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Communities for a Better Tomorrow: Working for Children Everyday in Every Way
Communities for a Better Tomorrow: Working for Children Everyday in Every Way
Communities for a Better Tomorrow: Working for Children Everyday in Every Way
Communities for a Better Tomorrow: Working for Children Everyday in Every Way
Communities for a Better Tomorrow: Working for Children Everyday in Every Way
Communities for a Better Tomorrow: Working for Children Everyday in Every Way
Communities for a Better Tomorrow: Working for Children Everyday in Every Way
Communities for a Better Tomorrow: Working for Children Everyday in Every Way
Communities for a Better Tomorrow: Working for Children Everyday in Every Way
Communities for a Better Tomorrow: Working for Children Everyday in Every Way
Communities for a Better Tomorrow: Working for Children Everyday in Every Way
Communities for a Better Tomorrow: Working for Children Everyday in Every Way
Communities for a Better Tomorrow: Working for Children Everyday in Every Way
Communities for a Better Tomorrow: Working for Children Everyday in Every Way
Communities for a Better Tomorrow: Working for Children Everyday in Every Way
Communities for a Better Tomorrow: Working for Children Everyday in Every Way
Communities for a Better Tomorrow: Working for Children Everyday in Every Way
Communities for a Better Tomorrow: Working for Children Everyday in Every Way
Communities for a Better Tomorrow: Working for Children Everyday in Every Way
Communities for a Better Tomorrow: Working for Children Everyday in Every Way
Communities for a Better Tomorrow: Working for Children Everyday in Every Way
Communities for a Better Tomorrow: Working for Children Everyday in Every Way
Communities for a Better Tomorrow: Working for Children Everyday in Every Way
Communities for a Better Tomorrow: Working for Children Everyday in Every Way
Communities for a Better Tomorrow: Working for Children Everyday in Every Way
Communities for a Better Tomorrow: Working for Children Everyday in Every Way
Communities for a Better Tomorrow: Working for Children Everyday in Every Way
Communities for a Better Tomorrow: Working for Children Everyday in Every Way
Communities for a Better Tomorrow: Working for Children Everyday in Every Way
Communities for a Better Tomorrow: Working for Children Everyday in Every Way
Communities for a Better Tomorrow: Working for Children Everyday in Every Way
Communities for a Better Tomorrow: Working for Children Everyday in Every Way
Communities for a Better Tomorrow: Working for Children Everyday in Every Way
Communities for a Better Tomorrow: Working for Children Everyday in Every Way
Communities for a Better Tomorrow: Working for Children Everyday in Every Way
Communities for a Better Tomorrow: Working for Children Everyday in Every Way
Communities for a Better Tomorrow: Working for Children Everyday in Every Way
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Communities for a Better Tomorrow is an Action for Children North Carolina lead prevention initiative targeting high-risk children and youth in Halifax, Northampton, Hertford and Bertie …

Communities for a Better Tomorrow is an Action for Children North Carolina lead prevention initiative targeting high-risk children and youth in Halifax, Northampton, Hertford and Bertie counties.


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  • Action for Children is a statewide nonprofit that provides data and research to people across the state—especially policymakers—to help them make better decisions that affect our children. Our major areas of work focus on four areas: child health and safety, early care and education, child maltreatment and juvenile justice and delinquency prevention. Our work, in collaboration with other organizations around the state, has led to significant legislative change benefiting children. You might be familiar with such things as the booster seat law, the graduated driver’s license law, N.C. Health Choice, improvements in vending machine selections available at schools, most recently the seat belt and cell phone bill which were just approved by the legislature—that was all, in part, thanks to Action for Children’s efforts. We are devoted to improving the well-being of North Carolina’s children by addressing how children are doing, and then by educating people so that all children in our state are healthy, safe, well-educated and grow up having every opportunity to succeed in life.
