John A. Tuell
While this publication’s title would lead you to believe it is specifically for those with technical assistance from the Robert F. Kennedy National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice, the workbook is designed “to provide practical guidance for state and local jurisdictions in their endeavor to improve the outcomes for dual status youth and families and to enhance system performance among the critical youth- and family-serving agency partners … [and] serves as an accompaniment to the newly revised Guidebook for Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare System Coordination and Integration: A Framework for Improved Outcomes [NIC accession no. 028039]” (p. 1). The initiative process is comprised of four phases: Phase 1—Mobilization and Advocacy; Phase 2—Study and Analysis; Phase 3—Action Strategy; and Stage 4—Implementation. Appendixes provide a wide range of associated material including: Participants by Role; Recommended Infrastructure; Sample Kickoff Invitation; Practice Development Template; Sample Kickoff Agenda; Monthly Progress Report Template; Missions and Mandates Template; Law and Policy Inventory and Analysis Template; County Case Flow Process Mapping; Screening and Assessment Inventory Example; Resource Inventory Example; Santa Clara County MOU (Memorandum of Understanding); and the Outagamie Logic Model.
“The Guidebook is designed to help jurisdictions engage in a process to determine what integration and coordination efforts will best achieve improved outcomes for children and families and the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. It can be used in conjunction with the publication, Dual Status Youth – Technical Assistance Workbook [NIC accession no. 028039] that provides month-by-month direction to implement the structure, policies, and practices to address dual status youth” (p. xx). It explains the four phases of the initiative process: Phase 1—Mobilization and Advocacy; Phase 2—Study and Analysis (i.e., data collection, management, and performance measurement, resources and practice, and law, policy, and information sharing; Phase 3—Action Strategy; Phase 4—Implementation. Appendixes include: Federal Legislation to Support Systems Coordination and Integration Between Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare; Keeping Our Children Safe--The Child Protection System; The Juvenile Justice System; Executive Summary from Doorways to Delinquency--Multi-System Involvement of Delinquent Youth?; King County, Washington; Oregon’s Executive Order; Baltimore City Memorandum of Understanding; Hopetown Hypothetical Agreement; Discussion Questions for Barriers to Integration and Coordination; Descriptions of Federal Programs for Children and Families; and summaries of federal programs for juvenile justice.