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Improving Outcomes for Justice-Involved Girls and Women

August 31, 2016
 National Council on Crime and Delinquency   

Girls and women represent growing segments of the justice-involved population. Justice-involved girls and women have distinct challenges—such as high levels of trauma, abuse, family issues, substance use, and mental health issues—that need specialized treatment and intervention.

August 25, 2016

The fall issue of SDM News covers all things conference—the NCCD Conference on Children, Youth, and Families. Read why YOU should attend this cross-systems event, coming up in October, and how to register here.

2016 Summer Webinar – Expanding Constructions of Elder Abuse: How Older Mothers View Their 'Difficult' Adult Children

August 4, 2016
 Judith R. Smith 

Dr. Smith, from Fordham University School of Social Service, will present findings from her new research, which examined older women's perceptions of their 'difficult' adult children and of themselves. The webinar is an opportunity to discuss Dr. Smith's findings, which were collected by doing in-depth open-ended interviews with low-income older mothers (>62), half of whom had sought services within agencies that service the needs of elder abuse victims. This is one of the few studies that focused on the experience of victims of abuse. 

Antelope Valley Monitoring Team Second Semi-Annual Report

July 14, 2016
 National Council on Crime and Delinquency   

This is the second semi-annual report issued by the Monitors, which covers the monitoring activities that have taken place during this reporting period and describes our observations as to the progress of Los Angeles County and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD) in meeting the requirements of the Settlement Agreement (SA) for the Antelope Valley (AV). This report is primarily focused on work undertaken between December 2015 and June 2016. 

NCCD Newsletter: Risk and Race in Adult Corrections, NCCD Op-Eds, Early Bird Conference Deadline, and More

June 9, 2016

This newsletter includes: a new web feature series on Risk and Race in Adult Corrections, an op-ed by CEO Kathy Park; details on 2016 Conference content, sponsorship benefits, and registration; and more. *This link opens slowly; please be patient.

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)

NCCD Newsletter: NCCD Welcomes the Creators of Making a Murderer to Our 2016 Conference, and More

May 3, 2016

This newsletter includes: details on presenters at the 2016 Conference, including the creators of Making a Murderer; an annoucement of the 2016 Media for a Just Society Award finalists; an article by Dr. Jesse Russell; a new Pay for Success project; and more. *This link opens slowly; please be patient.

April 12, 2016

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.

April 5, 2016

This newsletter includes: details on 2016 Conference registration; an annoucement of the 2016 Media for a Just Society Distinguished Achievement Award Winners; an article citing Dr. Jesse Russell in the news; employment opportunities; and more. *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 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.