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New Article Examines Successful Evidence-Based Practice Implementation in Three Models for Change States
7/8/2015, Elsevier
By Sarah Cusworth Walker Ph.D, Brian Bumbarger M.Ed., and Stephen Phillippi Jr. Ph.D.
Achieving Successful Evidence-Based Practice Implementation in Juvenile Justice: The Importance of Diagnostic and Evaluative Capacity A new article published in Elsevier conducts a policy analysis…
Spilka given award for work in juvenile justice reform
12/13/2013, The Metro West Daily News
By Staff
Sen. Karen Spilka has been named a Champion for Change by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s “Models for Change” program for her work in juvenile justice…
Champions for Change: Core State Coordinators
12/8/2013, Models for Change
By Core States
Models for Change honors the dedicated work of the Core State Coordinators: Pennsylvania Models for Change – Juvenile Law Center Illinois Models for Change – Civitas ChildLaw Center…
A new national report shows almost half of the states are taking tangible steps to reform their youth criminal justice systems
10/10/2013, The Washington Times
By Jeffrey Anderson
A new national report shows almost half of the states are taking tangible steps to reform their youth criminal justice systems. The District is not among them. In the past eight years, some 40…
New documentary on Champion for Change Starcia Ague who overcame troubled youth to become inspirational advocate
A new hour-long documentary “Starcia” features an in-depth look at the life of Starcia Ague, a remarkable woman who overcame a youth troubled by drugs, crime and involement in the…
Nearly half of U.S. states enact juvenile justice reforms
10/9/2013, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
By Gary Gately
WASHINGTON – Nearly half of U.S. states have made great strides in the past eight years toward reducing the prosecution of juveniles in the adult criminal justice system or preventing youths…
New TVW Documentary Chronicles Pardoned Youth Starcia Ague
TVW will aired a special episode of its ongoing civics education series, Engaged: Students Becoming Citizens, about a juvenile offender who received a full and unconditional governor's pardon. The…
Real juvenile justice reform needs more than just good ideas
8/23/2013, Youth Today
By John Lash
Real change takes more than just ideas, it requires sustained and supported implementation of those ideas, and a willingness to make course corrections based on new data. It also requires that the…
With $15M in grants, MacArthur establishes 4 juvenile justice reform centers
8/21/2013, ABA Journal
By Molly McDonough
A longtime supporter of juvenile justice reform, the MacArthur Foundation has committed an additional $15 million to the effort, including the development of four juvenile justice reform centers as…
There's no such thing as a bad kid in these Spokane, WA, trauma-informed elementary schools
By Jane Stevens
In 2008, the Spokane, WA, educational community decided to embark on changing its schools to become safe and nurturing, so that kids can learn no matter what’s going on at home…or in…
MacArthur Expands Investment in Juvenile Justice Reform to $165 Million, Launches Resource Centers to Advance Reform and Improve Outcomes for Youth
Resource Center Partnership seeks to continue the wave of juvenile justice reform in U.S. by helping practitioners, policymakers tackle issues central to improving outcomes for kids and…
Clark County Truancy Workshops Are a Success
By Washington Models for Change
Youth don’t always understand that truancy is illegal—and neither do their parents. As part of its Clark County Models for Change (CCMfC) work, Clark County Juvenile Court and its…
Tavis Smiley Spotlights Washington Models for Change Programs on National Stage
5/2/2013, PBS
By Washington Models for Change
Truancy is a major issue in Washington state and is at the forefront of Washington Models for Change efforts. These efforts now have more national recognition thanks to the recent Tavis Smiley…
A New Bill Can Keep Offending Youth with Mental Health Needs on the Right Path in Washington State
By Washington Models for Change
Research shows that almost 70 percent of youth in the juvenile justice system have at least one diagnosable mental health disorder. The Washington State Legislature is considering how to put those…
Clark County Creates Ease and Efficiency in Juvenile Justice System
By Washington Models for Change
Imagine you’re a case worker in the juvenile justice system and the de facto conduit among youths and their families, government agencies, court officials, schools, nonprofit programs, and…
Benton-Franklin Counties Creates Additional Reengagement Program to Meet Dropout Needs
By Washington State, Models for Change
In 2013, Benton County is expected to see its highest graduation rate of reengaged students— those cited for truancy or at risk of dropping out. This success is the result of options like…
Champion for Change: Starcia Marie Ague
12/3/2012, Models for Change
By Washington
Starcia Ague Champion for Change award, annual conference 2012 University of Washington/School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Division of Public Behavioral Health…
