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State Officials Launch System Improvement Efforts to Help At-Risk Youth in Dodge, Gage, and Lancaster Counties

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Nebraska Judicial Branch and the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform Announce Expansion of Practice Model to Three Sites in Nebraska

Key stakeholders from Nebraska and Georgetown University’s Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) will convene on Monday, April 28, 2014, to begin plans to launch the Crossover Youth Practice Model (CYPM) in Dodge, Gage and Lancaster Counties. The Crossover Youth Practice Model aims to improve outcomes for “crossover youth” – youth who have experienced maltreatment, engaged in delinquency and are known to both the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. Research shows that youth who have been abused or neglected are at higher risk of entering the juvenile justice system, therefore becoming “crossover” youth.

With funding from Nebraska’s Office of Probation Administration and support from the Department of Health and Human Services, the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform will implement the Crossover Youth Practice Model with each county’s juvenile justice, child welfare, and family court systems. “Our goal is to safely reconnect youth who have been maltreated with their families and to reduce the likelihood that they penetrate the delinquency system,” says Fremont’s Chief Probation Officer Bob Denton. “Working with Center for Juvenile Justice Reform will improve communications between our agencies and allow us to better identify and serve this population.”

The Crossover Youth Practice Model aims to help reduce the number of youth placed in out-of-home care and the disproportionate number of minority youth who cross between the systems designed to assist with maltreatment and the systems serving delinquent youth.

CJJR, a Center within Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy, will train and provide onsite technical assistance for one year to each county’s staff and stakeholders, thereby supporting the implementation of the CYPM.  Since 2010, the CYPM has improved the lives of crossover youth in more than 60 counties in 19 states, including Douglas County, NE.

For an interview with Shay Bilchik, CJJR Founder and Director, please contact Edith McCaskill at egs29@georgetown.edu, 202-687-2796.

The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at the Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy educates and supports leaders in the juvenile justice and related systems of care. The Center seeks to complement the juvenile justice reform work being done across the country by providing a multi-systems perspective and set of resources in support of this work. 


Nebraska Contact:

Corey Steel, Deputy Administrator
Office of Probation Administration

Center for Juvenile Justice Reform Contact:

Edith McCaskill



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Crossover Youth Practice Model

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