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February 2020    Website | Subscribe | Donate
Working With Agencies on Family First Funding Efforts
As the first organization with a federally approved independent technical review, NCCD is helping child welfare agencies evaluate their foster care prevention services to determine if they meet standards for receiving new federal funding. NCCD can conduct independent technical reviews on desired prevention programs, create and monitor outcome metrics for prevention plans, create evaluation plans, and provide prevention services gap analysis, among other services. Learn more about the Family First act and how NCCD can help here.
Trauma and Mental Health Treatment Increase Time in Placement for Justice-Involved Girls
Girls who accessed mental health services and/or violated probation were more likely than boys in the same situations to be removed from their homes by the juvenile justice system, according to a recent study by NCCD senior researcher Erin Espinosa, PhD. Espinosa co-authored an article on the study published in Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice earlier this month. The study also found that, once removed, girls also spent more time in out-of-home placement than boys and that having received public mental health treatment and/or having experienced a traumatic event slowed girls’ release from placement while severity of offense slowed release for boys.

Learn more about the article, titled “Youth Pathways: Evaluating the Influence of Gender, Involvement With the Public Mental Health System, Perceived Mental Health Need, and Traumatic Experiences on Juvenile Justice System Processing,” here. Dr. Espinosa will present a webinar on the study’s findings in the coming months.
Sarah Koenig Sheds Light on Making of Serial
Sarah Koenig—a household name for many podcast enthusiasts—received a 2019 Media for a Just Society Award for the third season of Serial. Her new blog post goes “behind the scenes” of Serial Season 3 and describes her thoughts on the criminal justice system after spending more than a year reporting from the Justice Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Read Koenig’s post here, and watch for more blog posts written by Media for a Just Society finalists and winners on our website.
New Resources Show Progress Toward a Healthier Youth Justice System
NCCD and the Positive Youth Justice Initiative (PYJI) are partnering to show how PYJI-supported community-based organizations in 11 California counties are accelerating a statewide movement to transform the youth justice system. Based on findings from NCCD’s evaluation of PYJI, four briefs illustrate how supporting communities to strengthen local infrastructure for organizing and advocacy is key to moving toward a better youth justice system. PYJI is funded by Sierra Health Foundation, The California Endowment, The California Wellness Foundation, and Zellerbach Family Foundation.

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