New Mexico’s Children, Youth and Families Department contracted with the CRC to conduct a longitudinal study of children involved with PS and then subsequently involved with JJS. The goal of the research was to identify ways to focus PS efforts to prevent subsequent maltreatment of children, reduce juvenile crime, and better support families. The sample was children age seven through fourteen involved in a PS investigation of child maltreatment during 1999.
Juvenile Delinquency Among Children Involved in a Child Maltreatment Investigation: A Longitudinal Study
Effectiveness of California's Child Welfare Structured Decision Making Model: A Prospective Study of the Validity of the California Family Risk Assessment
Over the last year and a half, research staff working on the California Child Welfare SDM® Project generated important evidence about the project's effectiveness in improving child welfare worker decision making and child/family outcomes. This report describes the results of the latest efforts to achieve the first goal of SDM® to improve the decision making capabilities of California's child welfare workers by supplying them with accurate (valid) assessment tools for their use in assessing child welfare cases and making crucial case management decisions.
Evaluation of the Project Development of National Institute of Corrections/Child Welfare League of America's Planning and Intervention Sites to Address the Needs of Children of Incarcerated Parents
NCCD was contracted by the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) to conduct a process and outcome evaluation of program development for demonstration sites funded by the National Institute of Corrections (NIC). The grantees were to develop projects that would address the needs of children of incarcerated parents. There were ten demonstration sites, four of which received 18 month planning grants, and six of which received three year grants to implement their intervention programs. The goal of the evaluation was to gain a better understanding of the processes involved in developing and implementing programs that address the needs of children of incarcerated parents.
This article spells out the continuing "war against the young," and the increased punitiveness and criminalization of youth behavior in the courts, legislatures, media, schools, and on the streets. Dr. Krisberg examines three case studies in California of struggles over pertinent legislation and concludes by describing the latest evolution in reform strategies, with youth as key leaders.
NCCD Newsletter, Summer 2004
Structured Decision Making News, National Conference: Strengthening SDM Implementation for Improved Outcomes
Over the past several decades, California has experimented with a variety of sentencing policies to reduce crime. Most of those reforms have emphasized punishment rather than rehabilitation. Survey data reported in this publication suggest that the state's public is looking for a reconsideration of these policies.
Structured Decision Making News, Risk Assessment Study of Foster Care Providers
This report funded by The San Francisco Foundation is the result of a one year collaboration of more than 20 community-based organizations and individuals to identify and address the needs of API youth in San Francisco. This effort was spearheaded by the SAAY (Services and Advocacy for Asian Youth) Consortium. A large quantity of data has been collected that documents how API youth fare in the juvenile justice and behavioral health arenas. Over 300 Asian youth were surveyed on topics such as substance use, depression, coping strategies for depression, anger/stress management, victimization, violence, gangs, and running away. A number of recommendations are made to enhance the ability of API youth to succeed; one that has already been implemented is the creation of the Asian Youth Advocacy Network that is hosting the press conference.
The National Council on Crime and Delinquency conducted a study to determine the potential benefits to Florida of adopting a data-driven approach to juvenile corrections that is based on the best national research. This study seeks to complement the ongoing work of the Florida Office of Program Policy and Government accountability (OPPAGA). In this study, NCCD has assessed the potential impact of alternative program and policy options, and provided recommendations that move toward a model continuum of graduated sanctions.
Comprehensive Community Planning is a model that emphasizes prevention, intervention, community-building, and a reliance on research as the basis for an approach to solving problems of youth crime. The model was tested in three pilot sites, Fort Meyers, FL, Jacksonville, FL, and San Diego County, CA. This publication details the planning process in each of these sites, the lessons learned, and the various benefits to the communities involved.
Thomas Morton deliberately misquotes and misrepresents the work of the Children’s Research Center in his recent publications, "Risk Wars" and "An Alternate View of Structured Decision Making Research." Children’s Research Center has chosen to respond because these publications represent a significant breach of professional ethics.