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Matt Wade
New Interim Director for SafeMeasures®
Matt Wade was recently appointed the interim director of SafeMeasures®. Mr. Wade has been with NCCD since 2014, serving as client relations manager for more than 60 jurisdictions nationwide that subscribe to SafeMeasures. Prior to joining NCCD, he worked for nearly a decade in a variety of social service roles in the Virginia state government. To learn more about Mr. Wade’s experience and background, click here. To talk with Mr. Wade about SafeMeasures, call (800) 306-6223 or email

SDM® in Arizona Adult Protective Services
Arizona recently joined five other US states plus the District of Columbia in implementing the Structured Decision Making® (SDM) system for adult protective services (APS). Work began in Phoenix in June to kick off the project, which is funded through a federal grant. NCCD will work with Arizona APS to customize the SDM® safety and risk assessment tools to increase the reliability, validity, and equity of decisions at critical points in casework for vulnerable adults in the state. The tools should be ready in late 2017, and NCCD plans to begin training APS specialists on using the tools in January 2018. Learn more about NCCD’s APS work here.  
Summaries of NCCD Girls and Gangs Study Available
Two publications summarizing NCCD’s study of girls and gangs in California are now available on our website. From 2012 to 2015, NCCD researchers examined the individual, family, and community factors involved in girls’ experiences with and desistance from gangs and gang-related crime. The goals of the study included identifying the reasons girls join gangs, their experiences and activities related to gang involvement, and their motivations and strategies for leaving gangs. The executive summary presents key findings from interviews with 114 gang-involved girls and young women. It also provides recommendations for practitioners, policymakers, and others who are interested in improving outcomes for gang-involved girls. The brief draws on data from the same interviews, with a focus on social supports.
Summer interns
Summer High School Internship Wraps Up
Two high school seniors recently wrapped up six weeks as student interns at NCCD. Through a partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County, the interns learned about NCCD and nonprofit work in general by spending two weeks each in communications/development, web applications, and human resources/administration. The internship was part of NCCD’s Diversity and Inclusion Initiative. Read more about this new internship program here. Read a brief Q&A with the interns here. We enjoyed working with our interns and wish them the best in their senior year of high school and beyond!

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