accelerate progress toward more rational, fair, effective and developmentally-sound juvenile justice systems and create replicable models of reform. MfC began in four core states starting in 2004: Pennsylvania, Illinois, Louisiana and Washington. The initiative expanded to include three action networks, groups of juvenile justice professionals representing the four core states and another dozen jurisdictions focused on a specific component of juvenile justice and providing peer-to-peer support and information sharing.

CJCA has been a founding member of MfC, beginning with participation in creating the reform strategy, defining model system goals and selecting the core states. CJCA serves as a member of the National Resource Banks (NRB), representing the juvenile agencies and facilities within the NRB and providing technical assistance and resources to the field.

CJCA’s involvement in MfC has produced several tools for all jurisdictions:

  • Mental Health:
    • CJCA developed the Comprehensive Systems Change Initiative (CSCI), a collaborative approach to improve access to and availability of mental health services for youth in the juvenile justice system.

Click here for a copy of the MfC Innovation Brief: Juvenile Justice and Mental Health: A Collaborative Approach

Comprehensive Systems Change Initiative Manual: A Guide for Improving Mental Health Services for Juvenile Justice Youth (coming soon).

  • Disproportionate Minority Confinement (DMC)
    • CJCA collaborated with the Washington Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration (JRA) and Performance-based Standards (PbS) to create reports drilling into PbS data to identify racial/ethnic disparities in the education, health, mental health, substance abuse and treatment services, family contact and reintegration planning received by youths.

Click here for a copy of Automating Performance-based Standards Reporting, Using the PbS API – Lessons Learned.

MfC Innovation Brief: Identifying and Improving Disparate Treatment within Youth Facilities: A Case Study (coming soon)