  • In 2007, AFC staff began to gather intel at the local level. Action for Children staff held three discussion forums with church congregants, youth and key community leaders (in the tri-county area) regarding the well-being of children in their counties and the potential action steps necessary to affect change. Forum participants also discussed policy priorities and strategies for system reform among local, county-level and state-level policy work. These discussion forums, which eventually led to the development of three small county coalitions, have also moved Action for Children towards building an ongoing capacity among people of color to be effectively engaged in public policy advocacy for children. Topics included: Statewide child care subsidy issues; Growing suspension and dropout crisis across the state; Need for additional community supports for families; Impact of a fragmented mental health system on rural North Carolina; Funding for rural communities; Treatment resources for high risk and court-involved youth; and Health insurance for the uninsured. Action for Children’s youth advocacy efforts, including hosting youth focus groups were instrumental in preparing and encouraging youth in the tri-county target area to speak to policymakers about issues that impact their daily lives.
  • A Communities for a Better Tomorrow (CfBT) executive committee composed of the Chief Court Counselors from each District, the DJJDP Eastern Area Administrator, the Action for Children NC Policy & Outreach Director, the CEO, and the Project Coordinator started meeting and guiding the implementation of the initiative and forming the CfBT collaborative in early 2008. On January 30, 2009 the first CfBT collaborative meeting was held in Rich Square. Over thirty five stakeholders from across the four county area (Halifax, Northampton, Bertie and Hertford) attended. The initial task of the collaborative was to begin the process of a results-based plan for the two judicial districts.
  • There are sparse JJ resources in the East. A two year effort including meeting with community leaders, hosting focus groups, attending town meetings to gather community input.
  • These four counties were ranked the lowest under these three indicators. This preliminary data assisted in selection of the target counties.
  • Communities for a Better Tomorrow leaders went through a results based planning process. This is a community-driven process.
  • Communities for a Better Tomorrow leaders went through a results based planning process. This is a community-driven process.
  • We identified the “sectors” of the community having an impact on juvenile justice. These are the people we must bring to the table.
  • Organizations and entities represented include; schools, DSS, judges, LMEs, county managers, family advocates, district attorneys and many others.
  • CFBT Governance structure includes: 1) Executive Committee includes Chiefs, AfC Staff, GCC rep., DJJDP Area Administrator. CFBT Collaborative meets quarterly to assess progress on goals. Adjustments made as needed. JJTC structure also contributes to collaboration. Steering Committee, Supervisors, Staffings. Data-driven decision making!!!
  • Collaborative members are kept up-to-date via the listserv and quarterly meetings. Project assistant regularly sends project updates, funding opportunities, info. on trainings, legislative updates and other pertinent information.
  • Avoiding JCPC & jj system cuts!!!
  • The stakeholders then completed a three month result based planning process (Feb-April 2009). The collaborative has met in subcommittees since mid May (2009) to begin implementation of these priorities. Three subcommittees were: Program Enhancement, Communication and Parental Involvement
  • NFP estimated cost of $5,000 per family per year, and $500,000 per year for a site with one four-nurse team and supervisor. The $5,000 per family per year covers the cost of the local program plus the expense of NSO technical support.
  • The database will ease access to and increase availability of treatment resources for court-involved youth by enhancing access to information, services and supports. There are approximately 600 providers in the CFBT database. The CFBT database is updated quarterly via an automatic email alert. Additional resources are regularly added: funding pops, toolkits, research, community resources
  • A screenshot of the homepage. This is a fully searchable database available to the public.
  • NFP estimated cost of $5,000 per family per year, and $500,000 per year for a site with one four-nurse team and supervisor. The $5,000 per family per year covers the cost of the local program plus the expense of NSO technical support.
  • A comprehensive intervention strategy for court referred youth with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders.
  • Develop a consortium of providers across 4 counties with signed agreements working in conjunction with court counselors, mental health case managers, and consumers to identify, strengthen and better utilize community and regional services for court involved youth.
  • Consumers receive a continuum of behavioral health services: Assessment, Structured Family Therapy, Multi family group (8 sessions), Parent education, *Community Support, *Intensive in-home, *Therapeutic foster care
  • Data reviews are conducted on monthly and quarterly basis. Data reports are developed from the ISIS database. Wait time between referral and assessment, wait time between referral and written assessment, continuum of services provided, attendance at child and family team meetings, number of school and home visits. Action plans, what’s working, what’s not working?
  • GCC grant
  • Preliminary data: The following indicators were already on the decline prior to our results based planning process (March 2009). The community committed to further reductions through increased communication, collaboration, specialized service delivery for the most troubled youth. We will have the opportunity to see going forward the TRUE impact of our efforts. We expect GREAT results as seen from our partners in the west.