MacArthur Foundation's Models for Change Initiative Announces its Knowledge Brief Series
By Models for Change
The Knowledge Brief Series describes new knowledge emerging from the Models for Change initiative, a multi-state juvenile justice initiative. Models for Change is accelerating movement toward a more…
National Youth Justice Awareness Month and Children's Health Month
October is National Youth Justice Awareness Month and Children’s Health Month. In recognition of both, we would like to remind you of two recent knowledge briefs that speak to children’s…
Campaign for Youth Justice Recognizes National Youth Justice Awareness Month
By Campaign for Youth Justice
During the month of October, thousands of people are participating in National Youth Justice Awareness Month (Y-JAM) activities throughout the country. The Campaign for Youth Justice (CFYJ) and…
Thousands to Participate in National Youth Justice Awareness Month Activities throughout the Country
By Campaign for Youth Justice
Thousands to Participate in National Youth Justice Awareness Month Activities throughout the Country Twenty-eight Events in 20 States are designed to Raise Awareness around the Issue of Youth…
Washington Models for Change Toolkit Sees 100% Success Rate in Implementation
By Models for Change Washington
Washington Models for Change site coordinator Jennie Marshall in Spokane County recently released the site’s first toolkit, titled Spokane County Toolkit for Community Truancy Board…
Short Film Captures the Gravity of Truancy and the Need to Invest in Solutions that Work
By Models for Change Washington
Truancy is a major issue in Washington state, and has been at the forefront of Washington Models for Change work since the program’s inception. Programs developed by Models for Change partners…
Using Social Media to Advance Reform
By Zerline Hughes, Justice Policy Institute
The traditional ways to communicate about our work– word of mouth, newsletter mailings, and ask letters— still do, in fact, get the job done. But with advancements in social media –…
Washington Native Communities Engaged for Juvenile Justice Reform – Cultural Enhancement Model Guides Work
By Washington Models for Change
A new, collaborative effort out of the University of Washington (UW) is bringing evidence-based juvenile justice reform practices to Native American communities. The University of Washington…
Profile for Change: Dr. Mick Moore
By Washington Models for Change
Dr. Mick Moore is a powerful voice for reform. He bridges the education and juvenile justice systems, leading interagency changes from the education side. As Assistant to the Superintendent for…
Landmark Study Offers Glimpse at Previously Ignored Youth Population
By Washington State Models for Change
Landmark Study Offers Glimpse at Previously Ignored Youth Population Youth with Both Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice History Studied A study out of King County is the first of its kind in…
West Valley Truancy Board a Model Program
By Jody Lawrence-Turner
Bored with his West Valley High School classes, Harrison Calligan thought skipping school with friends might be more challenging. The teen figured out how to block the school’s numbers from…
Champion for Change Carl McCurley: A passion for analyzing and improving outcomes
12/6/2011, Models for Change
By Washington
Carl McCurley, 2011 Champion for Change Director, Administrative Office of the Courts/Washington State Center for Court Research Read the complete 2011 Champions for Change program. Outcome…
2011 Champions for Change
By Models for Change
Champions for Change are individuals working with Models for Change in their states who have positively affected the lives of justice-involved youth, their families, and communities in ways that…
Making Major Strides in Juvenile Justice Reform
By Models for Change
For Immediate Release December 5, 2011 Contact: Zerline Hughes, / 202-558-7974 ext. 308 Jason Fenster, / 202-558-7974 ext 306 WASHINGTON,…
Collaboration for Reform
By Tracy Velázquez, Justice Policy Institute
As the MacArthur Foundation’s Models for Change initiative began to get underway in four core states, participants in the Initiative and Foundation leadership recognized a significant need: to…
Dropout Re-engagement Legislation Supports Statewide Replication of Washington Models for Change Project
By Washington State Models for Change
A Washington Models for Change partner has created a program for dropout reengagement that has been adopted as a model for statewide implementation. PathNet: A Networked Reengagement System, is a…
Zero-Tolerance School-Discipline Policies are a Problem
9/25/2011, Seattle Times
By Jerry Large
People have a bad habit of overreacting to one problem and creating another in the process. Zero-tolerance school-discipline policies fall into that category. That's become increasingly clear in…
Evidence Based Practice and Cultural Competency
By Zerline Hughes, Justice Policy Institute
As the juvenile justice field nationwide increasingly adopts the use of evidence-based practices, local practitioners are grappling with whether these programs are culturally appropriate for their…
Fighting Gangs Together
