Improve public safety by working with parents, guardians, youth and the community, to provide youth accountability and opportunities for positive change.
Goals & Objectives
Analyze data to inform policy and practice in achieving positive youth outcomes and public safety through reduction of criminogenic risk factors and recidivism, and increase in community connectivity and educational engagement.
Replace the antiquated and unsupportable FOXPro CRIS system, an internal referral system critical to data collection and analysis
Provide all employees with regular data on program outcomes in contributing to overall reduction in youth risk and recidivism, and complete an annual department summary
Establish a process for continual review of data and outcomes for policy and operational system improvements
Implement data driven, trauma informed, and culturally and gender specific evidenced-based programs and practices associated with positive youth development, criminogenic risk reduction, and public safety
Implement clear and consistent training to build and support competencies in service delivery
Improve communication and employee inclusion in implementation of programs and services to achieve department outcomes
Create a focused shift in the lives of the youth referred to the Juvenile Department and realign them with ethical, reputable behavior, and skills to make positive decisions
Utilize the new found partnership with mental health services to access wrap around support to the entire family.
Streamlining a department-wide plan, specific to each youth, so that the intervention set up by the probation case management is reinforced by every program, allowing the youth to practice and master one skill at a time.
Search for a way to offer Parenting Classes that address and empower the parent or guardian in the day to day environment.
Identify and address areas of decision and resources to ensure equitable access and fair treatment for all youth
Implement family centered model and provide skill trainers to support youth remaining safely in the community and avoid residential placements
Engage partners in developing strategies to reduce disproportionality of diverse populations at decision points
Increase mental health partnerships to provide for appropriate placement and interventions of youth with significant mental health issues and with co-occurring substance abuse
Strengthen partnerships and improve outcomes in reducing the crossover of youth from the child welfare system into the juvenile justice system
Increase resources to address significant substance abuse and dual diagnosis issues among the youth we serve
Increase the educational and vocational success of youth and skill development for career employment readiness
Develop competencies and certification process for Alternative Programs so youth leave the program with identified skills transferable to community jobs
Develop relationships with colleges, business leaders, and community organizations to provide transition opportunities for youth to obtain employment skills, jobs, and advanced degrees
Strategically create department vision and plan for collectively increasing educational outcomes in youth served
Maximize opportunities for youth to earn and pay timely restitution owed to those they have harmed
Explore expansion of current work capacity opportunities for youth, and types of skills and jobs, and community partnerships
Ensure operational efficiencies
Continue refining systems to provide review, evaluation, and accountability for resource allocation and expenditures
Continue policy and procedure development and oversight of accountability of purchasing, property management, and loss control practices
Maximize collection of Title IV-E reimbursement and prioritize the use of the funds
Complete planning and construction of the Juvenile Department administrative building remodel so that the lay out enhances and supports the partnerships and operations of effective service