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April 6, 2017 - Training Opportunity - National Leadership Summit: School Based Policing and School Safety in the 21st Century

Join the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) in Hoover (AL) in the upcoming 2017 National Leadership Summit: School-Based Policing and School Safety in the 21st Century. The Summit will take place May 8-9, 2017. The Summit will provide law enforcement, school personnel, juvenile court judges, and stakeholders information on addressing school safety. Agenda topics will include:

  • Foundations to a successful school-based policing program and school safety
  • Leadership response before and during a critical incident
  • Reunification: Lessons learned as a survivor of the Virginia Tech tragedy
  • Recovery: Leadership lessons from Columbine and beyond
  • School safety legal update and legislative reform: Government liability and failure to train

Resources:
To learn about promoting school safely, click here to read the OJJDP Model Programs Guide.

To register or for more information about the Summit, click here.

Mar. 14, 2017 - IHEP launches new #CollegeNot Prison Campaign

The Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) has launched #CollegeNotPrison campaign that highlights the "need to increase access to higher education for justice system-impacted youth. #CollegeNotPrison was created to "educate policymakers, campus leaders, and the public about the financial barriers justice-involved youth face when pursuing higher education."

#CollegeNotPrison features a two-minute video of Alton Pitre a sociology major attending Morehouse College talking about his experience as a justice-involved youth wrongfully incarcerated. Pitre talks about his experience and speaks about the policy changes to increase access for youth involved in the justice system. To view his story and information visit CollegeNotPrison.com website.

Visit the CollegeNotPrison website created by IHEP to address these important issues. We encourage you to share #CollegeNotPrison video to the following social media outlets.

Share the #CollegeNotPrison video on Twitter - https://twitter.com/IHEPTweets
#CollegeNotPrison tweets


College changes lives. Make #HigherEd accessible and affordable for justice-involved youth. #CollegeNotPrison https://collegenotprison.com
College is a smart investment. Every $1 spent on prison education saves $4 on re-imprisonment. #CollegeNotPrison https://collegenotprison.com
It’s time to reduce recidivism. 1989-2013 state #HigherEd spending rose 5% vs 89% on corrections. #CollegeNotPrison https://collegenotprison.com

Feb. 27, 2017 - Now Accepting Applications! School-Justice Partnership Institute

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) is currently accepting applications to attend and participate in the School-Justice Partnership Institute. The Institute is a two and a half day event open to multidisciplinary teams who are in the early stages of building a school-justice collaborative. The goal of the Institute is to broadly educate on school-justice issues and how to collaborate to reduce the number of youth pushed out of school and into the juvenile justice system. Teams accepted will receive funding to cover travel, lodging and per diem. The Institute will include the following topics:

  • The role of stakeholders
  • Meaningful parent and youth engagement
  • Promising interventions for reducing school push out
  • Mental and behavioral health issues
  • Addressing racial, gender, and special populations
  • Building a strong collaborative team
  • And many more!

Who should attend? The team should include the following representative(s):

  • Juvenile Court Judge
  • Educator or School District Administrator
  • Law Enforcement Officer or School Resource Officer
  • Mental / Behavior Health Provider / Social Services

Pre-application There is no registration fee for this program. To be fully considered you and your team must attend the entire Institute. If you are unable to attend the entire Institute, please contact us for other training opportunities. The Institute will begin at 8:00 a.m. on the first day and will conclude on third day at 12:00 p.m.

Please note that the completion of the application does not guarantee your acceptance.

Deadline The deadline to submit your application is Friday, March 31, 2017. Click here to begin your application.

Feb. 13, 2017 - New Website Prepares School Responder Models for Liftoff

The National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice (NCMHJJ) has launched a new website designed to guide local leaders and stakeholders through the process of establishing a School Responder Model (SRM), preparing them for liftoff. An SRM is a behavioral health response to school infractions that provides an alternative to exclusionary school discipline and justice system referral by addressing root causes of behavior through community-based service provision. The website 

  • Explains why the model is necessary,
  • Outlines key steps in setting up a successful SRM,
  • Provides concrete resources such as sample consent forms, memorandums of understanding, and SRM structure flowcharts, and
  • Offers a tool to gauge progress in an SRM’s implementation.

This site is a peer resource created by four teams of state and local system leaders in Nevada, New York, West Virginia, and Wisconsin that participated in the 2015-16 Policy Academy-Action Network Initiative sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The creation of this product was coordinated by the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice, and any questions may be directed to ncmhjj@prainc.com.

Click here to visit Building a School Responder Model: Guidance From Existing Diversion Initiatives for Youth With Behavioral Health Needs. 

Jan. 13, 2017 - Training Opportunity - National Center for School Engagement Training on Problem Solving Truancy Court

Join the National Center for School Engagement (NCSE) in Denver for a training on how to transform a traditional truancy court into a problem-solving court. Rather than taking a punitive approach, problem solving courts help identify and correct the root of the problem, and are far more successful. Retired Judge Dennis Maes, who designed one of the first such court programs, is the lead trainer. Click on the button below for additional information regarding the NCSE training. For more information about NCSE, click here.