8/25/2011, Renton Reporter
By Justice Bobbe Bridge
Gang violence seems to be everywhere today, even right here in our own suburban neighborhoods – and it’s mobile, moving across city borders. So, how can South and East King County…
King County’s Academic Awareness Awards Ceremony Recognizes Remarkable Turnarounds in Student Performance
By Washington State Models for Change
The remarkable transformations of select King County students, from chronic truancy and failing grades to regular attendance and high achievement, were recognized at this year’s Academic…
Save Truant Youth Before They Get to Court
6/23/2011, Seattle Times
By Bobbe Bridge
EARLIER this month, the Washington Supreme Court reversed an appeals court ruling that truant students must be represented by attorneys at the earliest stage of truancy hearings. Many of us from…
WA Praised for Efforts to Reduce School Dropout Rates
6/8/2011, Public News Services
By Chris Thomas
SEATTLE - While most students and parents are thinking about summer vacation, one nonprofit group already is looking ahead to the next school year - and how to keep more Washington youths from…
Juvenile Justice for Parents
6/2/2011, KPLU 88.5 NPR
By Paula Wissel
It’s late Saturday night and you get a phone call. Your teenage son has been arrested. You show up for court on Monday morning unsure what to do or say. Now there’s help for parents…
Speaker in Tri-Cities to Talk About Gangs
5/20/2011, KNDU
KENNEWICK, Wash. -- A nationally recognized speaker stopped in the Tri-Cities Friday to talk about gangs. More than 200 community leaders, including police officers, educators, and mental health…
All-Sites Meeting Highlights Successes, Ramps Up Energy for Next Phase of Work
By Washington State Models for Change
Twice yearly, the Center for Children & Youth Justice (CCYJ) hosts a Washington Models for Change (WA-MfC) All-Sites meeting, an all-day event wherein participants can share successes and ideas,…
The importance of juvenile court
4/30/2011, The Daily News
By Tierra A. Busby
In a recent Daily News interview, Superior Court appointee Gary Bashor noted that some of a judge's most important work takes place in juvenile court. He advocated more funds for juvenile courts,…
Counties Trying to Find Juvenile Justice Money
3/22/2011, Tri-City Herald
By Kristi Pihl
Benton and Franklin county commissioners are searching for money to shut the "revolving door" for juvenile criminals at the bicounty juvenile justice center. But even finding $187,000 to increase…
New “Juvenile Justice 101” Program Provides Assistance to Washington Families
By Washington State Models for Change
It’s a call that is frightening for any parent to receive: a probation screener is on the line, informing a mother or father that a child is in police detention. But now in Washington…
West Valley Community Truancy Board is Honored
By Washington State Models for Change
In December 2010, the West Valley Community Truancy Board received the Community Award from the Washington State Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. The received the honor for…
Champion for Change Susan N. Dreyfus
12/1/2010, Models for Change
By Washington
Secretary, State of Washington Department of Social and Health Services Read the complete 2010 Champions for Change program. When she was appointed Secretary of Washington State’s…
2010 Champions for Change
The Champions for Change recognizes one Models for Change leader or partner from each of the four core Models for Change states (Illinois, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Washington) and each of the Models…
Building Awareness, Preparing for Change
By Daveda Russell
Washington’s Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration (JRA) is committed to addressing disproportionate minority contact across Washington state. The Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) team,…
Latino Leaders Engaged
By Washington State Models for Change
Latino leaders in Benton and Franklin counties are aligning and strategizing for change. As a follow up to their initial meeting in late May, local Latino leaders have agreed to continue meeting to…
Fast Forward Call Center Funded
By Washington State Models for Change
Benton and Franklin counties received fantastic news in support of their truancy efforts. The Eastern Washington Models for Change site recently learned that United Way has awarded over 65% of the…
Semi-Annual Juvenile Probation Manager Conference
By Washington State Models for Change
In order to create a body of support for probation managers from across the state, court officials in Washington State hold a semi-annual Juvenile Probation Manager Conference. The goal of the…
Our Kids: Our Business. A Unique Call to Action in Spokane County
By Washington State Models for Change
The symbol of Our Kids: Our Business is the pinwheel. To recognize this event, every April thousands of pinwheels are planted around the community and signs are posted as a reminder of the importance…
Spokane County Juvenile Court and West Valley School District Truancy Collaboration
By Washington State Models for Change
When students are not in school they cannot learn. Their futures are extremely limited. This is illustrated by the fact that 60% of the inmates in our jail system are dropouts. Juvenile Court placed…
