The Structured Decision Making® (SDM) model for juvenile justice, a group of standardized assessments developed by NCCD, identifies the risk levels of system-involved young people and helps judges determine their best disposition options in court. These assessments also help courts place youth in the least restrictive environments needed to ensure public safety. NCCD has developed this judicial guide to address the needs and concerns of judges around decision points in the juvenile justice system. Other juvenile justice stakeholders will also find useful information on decision points, adolescent development research, and best practices.
For the final webinar in our series on predictive analytics and child protection, Dr. Jesse Russell discusses what questions organizations considering predictive analytics should be asking--both of themselves and of researchers. Learn more about how predictive analytics operates in the real world and how to best use it to improve outcomes for children and families.
This issue of the newsletter includes: a collaboration between Westat and NCCD; a new webinar on predictive analytics and child protection; CEO Kathy Park represents NCCD around the country; the 2016 Media for a Just Society Awards call for entries opens. *This link opens slowly; please be patient.
The Fall 2015 issue of SDM News describes the benefits of documentation (aka paperwork) using SDM assessments; NCCD's latest work in Singapore; and a pilot program focused on infant safety in San Diego County, California. In addition, meet three new NCCD staff members. *Note that this link opens slowly. Please be patient.
In this webinar we will discuss the implementation of mental health screening and Problem-Solving Therapy (PST) in routine elder abuse services. Providing Options To Elderly Clients Together (PROTECT) is a mental health program in which anxiety and depression screening and PST with anxiety management are integrated into elder abuse services to improve outcomes for victims with depression and/or anxiety. The webinar will describe the methods used and the effects of the program on staff and clients. (Materials: slide presentation)
This webinar is the second of three in a series on predictive analytics in child protection. The first webinar is available here.
The October newsletter announces the winners of the 2015 Media for a Just Society Awards; announces new papers on predictive analytics in child protection, by Dr. Jesse Russell; and details new projects in Ventura County.*Note that the link opens slowly. Please be patient.
The first webinar in our series of three on predictive analytics in child protection.
The September newsletter announces the launch of the new SafeMeasures® website; Texas CPS adopts the SDM® system; Dr. Jesse Russell named Chief Program Officer; Jennifer Cotter named associate director of NCCD’s Children’s Research Center. *Note that the link opens slowly. Please be patient.
A comprehensive collaborative effort to address gang and youth violence in the City of Salinas, California, is having a positive impact, according to a recent study by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD). Using a mixed-methods approach to collecting and analyzing data, NCCD evaluated the Strategic Work Plan for the city of Salinas, which was developed by a coalition of Salinas organizations and leaders. Results of the evaluation indicate improvements in the community, including better relationships between residents and law enforcement and improved communication among local organizations that address violence. This report highlights some of the effort's main achievements and challenges and includes recommendations for improvement. An executive summary of the report can be found here.