Tips: Come a day early to join us for Evaluating Your Truancy Reduction Program, then spend the weekend skiing in the Rockies!

Jan. 13, 2017 - Department of Education Releases Resources To Support Justice-Involved Youth Transition

The U.S. Department of Education announced the release of new guides and resources to help justice-involved youth successfully transition back to traditional school settings and avoid recidivism. The resources include a guide written for incarcerated youth, a newly updated transition toolkit and resource guide for practitioners in juvenile justice facilities, a document detailing education programs in juvenile justice facilities from the most recent Civil Rights Data Collection, and a website that provides technical assistance to support youth with disabilities transitioning out of juvenile justice facilities. The resources supplement the Department’s joint guidance with the U.S. Department of Justice to improve school climate and reduce the school-to-prison pipeline.

Nov. 1, 2016 - The Office for Civil Rights and the U.S. Department of Education releases new resources on the 2013-14 Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC)

The Office for Civil Rights (OSR) has released resources corresponding to the 2013-14 Civil Rights Data Collection. The CRDC "is a powerful tool that not only enhances OCR's enforcement work but also informs student, parent, and educator decisions, and helps researchers, advocates, and the public to identify and shine a light on systemic concerns." Visit the CRDC Reporting Website at http://ocrdata.ed.gov to view the data for the 2013-14 school year. This CRDC Report Website "contains summaries of selected facts, detailed data tables, data analysis tools, and special reports for the 16,758 school districts and 95,507 schools that completed the 2013-14 CRDC." The OSR has created a contact information database and can be accessed at www.ed.gov/civ-rts-coordinators for civil rights coordinators (Title IX coordinators, 504/Title II disability coordinators, and Title VI coordinators) of school districts in the U.S. Lastly, the OSR has "issued an updated First Look document summarizing some of the national trends on key equity indicators as well as updated Chronic Absenteeism data story." For additional questions or information about the 2013-14 CRDC, click here to visit the OCR's website.

Nov. 18, 2016 - New Publication! Judicially-led Responses to the School Pathways to the Juvenile Justice System Project: An Overview of the Lessons Learned

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges has published the Judicially-Led Responses to the School Pathways to the Juvenile Justice System Project: An Overview of the Lessons Learned. The zero tolerance policies that were adopted by many local and state education agencies in the 1990s had the unintended effect of unnecessarily introducing low-risk youth to the juvenile justice system for disruptive behaviors that are very typical of adolescence. Despite overall decreases in juvenile delinquency referrals nationally, including arrests of juveniles for violent offenses, the proportion of referrals for non-violent acts and relatively minor misdeeds that derive from school-related incidents has remained high in many jurisdictions. The School Pathways to Juvenile Justice System Project represented an important first phase in national response to the high proportion of delinquency referrals from schools to juvenile courts experienced in many regions of the country.
This technical assistance (TA) bulletin focuses on early lessons learned from the initial on-site TA (and follow-up TA) provided to the original 16 School Pathways demonstration sites.

Click here to download the publication. If you would like a hard copy or copies of this publication, contact Elo Chaparro at echaparro@ncjfcj.org.

Oct. 26, 2016 - New York City Is Seeing A Rise on Homeless Students

School educators in New York City (NYC) and across the country are becoming more aware of student homelessness. The increase of student homelessness affect academic performance and low graduation rates. Principal Meghan Dunn and the teachers at her school in Brownsville are aware of the students that may be homeless and provide "extra" services. The Institute for Children, Poverty & Homelessness (http://icphusa.org/) analyzed the NYC school district's 2014-15 academic years and focused on the rise of student homelessness to help provide an overview on what educators can do to help. Click here to read the article.

Oct. 26, 2016 - Denver Public Schools Propose Tax Increase to Increase Support from Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists, and Nurses

The Denver Public Schools (DPS) has proposed a budget to include additional support for students with “social and emotional growth.” The proposal and its budget will include the hiring of school psychologists, social workers, and nurses. The DPS gathered its own data to reaffirm the “national studies showing that at-risk students that are taught social and emotional skills do better on standardized tests.” Securing full time staff will support “preventative programs” in place to help students. Click here to read the article.

Oct. 19, 2016 - Department of Justice Launches Changing Minds Campaign To Raise Awareness about Children's Exposure to Violence

"The Department of Justice announced the launch of "Changing Minds," the first national campaign to raise awareness, teach skills, and inspire public action to address children's exposure to violence and trauma. Established through the Department's Defending Childhood Initiative, the national education campaign features digital and print content intended to reach adults who interact with children and youth in grades K-12. The multiyear campaign will engage teachers, coaches, counselors, doctors, nurses, law enforcement officers, and other professionals and caregivers on proven ways to help health the damage of childhood trauma."Identifying mental health disorders for children early on may prevent "school drop outs or other problems in life."

