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Sustaining Change: A Models for Change Guidebook

NCJ Number
Janet K. Wiig; Joseph J. Cocozza; John A. Morris; Jennie L. Shufelt; Kathleen R. Skowyra
Date Published
June 2010
23 pages
This guide provides information key to create successful and replicable models of juvenile justice reform.
This guide provides information to create successful and replicable models of juvenile justice reform through targeted investments in key States. Models for Change seeks to accelerate progress toward a more effective, fair, and developmentally sound juvenile justice system that holds young people accountable for their actions, provides for their rehabilitation, protects them from harm, increases their life chances, and manages the risk they pose to themselves and to the public. This document provides guidance to States and local jurisdictions as they undertake information sharing projects regarding youth served by multiple systems. The attached workbook provides a step-by-step comprehensive process to guide sites' sustainability planning. The questions included in the workbook are organized around the six elements or organizing concepts: 1) leadership and support; 2) demonstrated outcomes; 3) administration and practice; 4) funding and budgeting; 5) marketing strategies; and 6) law and policy. Also provided is a comprehensive portfolio of materials that jurisdictions may employ in any multi-system collaboration serving youth and their families. The initiative is underway in Illinois, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, and Washington, and through action networks focusing on key issues, in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, and Wisconsin. References