Diversion Power Point 012012

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Diversion Power Point 012012
Building a Comprehensive Juvenile
Diversion Program
January 20, 2012
UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA-OMAHA
JUVENILE JUSTICE INSTITUTE
WHO NEEDS TO BE ON BOARD?
 County Board
 County Attorney
 Community
 Other?
CREATING PUBLIC VALUE IN THE PROGRAM
 What is the current cost of doing business?
 What will it cost to change the way you do business?
 Will a diversion program have better outcomes?
PROGRAM EVALUATION
WHAT IS YOUR MISSION?
I. Systems Approach
1. Offense –based
2. Not individualized
3. Easier to implement
4.Generally less expensive
5.Less Effective in preventing delinquency
II. Delinquency Approach
1.Individual –based
2. May require assessment tool
3. More difficult (and costly) to implement
4. More effective in preventing future delinquency
HOW DO YOUTH ENTER THE PROGRAM?
 Determine who is eligible.
Review data on current youth
 Screening
Simple assessment to identify if a youth is eligible,
risk factors, assets
ASSESSMENT CONSIDERATIONS
 Evidence Based
 What is appropriate for your program?
 Common Tools: YLS/CMI; Nebraska Youth
Screen; School Refusal Assessment; Mental
Health/Substance Abuse, Developmental
Assets
PROGRAM STRUCTURE OPTIONS
 Individual Case Management
 Group Class Structure
 Blended Approach
OTHER PROGRAM COMPONENTS
 Parent Involvement
 Community Service
 Treatment
OTHER PROGRAM COMPONENTS
 Fee Structure/Sliding Fee Scale
 Policies, Procedures, MOU’s
 Staff Training
PROGRAM EVALUATION
1. Did you do what you set out to do?
2. Did you effectively serve youth?
How do you know?
a. What do you mean by effective?
b. Did you effectively divert kids?
3. Was this a cost effective means of diverting
youth?
DATA COLLECTION - JDCMS
 Web-based system – access through NCJIS
 Currently 46 counties entering data
 Three counties will upload data every evening
 “Live” data allows for up to minute data
 Allows county attorney to access plan (within
county).
FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
 Program Fee’s
 County Funding
 Grant Funding
Federal, State, Local
QUESTIONS?

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