Resources:
Click here to read the press release.
Click here to visit the Department's Defending Childhood Initiative.
Visit the campaign's website at ChangingMindsNow.org.
To access the OJJDP's National Survey of Children's Exposure to Violence, click here.

Oct. 17, 2016 - The New Focus on Children's Mental Health

Identifying mental health disorders for children early on may prevent "school drop outs or other problems in life." Click here to read this article on how providing educators with mental health resources could serve as an opportunity to include mental health topics into their curriculum as a way to "increasing participants' knowledge of mental-health illnesses and decreasing diagnosable conditions."

Oct. 11, 2016 - Press Release: IBM Offers Technology Grants

"Called the IBM SafetyNet, the software can help not-for-profits -- such as those that provide services related to behavioral health, child welfare, after school recreation, job training and senior citizens needs -- evaluate and document the success of their programs more effectively." Click here for more information.

Sep. 30, 2016 - President Obama Proclaims October 2016 as National Youth Justice Awareness Month

On September 30, President Obama issued a proclamation recognizing October 2016 as National Youth Justice Awareness Month. The number of juvenile arrests have fallen over the past decade, and the majority have been for nonviolent crimes. Young people of color, particularly black and Hispanic males and Native American youth, continue to be overrepresented in the juvenile justice system. This month-long observance is dedicated to preventing youth from entering the juvenile and criminal justice systems and encourages communities to participate in activities and programs that help youth fulfill their greatest potential. In his proclamation, the President urged Congress to reauthorize the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act to protect youth and limit the number of youth held in adult jails and prisons. The President cited OJJDP’s Smart on Juvenile Justice initiative to provide job training, substance use disorder treatment, and counseling in juvenile facilities and expand community-based alternatives to youth. The proclamation also supports eliminating the use of solitary confinement, screening youth for exposure to trauma, and addressing opportunity gaps for youth through the President’s My Brother's Keeper initiative.

Resources:

Visit OJJDP’s National Youth Justice Awareness Month webpage.

Sep. 26, 2016 - How a Philly Cop Broke the School-to-Prison Pipeline

The Philadelphia Police initiated the School Diversion Program to decrease the school-to-prison pipeline. To read more about how the Philadelphia Police is giving youth a second chance and preventing future collateral consequences for youth arrests, click here.

Sep. 21, 2016 - Free Safety App Available for Schools

The Justice Technology Information Center (JTIC), a component of the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center, has launched a free app to help school resource officers and administrators address school safety and incident prevention. The app, School Safe – JTIC’s Security and Safety Assessment App for Schools, allows users to identify and address trouble spots as they walk through the school and grounds. The app is available for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices and is supported by the National Institute of Justice.

Resources:

Additional resources for school resource officers are available from the OJJDP-funded National Resource Center on School-Justice Partnerships.

Sep. 20, 2016 - Congressman Tony Cardenas Invites You to A Briefing: How Congress Can Fix the Glitch That Kicks Kids Off Medicaid

Did you know that 18 states permanently cut off Medicaid coverage for children and teenagers that enter the justice system, even if only for a few days? This happens because of antiquated computer systems and is fixable. Denying kids access to health care has very real consequences. It puts pressure on families and makes it harder for these youth people to reintegrate into society. If they've already successfully gone through the whole Medicaid application process, they shouldn't be denied access to health just because of a computer glitch.

To hear from experts in the field about how Congress can fix this glitch, and to learn more about H.R. 5100, the At-Risk Youth Medicaid Protection Act, please join us Thursday, September 22 at 10:00 am. Expert panelists include Judge Linda Teodosio from Summit County (OH); Matthew D. Chase, Executive Director of the National Association of Counties (NACo); and Jenny Collier, JD, Project Director at the Robert F. Kennedy Juvenile Justice Collaboration.

For questions or to RSVP, contact Anna Hevia in Congressman Cardenas office at anna.hevia@mail.house.gov. For more information, click here.

Sep. 8, 2016 - Obama Administration Releases Resources for Schools, Colleges to Ensure Appropriate Use of School Resource Officers and Campus Police

The U.S. Departments of Education and Justice released today new tools to improve school climates, ensure safety, and support student achievement in our nation’s schools.

To the extent a local decision is made to use school resource officers (SROs) in community schools, these resources will help state and local education and law enforcement agencies responsibly incorporate SROs in the learning environment. Additionally, the Departments have highlighted tools available for law enforcement agencies that also apply to campus law enforcement agencies.

CLICK HERE to access the letters, ruberics, and highlights from the Administration's supportive school discipline efforts.

For more information about the Administration’s work on school climate and discipline go to www.ed.gov/rethinkdiscipline.

Sep. 6, 2016 - Morrilton, Arkansas, School Resource Officer Is

School Resource Officer Phil Blaylock from Morrilton, Arkansas has taken the nationwide "carpool karaoke" and made it his own. He calls it "Cop Car Karaoke." Officer Blaylock is known for "keeping students safe" in the community and builds trust by inviting students to ride in his cop car and join him to sing in a good tune. Click here to watch the coverage by KARK News Channel 4 and his ride along videos.

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