Juvenile Justice

Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative – Risk Assessment Tool Validation

While Seattle has experienced some of the lowest overall crime rates in the past decade, the number of juvenile violent crime incidents has remained constant.  The Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative (SYVPI) was initiated as an attempt to identify and help our at-risk youth. Specifically, the Initiative invests $3.8 million annually to:

• Help youth with repeat offenses re-enter society from state and county detention programs

Expansion of HB 1524: Mental Health Diversion in Communities with Low Resources

With funding from the MacArthur Foundation and the Washington State Partnership Council for Juvenile Justice, a project team, including the University of Washington and Center for Children and Youth Justice with guidance from the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice, convened working and advisory group committees to identify opportunities for reform in state policy that would move us towards reduced use of formal court processes for youth with mental health challenges.

King County Juvenile Drug Court Enhancement Project

The Division of Public Behavioral Health and Justice Policy is the contracted program evaluator for the King County Juvenile Drug Court Enhancement Project (JDCEP). The JDCEP engages youth enrolled in the King County Juvenile Drug Court with evidence-based, youth-specific treatment. King County will partner with current contracted agencies to implement the Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach (A-CRA) coupled with Assertive Continuing Care (ACC) and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) when appropriate.

King County Family Treatment Court Evaluation

The Division of Public Behavioral Health and Justice Policy (PBHJP) conducted a three-year evaluation of the KCFTC. Led by Eric J. Bruns, Ph.D. and Michael Pullmann, Ph.D., this evaluation (1) Updated a 2006 process evaluation of the KCFTC by conducting interviews with Court staff and stakeholders; and (2) Conducted a matched-comparison outcomes evaluation of the KCFTC using parent interview and administrative data for KCFTC participants vs. non-participants who enrolled in the regular dependency court.

Washington State Juvenile Justice Rehabilitation Administration: Echo Glen Children’s Center Mental Health Services

Echo Glen Children’s Center (EGCC) is a Washington State Juvenile Justice Rehabilitation Administration (JJRA) facility for adjudicated youth, located in Snoqualmie Ridge. The University of Washington (UW) Division of Public Behavioral Health and Justice Policy (PBHJP) provides psychiatric services and consultation to youth adjudicated to Echo Glen Children’s Center, and manages a training site at EGCC for the University of Washington General Psychiatry and Child Psychiatry Residency Programs.
 

King County Department of Youth Services: Juvenile Detention Mental Health Services

The University of Washington (UW) Division of Public Behavioral Health and Justice Policy (PBHJP) provides mental health services to youth detained in King County Juvenile Detention. Youth may be detained in King County Juvenile Detention (KCJD) for a variety of reasons; including arrest, court-ordered warrant, awaiting court process including, serving a sentence, or sanction for probation violation. Non-offenders, including youth who are truant, at-risk youth, or children in need of services, may also be detained for violating court orders.
 

Building and Enhancing Criminal Justice Researcher-Practitioner Partnerships

A fundamental assumption of therapeutic interventions is that the positive results of these interventions are due to changes in attitudes, beliefs and skills. Often, however, studies only measure one or the other (skills or attitudes vs. outcomes); and when both are measured, it is uncommon to find a direct test of this pathway.

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