Inter-agency Collaboration: An Innovative Transition Practice

Event Date

Tue, 09/30/2008 - 12:30PM EDT

Description

Transition has been defined as "a coordinated set of activities for the youth, designed within an outcome-oriented process, which promotes successful movement from the community to a correctional program setting, and from a correctional program setting to post-incarceration activities." As this definition conveys, a critical component of transition is coordination. Coordination requires individuals from multiple systems to work together to ensure that a youth involved in the juvenile justice system receives all of the needed support services throughout the process. Learning how to come together and effectively work with other agencies is essential to the educational and life outcomes of youth who are neglected, delinquent, or at-risk of school failure.

This NDTAC Webinar provided practical strategies to facilitate collaboration among agencies that provide services for youth transitioning through the juvenile justice system. To gain multiple viewpoints, strategies at both the State and local levels were presented. Jane Young, Ph.D., Superintendent of the North Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, discussed facilitating collaboration among various agencies involved in transition. Tim Canter, Community Transition Specialist at Springfield Public Schools in Springfield, Oregon, presented the transition strategies he uses in his work with the school district and local juvenile justice facilities. NDTAC's Leslie Brock facilitated and led the discussion.