NCMHJJ and NCJFCJ Announce Webinar Series On School-Based Juvenile Justice Diversion Models for Youth with Behavioral Health Needs

November 19, 2015

Please join the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice (NCMHJJ) and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) for the first in a four-part webinar series on school-based juvenile justice diversion models for youth with behavioral health needs. The series will explore the fundamental components of developing effective school-based diversion programs that identify and address behavioral health needs. 

The first webinar in this series will provide an overview of two Responder initiatives that have proven to be effective at diverting youth with behavioral health needs from the juvenile justice system.  Experts will speak to the core components of initiatives in Connecticut and Ohio, share how they are operationalized at the school and community levels, and discuss outcomes of both efforts.  Faculty will include Jeana Bracey, Ph.D. (Director of School and Community Initiatives at the Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut), Lisa Karas (Program Coordinator at the Summit County Family Resource Center), and Jeff Kretschmar, Ph.D. (Associate Professor at Case Western Reserve University).  It is an appropriate learning opportunity for professionals in a variety of settings, including schools, community behavioral health services, law enforcement, and juvenile justice.

The webinar will be held Wednesday, December 9th, at 12 p.m. ET. Please register for this webinar here.

Three additional webinars that provide deeper detail about each model will follow, including:

  • Part 2: Building the right cross-systems team to support your diversion
  • Part 3: Identifying youth with behavioral health needs who are appropriate for school-based diversion and connecting them to services
  • Part 4: Systematizing diversion initiatives through MOA’s, policies, procedures, and training
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