  • 17% reduction in number of detention days 07-08 and 08-09 39% reduction in number of detention days 08-09 and 09-10 Halifax county saw a 43% reduction between 07-08 to 08-09 and a 9% increase between 08-09 and 09-10. Bertie County saw a 59% decrease in total number of days between 07-08 to 08-09 and a 59% decrease in number of days between 08-09 and 09-10. Hertford County saw a 16% reduction between 07-08 and 08-09 and a 70% decrease between 2008-2009 and 09-10. Northampton saw a 25% reduction between 07-08 and 08-09 and a 55% decrease between 08-09 and 09-10. This data reveals significant decreases in detention admissions and stays. We would however, like to acknowledge the efforts of other organizations and entities in sharing the responsibility for such substantial decreases. Budget cuts forced local officials to rely less on institutionalization and more on less restrictive and costly service provision.
  • 94% reduction in YDC commitments between 07-08 and 08-09 Data not yet available for 2009-2010. Closest YDC in Kinston for the four-county target area.
  • There was a 16.6% decrease in the number of short term suspensions from 07-08 and 08-09. Data not available for 09-10.
  • Service provision via JJTC officially began in early fall 2009. Fifty-five JJTC service providers, representing mental health agencies, restorative justice and juvenile court have received multiple trainings, including the JJTC model, motivational interviewing and the ISIS database. Most recently mental health providers from two agencies, received A-CRA, an evidence based adolescent substance abuse training. Three families will share their experiences at the Sept 17 th event. Data is more readily available in the western counties as some of them began JJTC 2-4 years ago.
  • NFP estimated cost of $5,000 per family per year, and $500,000 per year for a site with one four-nurse team and supervisor. The $5,000 per family per year covers the cost of the local program plus the expense of NSO technical support.
  • Risk factors that provided the research and data for target counties. Halifax #4, Bertie #7, Northampton #10, Hertford #18. NFP of northeast leadership has decided to move forward! Working on application development; consultancy from PCA and NSO. Timeline Nov app in/Dec call with National Office; mid Dec decision made.
  • NFP leadership team developed. Meetings held since October 2009. Community stakeholders meetings held to gain buy-in and support. Received full support of the community to move forward.
  • Transcript

    • 1. Presented By: Brandy Bynum
    • 2. What is Communities for a Better Tomorrow? <ul><li>An Action for Children NC lead initiative targeting high-risk children and youth to prevent them from becoming involved or having further involvement in the juvenile justice system. </li></ul><ul><li>Halifax (judicial district 6A), Northampton, Hertford and Bertie counties (judicial district 6B). </li></ul>
    • 3. What is Communities for a Better Tomorrow? <ul><li>Funded by the Governor’s Crime Commission </li></ul><ul><li>2010 GCC Excellence Award Recipient </li></ul>
    • 4. Why these Four Counties? <ul><li>Counties were selected based on leading indicators of child health and well-being and recommendations from stakeholders across Eastern NC. </li></ul>
    • 5. NC Index Rankings County Name: Delinquent Complaints (Out of 100) School Violence (Out of 100) Suspensions (Out of 100) Halifax 71 st 81 st 76 th Hertford 30 th 47 th 95 th Northampton 96 th 98 th 93 rd Bertie 25 th 9 th 26 th
    • 6. Communities for a Better Tomorrow (CFBT) <ul><li>VISION: Every young person has the opportunity to reach lifetime success. </li></ul><ul><li>MISSION: Young people will reach lifetime success by communities providing the resources and supports needed to ensure youth have every opportunity. </li></ul>
    • 7. CFBT Principles <ul><li>Keep children and youth out of the criminal justice system by addressing their needs and their families’ needs early and effectively. </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure responses appropriate to a young person’s age and stage of development. </li></ul><ul><li>Research and evidence should inform policy and practice. </li></ul><ul><li>Race or ethnicity should not determine a child’s opportunities and future. </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone in the community must work to strengthen partnerships with others to promote child and youth well being. </li></ul>
    • 8. A Collective Effort Youth Higher Education Mental Health Health Government School Judiciary Businesses Faith Community Media Law Enforcement Social Services Parents Youth
    • 9. Community Partnerships <ul><li>In district 6A, 14 agencies/organizations have signed MOAs. </li></ul><ul><li>In district 6B, 20 agencies/organizations have signed MOAs. </li></ul>
