Juvenile Justice Home-Based Initiative

Juvenile Justice Home-Based Initiative

A collaborative project—between the Administrative Office of Probation and local foundations—aimed at reducing the number of out-of-home placements for justice-involved youth across the state.

OVERVIEW

OVERVIEW
OVERVIEW

Over the last several years, the Nebraska Legislature has voiced a vision for juvenile justice reform, which would reduce the number of out-of-home placements for youth, as well as provide services to youth within their homes, schools, and communities. Effective intensive in-home family and community-based services are not available in most Nebraska communities. Where services are available, they often lack the capacity to meet the needs of all eligible youth. From this realization, there was a need identified to make more evidence-based community services available to juveniles who are not considered a danger to themselves or their communities, as there is consistent evidence of more favorable outcomes when youth are treated in their homes and communities.

Funding provided by the local foundations make it possible to implement MST services in several areas across the state and for the Boys Town Ecological In-Home Family Treatment services to be expanded and replicated.  The purpose of the Juvenile Justice Home-Based Initiative is to increase the availability of in-home services to youth involved with Juvenile Probation, allowing more youth to remain in their home and community and fewer youth to be placed out-of-home. Additionally, the selected program boast outcomes alleviating issues resulting in delinquent behavior, thereby decreasing recidivism. The Juvenile Justice Home-Based Initiatives runs from January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2018.


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PROGRAMS

PROGRAMS
PROGRAMS

Multisystemic Therapy (MST)

Multisystemic Therapy (MST) is an intensive family- and community-based treatment program that focuses on addressing all environmental systems that impact chronic and violent juvenile offenders -- their homes and families, schools and teachers, neighborhoods and friends. MST recognizes that each system plays a critical role in a youth's world and each system requires attention when effective change is needed to improve the quality of life for youth and their families. MST works with the toughest offenders ages 12 through 17 who have a very long history of arrests. MST outcomes include reducing out-of-home placements and re-arrest rates, as well as increasing parenting skills, improving family relations, improving school or vocational participation and achievement, increasing participation in pro-social activities, and creating a support network of friends, relatives, and neighbors to assist in maintaining changes.



Boys Town Ecological In-Home Family Treatment

The Boys Town Ecological In-Home Family Treatment Model is a strength-focused home and community-based program designed to reduce risk that contributes to delinquent behavior and family dysfunction. Family Consultants work to enhance and improve youth and family functioning in the home and community and prevent the need for youth to be detained or placed in an out-of-home setting. Each family has an individualized service plan developed to include youth and family-driven goals that address the emotional, behavioral, social, educational and emotional needs of families. The services include a strong focus on family engagement, initial and ongoing assessment, individualized interventions, and case closure planning for long term outcomes. This service is designed to implement focused interventions and cognitive behavioral techniques to enhance youth skill development, such as social skills, problem-solving, and anger management skills. Family Consultants work with parents on evidence-based, behaviorally-oriented parenting practices to improve family functioning and stability in the home. Interventions also include development of informal and formal supports, linkage to community resources, and concrete services. The outcomes of these interventions are reduced truancy, substance abuse, curfew non-compliance, and other youth maladaptive behaviors.

 

 

DEVELOPMENTAL EVALUATION

DEVELOPMENTAL EVALUATION
DEVELOPMENTAL EVALUATION

As part of the Juvenile Justice Home-Based Initiative, a Developmental Evaluation (Evaluation) was carried out by TerraLuna Collaborative. The Evaluation’s purposes were to: 1) describe how the Initiative fits into the larger picture of reform, and 2) identify what system changes are needed to make the grant a successful endeavor.

TerraLuna utilized stakeholder interviews, listening sessions, and an arts-based evaluation to inform their deliverables. Below are the documents that comprise the Evaluation. These include a Retrospective outlining the development of juvenile justice reform efforts in Nebraska, a System Analysis illustrating perspectives and processes, a Vision document promulgating goals for the Nebraska juvenile justice system, and a Learning Plan providing an overview of recommendations for the reform process.

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Alongside the written Developmental Evaluation components, the evaluation team created two graphic maps. The first map illustrates the actors who are instrumental within the juvenile justice system in Nebraska. The first map also highlights the interactions between those actors, which range from governmental entities to collaborative committees to grant funding institutions. The second map walks through a youth’s journey through the juvenile justice system, highlighting key decision points such as detainment, judicial hearings, and probation decisions. These maps serve to visualize the complex and complicated nature of our state’s system and to provide a better understanding of stakeholder connections.

RESOURCES

For additional information contact:

Kalissa Holdcraft
Project Coordinator | Juvenile Justice Home-Based Initiative Grant
Office of Probation Administration
521 South 14th
Lincoln, NE 68508
(402) 419-6181
kalissa.holdcraft@nebraska.gov