Effort to Help At-Risk Youth Launches in Washington County
For Immediate Release: Tuesday, May 06, 2014
State Officials Launch System Improvement Efforts to Help At-Risk Youth in Washington County
Key stakeholders from Oregon and Georgetown University’s Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) will convene in Washington County on Thursday, May 8 to begin plans to launch the Crossover Youth Practice Model (CYPM). The CYPM aims to improve outcomes for “crossover youth” defined as youth who have experienced maltreatment, engaged in delinquency and are known to both the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. Research shows that youth who have been abused or neglected are at higher risk of entering the juvenile justice system, therefore becoming crossover youth.
With funding and support from Oregon’s Youth Development Council, CJJR will implement the CYPM with the County’s juvenile justice, child welfare, and family court systems. “It is our goal to reconnect those youths who have experienced abuse and neglect with a safe family member and to prevent them from entering the delinquency system,” says Washington County’s Juvenile Court Judge Michele Rini. “Working with CJJR will improve communications between the agencies and allow us to better identify and serve this population.”
The CYPM aims to help reduce the number of youth placed in out-of-home care, the use of congregate care, the disproportionate number of youth of color in the crossover population, and the number of youth who cross over between systems.
The CJJR will train and provide onsite technical assistance for one year to the County’s staff and stakeholders, thereby supporting the implementation of the CYPM. Since 2010, the CYPM has improved the lives of crossover youth in more than 60 counties in 19 states, including Marion and Multnomah Counties. It plans to expand to at least 13 more counties nationwide in 2014 including Lane County.
The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy educates and supports leaders in the juvenile justice and related systems of care. The Center seeks to complement the juvenile justice reform work being done across the country by providing a multi-systems perspective and set of resources in support of this work.
Media Contact:Lynne Schroeder, Director, Washington County Juvenile Department