In our effort to implement Juvenile Justice Reform and in accordance with our Strategic Plan, the Office of Juvenile Justice engaged youth, staff, stakeholders, and national leaders to develop a Service Coordination Model that transforms the juvenile probation and parole system.
- Youth are equipped to become self-reliant and productive citizens.
- Youth and their families receive support and become informed and knowledgeable about available services and resources.
- Youth and their families become empowered to recognize responsibility for their decisions and actions.
- Staff assists youth and their families in navigating the juvenile justice system.
Service Coordination promotes the development and utilization of a seamless continuum of care in each Regional Service Area. Through partnerships with community based services, youth receive quality resources based on their identified needs. By encouraging service delivery to youth in the regions of their home communities, OJJ promotes family involvement, minimizes removal from the home, and increases the likelihood of successful reintegration when removal is necessary.
Service Coordination encompasses data collection, staff development, structured programming, and increased accountability. Special emphasis is placed on the use of qualified providers and well-trained staff to implement evidence-based practices and facilitate successful outcomes for youth and their families. An important component of the model is the Service Coordination Curriculum, which focuses on community organizing, empowerment techniques, building natural supports, family involvement, and community reintegration. This curriculum is based on best practice models and utilizes the experience of OJJ staff and our national partners.
The model relies on collaboration with other youth serving agencies and supportive relationships with decision makers in the justice system. Successful implementation of this model will support the agency’s vision in redirecting youth toward responsible citizenship.