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.

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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