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King's Academy - Programmatic Profile and Educational Performance

| Dr. Janice Ereth, PhD, Susan Gramling, Sarah Covington

This is the fourth annual report on the operation of King’s Academy and is a result of intensive work undertaken by the City of Milwaukee Charter School Review Committee (CSRC), King’s Academy staff, and the Children’s Research Center (CRC).

Escuela Verde - Programmatic Profile and Educational Performance

| Dr. Janice Ereth, PhD, Susan Gramling, Andrea Bogie, MSW

This is the second annual report to describe the operation of Escuela Verde as a City of Milwaukee-chartered school. It is a result of intensive work undertaken by the City of Milwaukee Charter School Review Committee (CSRC), school staff, and the NCCD Children’s Research Center (CRC).

Darrell Lynn Hines College Preparatory Academy of Excellence - Programmatic Profile and Educational Performance

| Dr. Janice Ereth, PhD, Susan Gramling, Sarah Covington

This 12th annual report on the operation of Darrell Lynn Hines College Preparatory Academy of Excellence (DLH Academy) is a result of intensive work undertaken by the City of Milwaukee Charter School Review Committee (CSRC),DLH Academy staff, and the NCCD Children's Research Center (CRC).

Downtown Montessori Academy - Programmatic Profile and Educational Performance

| Dr. Janice Ereth, PhD, Susan Gramling, Colleeen Kerwin
This is the 16th annual report on the operation of Downtown Montessori Academy, a City of Milwaukee charter school. It is a result of intensive work undertaken by the City of Milwaukee Charter School Review Committee (CSRC), school staff, and the NCCD Children's Research Center (CRC).

Central City Cyberschool of Milwaukee - Programmatic Profile and Educational Performance

| Susan Gramling, Dr. Janice Ereth, PhD, Colleeen Kerwin

This is the 15th annual report on the operation of Central City Cyberschool of Milwaukee (Cyberschool), a City of Milwaukee charter school. It is the result of intensive work undertaken by the City of Milwaukee Charter School Review Committee (CSRC), school staff, and the NCCD Children’s Research Center (CRC). 

Scott Burdick, Program Manager in Orange County Social Services Agency, Talks about SafeMeasures®

| Scott Burdick

Orange County (California) has been an NCCD SafeMeasures® client for 15 years. Expert user Scott Burdick, Program Manager II in Orange County Social Services Agency, talks about how SafeMeasures helps his agency improve outcomes and do their work better.

NCCD Newsletter: May Conference, Pay for Success Partnership, and New DC Office

| National Council on Crime and Delinquency

Find a recap of the NCCD Conference on Children, Youth, and Families and announcements regarding a new Pay for Success partnership and NCCD's new office in Washington, DC, in the June 2014 issue of the NCCD newsletter. This issue also introduces one of our new staff members, Angela Fitzgerald; includes information about a few of NCCD's exciting new projects; and links to NCCD's most recent blog posts.  *Note that this link opens slowly, please be patient. 

Robert Lewis Jr. Keynote Speech at the NCCD Conference on Children, Youth, and Families

| National Council on Crime and Delinquency

Father Gregory Boyle Plenary Speech at the NCCD Conference on Children, Youth, and Families

| National Council on Crime and Delinquency

2014 Summer Webinar – Cognitive Predictors of Self-Care Abilities in APS Clients Referred for a Capacity Assessment

| Andrew Capehart, NAPSA

Jason E. Schillerstrom, MD, presented a discussion on the relationship between different cognitive domains (memory, visuospatial function, and executive function) and self-care abilities. The webinar specifically highlights the relationship between executive function and money management ability. Many state legal definitions of capacity are in part dependent on a person's ability to provide care for themselves. Persons unable to provide care for themselves because of a physical or mental condition often meet the definition for incapacity. However, when working with elders, there is often an assumption that cognitive deficits, such as memory impairment, are responsible for the disability.  (Materials: slide presentation)

Santa Clara County Probation Department Enhanced Ranch Program: Rehabilitation Aftercare Program

| Aishatu Yusuf, Angela Irvine

In 2006, Santa Clara County Probation Department (SCCPD) implemented programming to improve outcomes for youth offenders detained at the William F. James Boys Ranch. The evidence-based cognitive behavior model, titled the Enhanced Ranch Program, serves some of the county's most heavily entrenched juvenile offenders. The enhanced programming changed the way in which SCCPD provides services to juvenile offenders and incorporates innovative methods to improve outcomes for youth. Although the programming thus far has provided very positive results, SCCPD also recognized that there were limitations, particularly in regards to the aftercare component. An evaluation of the program indicated that it failed to provide youth recently released from custody the support, services, and supervision needed to successfully transition back into the community. 

In 2012, SCCPD commissioned NCCD to evaluate these changes and document the history and program development process. NCCD also examined RAP implementation and whether the reforms improved outcomes for youth participants, particularly in regard to reducing probation violations and new arrests.

2014 Spring Webinar – An Overview of the Assessment of Everyday Decision Making (ACED)

| Moderated by Kathy Park

Jason Karlawish, MD, provides an overview of the development and use of the Assessment of Capacity for Everyday Decision-Making (ACED). The ACED is the first tool available with data supporting its reliability and validity to effectively address a common clinical issue: is a patient who refuses an intervention to help manage an instrumental activity of daily living (IADL) disability capable of making this decision? The ACED is useful for assessing the capacity to solve functional problems of older persons with mild to moderate cognitive impairment from disorders such as Alzheimer's disease. Common clinical scenarios are the person who has problems performing an IADL, such as cooking, but refuses help to manage that IADL. Is the person capable of refusing this help? The ACED provides patient specific assessments of decisional abilities needed to make that informed refusal. The ACED works well for persons with short term memory impairments since the provided summary sheet can be referred to throughout the interview. The ACED can also help in real-world assessment of a person's cognitive abilities. It can also inform the assessment of complex cases of the "self-neglect syndrome." The ACED interview takes 15-20 minutes to administer. At the close of an ACED interview, the interviewer has a set of data that describe the person's performance on the decision making abilities. (Materials: slide presentation)