    • 10. Members of the CFBT Collaborative Will: <ul><li>Explore and view services and service delivery with a new lens </li></ul><ul><li>Identify and help solve barriers to service delivery </li></ul><ul><li>Discover and develop new strategies to maximize the effectiveness of limited services </li></ul><ul><li>Identify ways to coordinate and pool resources within and across county lines </li></ul><ul><li>Identify administrative rules and policies that create barriers to service delivery in communities </li></ul>
    • 11. Action for Children NC Will: <ul><li>Provide technical assistance to CFBT collaborative to implement measurable results tied to priorities desired by community stakeholders & implementation of JJTC. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Present examples of evidenced-based programs and funding resources (i.e., nurse family partnership) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assist counties in obtaining funding to replicate and implement evidenced-based programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create and maintain the statewide web-based interactive database of available services/placement slots </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Assist counties in coordinating and pooling resources </li></ul></ul>
    • 12. Action for Children NC Will: <ul><li>Initiate and recommend changes in administrative rules and policies to state policymakers and legislators that create barriers to service delivery for Communities for a Better Tomorrow. </li></ul>
    • 13. Results Based Planning <ul><li>Conducted initial stakeholder meeting January 30 th 2009. Subcommittee meetings scheduled began May 15 th . </li></ul><ul><li>Stakeholders identified barriers they face when working with juveniles. </li></ul><ul><li>AfC staff developed solution statements for each barrier. </li></ul>
    • 14. Priority Ranking of Results-Based Plan <ul><li>Each participant was asked to rank each solution statement according to 2 scales: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Importance to achieving the vision/ mission </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Feasibility of implementing due to money, politics, other reasons </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Staff then took the input score and gave each statement a score </li></ul><ul><li>The first items to implement are the ones ranked the most important and most feasible. </li></ul>
    • 15. CFBT Selected Priorities <ul><li>Continuum of services for court-involved and at-risk youth </li></ul><ul><li>Transitional services for youth leaving residential placements </li></ul><ul><li>Intensive in-home services </li></ul><ul><li>Specialized services for young, first-time parents </li></ul><ul><li>Increased communication, collaboration and information sharing amongst agencies </li></ul>
    • 16. Long-term Monitoring <ul><li>The results based plans will be continually monitored and evaluated to allow flexibility </li></ul><ul><li>The plans will be evaluated based on tracking the progress of ten high cost/ high service utilizing youth and their families from the four counties </li></ul><ul><li>AfC will assist in the development of a bi-annual data card for each of the four counties based on key indicators </li></ul>
    • 17. Goals of CFBT <ul><li>Reduce the number of short-term suspensions; days court-involved youth must spend in detention and number of YDC commitments. </li></ul><ul><li>Increase availability of and access to more appropriate services for at-risk and court-involved youth by removing system barriers to intentional collaboration. </li></ul>
    • 18. Interactive Database & Websites <ul><li>www.communitiesforabettertomorrow.org is a statewide searchable database of mental health services, including information on and access to residential placement availability, service options, and community and regional resources for youth in need of services. </li></ul>
    • 19. Online Interactive Database www.communitiesforabettertomorrow.org
    • 20. CFBT INITIATIVES <ul><li>The Juvenile Justice Treatment Continuum (JJTC) </li></ul><ul><li>The Nurse Family Partnership (NFP) </li></ul>
    • 21. JJTC COUNTIES
    • 22. Juvenile Justice Treatment Continuum (JJTC) <ul><li>Provides a full continuum of integrated services </li></ul><ul><li>Depends upon one dedicated provider specializing in working with court involved youth </li></ul><ul><li>Meets court supervision requirements and continues only as long as needed </li></ul><ul><li>Addresses the specific needs of youth and families </li></ul>
    • 23. Juvenile Justice Treatment Continuum (JJTC) <ul><li>Provides outcome-driven, data-driven services that end when the goals of the treatment contract are met </li></ul><ul><li>Depends upon interagency collaboration and partnership, resulting in increased supervision and accountability </li></ul>
