What’s New in the Field

Juvenile Justice Leadership Academy for City Leaders
The National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education, and Families will host a Municipal Leadership for Juvenile Justice Reform Leadership Academy on June 11-13, 2014 in Washington, D.C.  This convening will provide city officials with proven practices developed through Models for Change and innovative ideas for how they can take up leadership roles in juvenile justice reform.  Through access to national experts, promising practice examples, peer sharing and local action planning, city leaders will leave with concrete steps they can take to improve outcomes of youth involved in the juvenile justice system in their cities.  Follow this link for more information and to download the RFP.   Applications to participate are due April 4, 2014.

Visit the National League of Cities Juvenile Justice Reform Leadership Academy.


Certificate Program on Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Juvenile Justice
Georgetown University’s Center for Juvenile Justice Reform is offering a new certificate program on Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Juvenile Justice.   Teams from local jurisdictions (e.g., law enforcement, district attorney, public defender, court personnel, and mental health system members) will learn how to develop strategies to reduce racial and ethnic disparities within their community’s juvenile justice system.  The training will be held July 28–August 1, 2014, in Washington, DC.  Applications are due by April 18, 2014.

Visit the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform certificate programs.


Diverting Youth with Mental Illness
The Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Collaborative for Change has released a new report, “Better Solutions for Youth with Mental Health Needs in the Juvenile Justice System.” An estimated 70 percent of justice-involved youth have a diagnosable mental health disorder. The report discusses challenges with inadequate resources to address these young people’s underlying issues and calls for an expansion of police-based mental health diversion models as well as training for police on responding to youth with mental health issues. View or download the report.

Applications are being accepted for a technical assistance program to help states and localities develop and improve policies and practices that divert justice-involved youth with behavioral health disorders to appropriate community-based programs and services. Up to five states will be selected to receive technical assistance, which will focus on school-based and probation-intake diversion strategies. Law enforcement leaders are eligible to take part in multi-agency teams to participate in this initiative, which is a collaborative effort of the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Applications are due by February 28, 2014.

View more information and download an application.


Youth Truancy and Mental Health Resources
IACP has partnered with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation on a project on Law Enforcement’s Leadership Role in the Advancement of Promising Practices in Juvenile Justice, which seeks to increase the leadership role of state and local law enforcement executives to effectively address systemic juvenile justice issues as well as improve local responses to juvenile offenders.

With support from the MacArthur Foundation, the National Center for Mental Health, and Juvenile Justice have launched the Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Collaborative for Change–which provides various resources geared to law enforcement including adolescent mental health training for police and information on diversion strategies for youth with mental health needs.

Also with support from the MacArthur Foundation, the Vera Institute of Justice has launched the Status Offense Reform Center with the publication of From Courts to Communities: The Right Response to Truancy, Running Away, and Other Status Offenses, which outlines community-based alternatives to sending these cases to court.

Visit the Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Collaborative for Change.
Visit the Status Offense Reform Center.