Champion for Change: Anne Lee
12/1/2009, Models for Change
By Washington
Executive Director, TeamChild Seattle, Washington Read the complete 2009 Champions for Change program. It is next to impossible to name a committee or task force addressing juvenile justice…
Juvenile Justice Reform Progress in Spokane County
By Washington State Models for Change
Models for Change staff in Washington is excited about the progress Spokane County is making with alternative options in juvenile justice. Through collaborated efforts, Spokane County has expanded…
Gang Forum Task Force Meeting Yields High Turn Out
By Washington Models for Change
The Models for Change staff in Benton/Franklin County in Washington State hosted a forum to address the local gang problem and the impact that this activity has on the community. The forum served as…
MH/JJ Action Network State of Texas Awarded One Million Dollar Grant
By The Texas Juvenile Justice TBI Partnership Project
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently awarded the state of Texas with a 4-year, $1 million dollar multi-agency grant to help identify youth in the juvenile justice system who may…
Reform Efforts Improving Mental Health Services and Coordination for Youth
By Joe Cocozza
Solomon Moore’s article New York Times article illustrates the problems with using juvenile justice systems to meet the mental health needs of youth. Fortunately, there are growing efforts to…
Locking Up Fewer Children
8/14/2009, New York Times
By Editorial
In the 1990s, states and localities began sending more and more children to juvenile lockups, often for months, while they awaited trial for nonviolent offenses or even noncriminal behavior like…
Mentally Ill Offenders Strain Juvenile Justice Systems
8/9/2009, New York Times
By Solomon Moore
FRANKLIN FURNACE, Ohio — The teenager in the padded smock sat in his solitary confinement cell here in this state’s most secure juvenile prison and screamed obscenities. The youth,…
National Initiative Keeping Youths Out of Jail, Report Says
8/6/2009, Washington Post
By Henri E. Cauvin
A national juvenile justice initiative is helping reduce the number of young offenders being jailed after arrest, according to a new report by the foundation that has backed the effort. But in the…
New Report Documents Dramatic Reductions in Youth Detention
8/5/2009, Salem-News
Reformers Gather in DC to Review Progress. (BALTIMORE, Md.) - A new report released by the Annie C. Casey Foundation shows that two decades of juvenile justice reform have reduced youth detention,…
12 and in Prison
7/27/2009, New York Times
By Editorial
The Supreme Court sent an important message when it ruled in Roper v. Simmons in 2005 that children under the age of 18 when their crimes were committed were not eligible for the death penalty.…
TeamChild’s Indigent Defense Project: Improving Legal Representation for Youth
By Washington Models for Change
The defense attorney plays a key role impacting the outcome of a youth’s court experience. The better trained an attorney is in juvenile proceedings, the stronger an advocate he or she will be…
Extraordinary Assessment Research Database supports juvenile justice reform and system improvements in Washington State
By Washington Models for Change
To further reform and improve the system of juvenile offender assessment, tracking, and treatment in Washington state; Washington Models for Change state partner, the Administrative Office of the…
Health reform will help young people avoid brushes with the law
6/2/2009, The Seattle Times
By Police Chiefs Kevin Milosevich, Scott Kimerer and James Kelly
Youth crime and access to health care and mental-health treatment are intertwined, argue the police chiefs of Renton, Auburn and Burien. They make a case for reform that will help young people stay…
Federal commitment offers welcomed support to local initiatives to promote racial and ethnic fairness
By LaWanda Johnson
Acting Administrator of the OJJDP, Jeff Slowikowski, addresses DMC Action Network As local Models for Change demonstration sites show how juvenile justice systems can be more just for all youth,…
Jacqueline van Wormer–Advocacy for juveniles
5/4/2009, Washington State Magazine
By Hannelore Sudermann
One morning this winter, the Benton County Juvenile Justice Center is quiet since most of the residents are in classrooms and only one teen waits in lock-up. A couple of the guards are having an…
Functional Family Therapy services showing promising results in Pierce County, WA
By Models for Change Washington
Research has shown that Functional Family Therapy (FFT) reduces felony crime. The Pierce County Juvenile Court, in partnership with the Pierce County Models for Change DMC Committee, has implemented…
Changing model for juvenile justice
1/11/2009, Tri-City Herald
By Kristin M. Kraemer, Herald staff writer
Summary: Jacque van Wormer selected in December by her Washington colleagues to receive one of the inaugural Champions for Change awards. Article text: Jacque van Wormer has seen too many kids cycle…
Untreated Mental Health Needs Fuels School to Jail Pipeline
1/5/2009, New York Times
By Joseph J. Cocozza, Ph.D.
