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SDM News - November 2013

| National Council on Crime and Delinquency

This issue of SDM News looks at building safety networks for families and the value of periodically reviewing SDM assessments; includes updates on next year's NCCD conference and NCCD's work in Singapore; "SDM Q&A," which answers questions from readers about the model. *Note that this link opens slowly. Please be patient. 

NCCD Newsletter: New Video, MJS 2014, and Alex Busansky in The Daily Beast

| National Council on Crime and Delinquency

The November 2013 issue of NCCD's newsletter announces NCCD's new video on The Giving Library; looks back at the 2013 Media for a Just Society Awards and links to the 2014 call for entries; provides more information on the NCCD Conference on Children, Youth, and Families; introduces one of our new staff members, Matt Wade, business development associate for SafeMeasures®; gives some information about a few of NCCD's new exciting projects, and links to NCCD's most recent blog posts. *Note that this link opens slowly, please be patient.

2013 Winter Webinar – The Elder Abuse Suspicion Index (EASI)©: Why a Suspicion Index and How Can It Be Used?

| Moderated by Kathy Park

In this presentation, Mark Yaffe, M.D., discusses his research on the development and validation of a brief tool for physician use to support identification and assessment of the presence or absence of suspected elder abuse. Use of the tool has the potential to sensitize physicians to elder abuse and promote referrals of possible victims for in-depth assessment by specialized professionals. While the tool was validated for use by family physicians, this presentation will also discuss what potential may exist for use by other health and social service providers, as well as for self-administration by seniors. (Materials: slide presentation) 

NCCD Newsletter - Media for a Just Society Awards, NCCD Conference, and More

| National Council on Crime and Delinquency

The September 2013 issue of NCCD's newsletter includes information about the Media for a Just Society Awards and goes behind the scenes with blog posts from all the winners, announces some of the 50 sessions that will be available at NCCD's Conference on Children, Youth, and Families, introduces Jenni Trovillion, co-director of the National PREA Resource Center, gives some information about a few of NCCD's new exciting projects, and links to NCCD's most recent blog posts. *Note that this link opens slowly, please be patient. 

Making Detention Reform Work for Girls

| Francine T. Sherman, Richard A. Mendel, Angela Irvine

In 2005, the Annie E. Casey Foundation published Detention Reform and Girls: Challenges and Solutions, the thirteenth installment in its "Pathways to Detention Reform" publication series. The report showed that while girls comprise a minority of youth who appear in juvenile courts on delinquency charges, they often present vastly different challenges than boys. The Special needs of girls manifest throughout the juvenile justice process, the report found, but particularly at the detention phase. Servicing girls effectively often requires targeted gender-responsive strategies.

A Comparison of Risk Assessment Instruments in Juvenile Justice

| Christopher Baird, Theresa Healy, MS, Kristen Johnson, PhD, Andrea Bogie, MSW, Erin Wicke Dankert, Chris Scharenbroch

Since the 1970s, those working in the field of juvenile justice have sought ways to classify offenders by their likelihood of future delinquency—primarily through the use of actuarial risk assessments. As more such assessment instruments were developed and put into use, some juvenile justice practitioners and researchers began raising concerns about the classification and predictive validity of several of these risk assessments. In response to those concerns, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention funded NCCD to conduct a study of eight risk assessments in 10 jurisdictions across the United States. NCCD researchers, in consultation with an advisory board of juvenile justice researchers and developers of commercial juvenile justice risk assessment systems included in the study, compared the assessments’ predictive validity, reliability, equity, and costs.

SDM News - July 2013

| National Council on Crime and Delinquency

The summer issue of SDM News includes the latest on the NCCD Conference on Children, Youth, and Families (formerly the SDM Conference), scheduled for May 2014. Also read updates on the integration of best practices in social work and the SDM system around the globe, use of the SDM system in adult protective services, and more. *Note that this link opens slowly. Please be patient.

2013 Summer Webinar - Elder Abuse Screening Tools for Use in Primary Care: Reaching for Solid Ground

| Moderated by Kathy Park

In this presentation, Holly K. Caldwell, PhD(c), MSN, RN, shared the results of an integrative review of elder abuse (EA) screening instruments for use in primary care. Using criteria similar to the US Preventive Services Task Force review by Nelson et al in 2004, the authors found 10 studies conducted between 2004 and 2011 that met their inclusion criteria. Ms Caldwell will discuss her findings about five novel instruments, advances in EA screening instrument development, including the enhanced ability of such instruments to identify current harm or risk of harm, and strides being made in elder abuse screening instruments designed for use in healthcare and with patients with dementia and their caregivers. Please note that a recording of this webinar is not available due to technical problems, but a copy of the presentation slides is available here. 

2013 Spring Webinar - Principles of Effective Evaluation and Research Capacity Building in APS

| Moderated by Kathy Park

Increasing demands for demonstrating positive results and outcomes of community services, including Adult Protective Services, have put significant pressure on program administrators and service providers to engage in ongoing evaluation research. In this webinar Dr. Madelyn Iris, Dr. Rebecca Berman, and Lisa Peters Beumer will describe the principles underlying effective organizational capacity-building for evaluation, review critical steps necessary for achieving evaluation goals, and highlight the benefits of engaging in on-going evaluation practice. Examples will be drawn from an innovative program called ASSERT (Assistance, Services and Support for Evaluation Research Training, a practical educational program that provides community services providers with the strategies, approaches and skills they need to conduct meaningful program evaluation and utilization-focused research. (Materials: slide presentation)

An Overview of the Courts Catalyzing Change Preliminary Protective Hearing Benchcard Study

| Dr. Jesse Russell, Alicia Summers

This paper is authored by Dr. Jesse Russell, NCCD's Director of Research in Madison, and Dr. Alicia Summers of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. The paper presents an overview of the Courts Catalyzing Change: Achieving Equity and Fairness in Foster Care Preliminary Protective Hearing Benchcard Study. In the fall of 2009, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) began a study to examine the effects associated with judges’ use of the Preliminary Protective Hearing Benchcard. For this study, data were gathered from case file information (both court and agency files) and from courtroom observations of more than 500 children in Los Angeles, California; Omaha, Nebraska; and Portland, Oregon.

A New Method of Assessing Judicial Workload in Juvenile Dependency Cases

| Alicia Summers, Stephanie O. Macgill, Sophia I. Gatowski, Dr. Jesse Russell, Steve Wood

Dr. Jesse Russell, NCCD'S Director of Research in Madison, authored this article with Alicia Summers, Stephanie O. Macgill, Sophia I. Gatowski, and Steve Wood of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. This article describes a new method for calculating judicial workload in dependency or child abuse and neglect cases. The workload assessment method presented here can have a critical impact on courts that need to understand better the complex workloads of their juvenile dependency court judges by providing a more accurate estimate of judicial resource needs in terms of best practices.

Reflective Decision-Making and Foster Care Placements

| Dr. Jesse Russell, Alicia Summers

This study was authored by NCCD's Director of Research in Madison, Dr. Jesse Russell, and Alicia Summers of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. The study highlights the potential for field interventions to influence practice in decision-making areas that are susceptible to implicit bias. A reflective decision-making training and tool were found to significantly alter decision-making at critical points in juvenile dependency cases. The findings support the idea that bias can be addressed and lessened through training and tools targeted at reflective decision-making.