    • 24. Agency Partners <ul><li>DJJDP juvenile court counselors </li></ul><ul><li>A restorative justice provider </li></ul><ul><li>A behavioral health provider specialized in working with court involved youth </li></ul>
    • 25. JJTC Process <ul><li>Referral by Court Counselor </li></ul><ul><li>Restorative Justice referral </li></ul><ul><li>Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Court Report </li></ul><ul><li>Treatment Contract </li></ul><ul><li>Begin Services </li></ul>
    • 26. JJTC Organizational Structure <ul><li>Weekly Staffings </li></ul><ul><li>Monthly Supervisory Meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Quarterly Steering Committee Meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Quarterly JJTC Partner Trainings (all staff) </li></ul>
    • 27. Juvenile Justice Treatment Continuum (JJTC) <ul><li>ISIS Database: a relational database that tracks consumer progress through treatment. </li></ul>
    • 28. Replication <ul><li>Invitation from Chief Court Counselor </li></ul><ul><li>Creation of steering committee </li></ul><ul><li>Selection of private provider </li></ul><ul><li>Initial meetings with staffs </li></ul><ul><li>First training – introduction to JJTC components, creation of county teams </li></ul><ul><li>Second training – Motivational Interviewing training </li></ul><ul><li>Third training – JJTC components in detail, joint staffings, application of MI </li></ul>
    • 29. Desired Results <ul><li>At the end of three years: </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce the number of days youth spend in detention by 15% by 2012. </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce Youth Development Center commitments by 30% by 2012. </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce short-term school suspensions by 20% by 2012. </li></ul>
    • 30. Desired Results: Reduce the number of days youth spend in detention by 15% by 2012
    • 31. Desired Results: Reduce Youth Development Center commitments by 30% by 2012 <ul><li>Significant reduction in the number of youth committed to YDCs between 07-08 and 08-09. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Eighteen youth committed in 2007-2008 and one youth in 2008-2009. </li></ul></ul>
    • 32. Desired Results: Reduce short-term school suspensions by 20% by 2012.
    • 33. Desired Results <ul><li>In judicial district 6A, 67 youth have been served in the JJTC continuum since October 2009. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Of those 67 youth, 9 have completed JJTC and 6 have successfully completed. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>In judicial district 6B, 34 youth have been served in the JJTC continuum since October 2009. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Of those 34 youth, 7 have completed JJTC and 6 have successfully completed. </li></ul></ul>
    • 34. Other CFBT Initiatives: Nurse Family Partnership <ul><li>Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) is an evidence-based, community health program that helps first-time, low income mothers. </li></ul><ul><li>Each mother is partnered with a registered nurse and receives ongoing home visits through her child’s second birthday. </li></ul><ul><li>NFP) serves clients ten NC counties. (Guilford, Robeson, Pitt, Wake, Mecklenburg, Cleveland, Rutherford, McDowell, Polk and Buncombe) </li></ul>
    • 35.  
    • 36. Multi-County Service Areas with High Needs Counties Served First-time Births 2-Year Average Potential Convener High Risk Interest Expressed Readiness Summary Edgecombe 214 Communities for a Better Tomorrow Yes, all counties Yes, counties have formed a leadership team & application process underway Very High Need Population; Baccalaureate Nurses in Short Supply; CFBT has discussed this more than and decided to continue to pursue; Smart Starts and Local Health Departments involved, along with Juvenile Court Counselors Halifax 209 Hertford 71 Northampton 61 TOTAL 418 SOURCE: S. Schmidt. NC NFP Report. Prevent Child Abuse NC. April 2010. *Data for Warren only one year, 2008.
    • 37. Nurse Family Partnership <ul><li>Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) recognizes Nurse-Family Partnership as an Exemplary Model Program. </li></ul><ul><li>Every dollar invested in NFP could realize more than five dollars in return. </li></ul><ul><li>NFP expansion planned in Edgecombe, Halifax, Hertford and Northampton counties! </li></ul>
    • 38. Questions?
    • 39. Contact <ul><li>Brandy Bynum </li></ul><ul><li>Director of Policy & Outreach </li></ul><ul><li>(919) 834-6623 ext 234 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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