Letter to the Editor NY Times RE: The Principal's Office First To The Editor: Thank you for drawing attention to the issue of increasing school arrests. Frequently, arrested youth have untreated…
Third Models for Change working conference gathers forces and champions juvenile justice reform
The Third Annual Models for Change Working Conference, in December 2008, provided a unique opportunity for representatives from all areas of the initiative to come together and share knowledge, tools…
Foundation Selects Four States for Action Network to Improve Legal Representation for Indigent Youth
12/9/2008, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
(Washington, DC) — Four states have been selected in a competitive process by the MacArthur Foundation to participate in the new Models for Change Juvenile Indigent Defense Action Network…
Jacqueline van Wormer honored as Champion for Change
12/8/2008, WSU Today Online: Washington State University
KENNEWICK - Jacqueline van Wormer, a former WSU graduate is being honored as a Champion for Change in juvenile justice reform for her work in Benton and Franklin Counties to improve the lives of…
Champions for Change
By Models for Change
James Anderson, PA Elizabeth Clarke, IL Paul Frick, LA Jacqueline van Wormer, WA Four inaugural award recipients honored at Models for Change annual meeting Models for…
2008 Update: Gathering Force
By National Center for Juvenile Justice
Models for Change states and action networks are contributing to the gathering forces of significant juvenile justice reforms based in shared values, growing knowledge of what works, and a deep well…
Champion for Change: Jacqueline van Wormer
12/1/2008, Models for Change
By Washington
Benton and Franklin Counties Superior Court Adjunct Faculty Member, Washington State University Read the complete 2008 Champions for Change program. Jacqueline van Wormer is a problem solver…
Op-Ed: Better Models for Juvenile Justice
8/22/2007, The Christian Science Monitor
By Rod R. Blagojevich, Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, Edward G. Rendell and Chris Gregoire
Springfield, Ill.; Baton Rouge, La.; Harrisburg, Pa.; and Olympia, Wash. Amid news stories that raise the specter of increasing juvenile crime, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that crime rates…
MacArthur Action Networks to Address Racial and Ethnic Disparities and Mental Health in Juvenile Justice
6/19/2007, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Chicago, IL (June 19, 2007) – The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, which is investing $100 million to support and accelerate promising models of juvenile justice reform, is…
Six Counties Selected for Juvenile Justice Reform Funding Under $10 Million MacArthur Foundation Initiative
6/1/2007, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Olympia, WA – Governor Chris Gregoire today announced that six counties will receive funding and technical support to improve juvenile justice systems, part of a five-year, $10 million…
MacArthur Awards $4.2 Million to Accelerate Juvenile Justice Reform in Illinois, 3 Other States
6/15/2006, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
CHICAGO, IL—The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation today announced six grants totaling nearly $4.2 million to help accelerate promising models for juvenile justice reform as part of…
MacArthur Foundation Selects Washington as "Model" State for National Juvenile Justice Initiative
11/16/2005, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Download a PDF of the Release CHRISTINE O. GREGOIRE Governor STATE OF WASHINGTON OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR P.O. Box 40002 Olympia, Washington 98504-0002 For Release: Immediate Date: Friday, June…
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