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Evidenced Based Practices In Probation Challenges and Considerations. Scott MacDonald Chief Probation Officer Santa Cruz County. Why EBP?. Current system is not working Programs and practices are driven by fear and anecdote Lack of effective programs results in unnecessary incarceration

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Evidenced based practices in probation challenges and considerations

Evidenced Based Practices In ProbationChallenges and Considerations

Scott MacDonald

Chief Probation Officer

Santa Cruz County


Why ebp
Why EBP?

  • Current system is not working

  • Programs and practices are driven by fear and anecdote

  • Lack of effective programs results in unnecessary incarceration

  • Unnecessary incarceration can increase crime

  • We are currently spending a lot of money and time without results

  • EBP holds us accountable to results and better serves youth, family, victims and the public


Probation malpractice
Probation Malpractice?

  • Banked caseloads for high risk cases

  • Intensive supervision of low risk cases

  • Outward bound programs

  • Scared straight

  • Intensive supervision without treatment.

  • DARE programs


Implementing evidenced based practice in probation

Leadership

Vision / Mission Statement

Policy and Procedures

Policy and Implementation Teams

System Stakeholders / Collaboration

Planning

Communication

Resources / Budget

Systemic change

Recruitment and Hiring

Training

Performance Management

Measurement

Information Management

Research / Evaluation

Assessment and Classification

Case Planning

Treatment / Programs

Intermediate Sanctions

Implementing Evidenced-based Practice in Probation



Ebp is compatible with juvenile justice initiatives and reform efforts

System of Care and Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative

Family Preservation

Least Restrictive Setting

Natural Setting

Interagency Collaboration

Family Involvement

Cultural Competence

Reducing Unnecessary Confinement

Developing Alternatives to detention

Reducing Racial Disparity

Avoid Net-widening

BARJ

Repair not retribution

Community Involvement

Skill building

EBP

Matching service to risk

Supports least restrictive interventions

Supports Data Driven process

EBP is compatible with Juvenile Justice Initiatives and Reform efforts….


Examples of ebp in santa cruz
Examples of EBP In Santa Cruz Initiative

  • Family Wellness – Parent Education

  • Thinking For A Change

  • Motivational Approaches to Success program

    • MET/CBT 5 Intervention with GAIN

  • Seven Challenges

  • Aggression Replacement Training


Embedding ebp curriculum into intensive programs
Embedding EBP curriculum into intensive programs. Initiative

  • Juvenile Hall

  • The Evening Center

  • Wraparound


Taking a research based perspective
Taking a Research based Perspective Initiative

  • Challenge Grant

  • Reclaiming Futures Evaluation

  • Grant Evaluations

  • Outcomes of reforms


Downsizing of delinquency in santa cruz

Downsizing of Delinquency in Santa Cruz Initiative

A Closer look at Reform Efforts In Santa Cruz









Probation department values
Probation Department Values Rates…

Reductions at all levels of Institutional care


Santa Cruz County Rates…

Reductions at all levels of Institutional care, while increasing capacity of community based interventions...


Juvenile justice interventions general fund cost per child
Juvenile Justice Interventions Rates…General Fund Cost Per Child

*Detention alternatives include home supervision, electronic monitoring and

advocacy and recreation services through a community based agency.


Final thoughts
Final thoughts Rates…

  • If we over sell, we ultimately water down

  • Talking EBP is different that Walking EBP

  • It will take state and local leadership, researchers and foundation support to pull it off

  • This constitute broad culture change and big shifts in thinking– we are not their yet

  • A curriculum is not going to change lives– Beyond social learning there needs to be a youth development framework that supports and encourages prosocial growth through advocacy in addition to supervision as we know it in probation


Ycorp
YCORP Rates…



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