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JUVENILE JUSTICE TREATMENT CONTINUUM (JJTC). An Integrated Continuum of Care for Court Involved Youth.

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JUVENILE JUSTICE TREATMENT CONTINUUM (JJTC)

An Integrated Continuum of Care for Court Involved Youth


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“Despite the large numbers of youth with mental health needs in the juvenile justice system, the current landscape of service delivery for these youth is often fragmented, inconsistent and operating without the benefit of a clear set of guidelines specifying responsibility for the population.”

Skowyra & Cocozza, 2006


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JJTC COUNTIES needs in the juvenile justice system, the current landscape of service delivery for these youth is often fragmented, inconsistent and operating without the benefit of a clear set of guidelines specifying responsibility for the population.”


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A comprehensive intervention strategy for court referred youth with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders.


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Community Service to address healing the relationship with the community

Restitution to address the wrong done to others

Mentoring and other services that address the needs of the offender

Provides the opportunity for mediation and/or reconciliation with victim

Restorative Justice


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JJTC Process the community

  • Referral by Court Counselor

  • Restorative Justice referral

  • Assessment

  • Court Report

  • Treatment Contract

  • Begin Services


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Assessment the community

Structured Family Therapy

Multi family group (8 sessions)

Parent education

*Community Support

*Intensive in-home

*Therapeutic foster care

*Enhanced Services include monthly child and family team meetings

Continuum of Behavioral Health Services


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JJTC Organizational Structure the community

  • Weekly JJTC Staffings

  • Monthly JJTC Supervisory Meetings

  • Quarterly JJTC Partner Training

    (all staffs)


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Shared Supervision and Increased Accountability the community

  • Supervisors meet monthly to review data, monitor outcomes and problem solve.

  • Agency staff meet weekly to review behavioral data, discuss admissions and discharges, deal with high-risk cases and provide direction for interventions.

  • Supervisors from all agencies rotate through clinical staffings to ensure adherence to agreements and guidelines.


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Data Driven Treatment the community

  • Progress reports completed weekly

  • Data for reports comes from the JJTC Integrated Shared Information System (ISIS)

  • Data is reviewed at weekly joint staffings

    • enables monitoring of behaviors and adjustments in treatment according to data

  • Reports are provided to court counselors and judges on progress of youth and family


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JJTC Evaluation the community

  • Process evaluation

    • Gather information on program components

  • Outcome evaluation

    • Recidivism

    • Detention

  • Data sources

    • ISIS

      • Strengths – interwoven evaluation system

    • Administrative data


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RECIDIVISM the community

  • % of youth who re-offend following program completion

  • Varying definitions and timeframes

  • Additional goal – compare to North Carolina data

  • North Carolina Sentencing Commission 2007 report:

    • 2 year recidivism

    • Youth with delinquent offenses only

    • Status offenders not included

    • 31.9%


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RECIDIVISM the community

  • Our focus today:

    • Delinquent youth who completed JJTC by 10/1/08

    • Allow us to look minimally at 6 month recidivism through 4/1/09

    • For subset of overall group – also have data on 12 month recidivism

    • Break out separately

    • Same ‘window of opportunity’ to re-offend


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RECIDIVISM the community

  • 131 youth completed services prior to 10/1/2008 (6 mos. from services)

  • 104 delinquent youth completed in that time frame.

  • 11 of delinquent youth recidivated.

  • Recidivism rate of 10.6%

  • NC State recidivism rate 31.9%

    (NC Sentencing and Policy Advisory Commission 2007)


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JJTC Provider Impact Project the community

All 135 JJTC direct-service providers (court counselors, behavioral health and restorative justice providers) in 4 judicial districts surveyed:

  • Anonymous, electronic survey

  • Effectiveness of JJTC services

  • Impact of JJTC on the provider’s work

  • Overall value

    To what extent would you agree/disagree with the following statement:


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Replication the community

  • Invitation from Chief Court Counselor

  • Creation of steering committee

  • Selection of private provider

  • Initial meetings with staffs

  • First training – introduction to JJTC components, creation of county teams

  • Second training – Motivational Interviewing training

  • Third training – JJTC components in detail, joint staffings, application of MI


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District/Community Specific the community

Steering Committee

  • Causes essential collaboration across community agencies, informal support systems, and families.

  • Provides oversight to support program implementation

  • Represents the entire district to better address the needs of its communities

  • Meets only as needed


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JUVENILE JUSTICE TREATMENT CONTINUUM the community

Joining with Youth and Families in Equality, Respect, and Belief in the Potential to Change

Patti Long

JJTC Coordinator

Office: 828-631-3973

Cell: 828-508-2256

[email protected]

David Hutchinson

JJTC Trainer

Office: 828-631-3973

Cell: 828-266-8341

[email protected]

Gordon Keath

CEO, Project Challenge NC

Office: 828-765-0776

Cell: 828-467-3909

[email protected]

Chuck Mallonee

Chief Court Counselor, 30th District

Office: 828-586-5756

Cell: 828-371-1258

[email protected]


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“JJTC offers me the assurance that each recommendation is offered as a product of collaboration between the court counselor, the parents and all other agencies involved with serving the family.”

Chief District Court Judge Danny Davis

30th District


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Quotes offered as a product of collaboration between the court counselor, the parents and all other agencies involved with serving the family.”

“This is a wonderful group because we get to express ourselves and not feel bad about it because we all got problems to deal with. We help each other get through it together. P.S. This is Cool”

“JJTC has helped a lot. I always feel welcome when I come here. I would also like to remain active in the program after I graduate.”

“I did a good thing that day by handing candy to kids

and to toddlers.”

“I helped the humane society Raise money and I felt good throwing out candy to the kids.”

“Family sessions are positive experiences, helping teens and family relate to each other and to the fact that they are all in similar situations. It gives us a chance to express thoughts, feelings, without being judged in a negative fashion, plus the trust of confidentiality. When you leave, you will have a feeling of relationship, hope and acceptance.”

Juvenile’s Parent


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