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2016 Spring Webinar- A New Tool for Assessing Financial Decision Making in Older Adults

May 3, 2016
 Peter Lichtenberg 

In many cases of financial exploitation, the exploited person’s capacity to make decisions is the core issue that must be assessed. Therefore, it is essential for investigators to have effective instruments for measuring a person’s capacity to make independent financial decisions, but one challenge is the lack of tools to detect deficits in financial capability. This session introduces a new screening scale for financial decision-making capacity. The Lichtenberg Financial Decision Screening Scale (LFDSS) is a brief, 10-item screening scale designed to assess a vulnerable adult’s decisional ability at the point in time when the adult is making a significant financial decision. In this webinar, we will review instructions for administering the LFDSS, review screening questions and scoring, and discuss case studies using the scale. (Materials: slide presentation)

April 12, 2016
 NCCD   

Read about highlights of the 2016 NCCD Conference on Children, Youth, and Families and how to register in the Spring 2016 issue of SDM News. The latest newsletter also includes updates on NCCD’s work in Queensland, Australia, and Singapore, plus an article on risk assessment validation. *Note that this link opens slowly. Please be patient.

Using Predictive Analytics in L.A. County to Prevent Child Welfare Involved Youth from Crossing Over to Juvenile Justice

January 22, 2016
 NCCD   

NCCD recently released a report describing efforts made with the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to prevent youth involved in the children welfare system from crossing over into the juvenile justice system by using predictive analytics in the form of a newly designed actuarial screening assessment tool. Representatives from NCCD, DCFS, and CJJR presented “Using Predictive Analytics in Los Angeles County to Prevent Child Welfare Involved Youth from Crossing Over to Juvenile Justice.” During this 90-minute webinar, presenters shared their experience developing this actuarial screening assessment tool and the lessons learned from implementing it in the field. Participants also learned about the potential for other jurisdictions to develop and implement similar predictive analytics to prevent crossover from occurring.

January 20, 2016
 NCCD   

This newsletter includes: the complete RFP for Pay for Success feasibility assessments; a new webinar,"Using Predictive Analytics to Prevent Child Welfare–Juvenile Justice Crossover;" a highlight of Bryan Stevenson, Media for a Just Society Distinguished Achievement Award winner, giving his acceptance speech. *This link opens slowly; please be patient. 

Webinar: New Pay for Success RFP

January 12, 2016
 National Council on Crime and Delinquency   

NCCD is excited to announce our second request for proposals (RFP) for Pay for Success (PFS) Social Innovation Fund (SIF) feasibility assessment technical assistance. Watch this archived webinar to learn more about our selection process. The application deadline is Friday, February 19, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. PST. The complete RFP is available here.

Pay for Success Feasibility Assessment Technical Assistance Request for Proposals (RFP)

January 4, 2016
 NCCD   

NCCD will select up to three entities to receive extensive technical assistance to determine the feasibility of using Pay for Success (PFS) to support evidence-based or promising youth development programming, with an intentional focus on reducing racial inequities in child welfare and juvenile justice systems through preventing entry into these systems and/or improving life outcomes for system-involved youth and young adults of color.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Antelope Valley Evaluation Monitoring Team—Six-Month Report

December 22, 2015
 National Council on Crime and Delinquency   

As per paragraph 171 of the Settlement Agreement between the Parties, the Monitoring Team submits this initial semiannual report, dated December 22, 2015. In August 2011, the US Department of Justice (DOJ), Civil Rights Division, launched an investigation of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD) in response to complaints and allegations of violations of the Fair Housing Act in the Antelope Valley, California. Upon completion of their investigation in June 2013, the DOJ issued a letter documenting their findings that the LASD's Lancaster and Palmdale Stations had engaged in a pattern and practice of conducting stops, searches, and seizures that were unreasonable and in violation of the Constitution and federal law. Additionally, the DOJ concluded there was evidence of discrimination against African Americans in the enforcement of the Housing Choice Voucher Program (commonly known as Section 8), which is a violation of the Fair Housing Act. 

A Profile of Youth in the Los Angeles County Delinquency Prevention Pilot

December 7, 2015
 National Council on Crime and Delinquency   

This report outlines how the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services used an actuarial screening assessment, developed in collaboration with NCCD, to classify youth in the child welfare system by their likelihood of subsequent juvenile justice involvement. This enables the county to focus prevention service programming on youth at highest risk of dual-system involvement. NCCD found that youth who received prevention services had lower rates of juvenile justice involvement than those who did not; however, these findings are considered preliminary due to data limitations. 

A Profile of Youth in the Los Angeles County Delinquency Prevention Pilot: Highlights

December 7, 2015
 National Council on Crime and Delinquency   

This document presents highlights of NCCD's Profile of Youth in the Los Angeles County Delinquency Prevention Pilot, which outlines how the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services used an actuarial screening assessment, developed in collaboration with NCCD, to classify youth in the child welfare system by their likelihood of subsequent juvenile justice involvement. This enables the county to focus prevention service programming on youth at highest risk of dual-system involvement. NCCD found that youth who received prevention services had lower rates of juvenile justice involvement than those who did not; however, these findings are considered preliminary due to data limitations. The full report can be found here.

December 2, 2015
 NCCD   

This newsletter includes: a Save the Date for the 2016 NCCD Conference on Children, Youth, and Families; an op-ed by CEO Kathy Park;the 2016 Pay for Success RFP; new projects and publications on child protection. *This link opens slowly; please be patient.