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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NCCD News: New NCCD Partnership with Westat, Call for Entries for the 2016 Media for a Just Society, and More
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.
2015 Fall Webinar – Improving Client Mental Health to Positively Impact Abuse Resolution
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)
Three Examples of Predictive Analytics in Child Protection
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.
Predictive Analytics and Child Protection: Constraints and Opportunities
The first webinar in our series of three on predictive analytics in child protection.