Polk County Decategorization

Dual Status Youth Initiative Training, April 20, - April 21, 2017

 

Dual Status Youth Initiative Training

April 20, - April 21, 2017

 

Darryle Bohanna, Ph.D., RJCE Coordinator

Polk County Decategorization and Juvenile Court Services (JCS) held a Dual Status Youth Training on April 20th & 21st to focus on collaborative leadership and infrastructure. The term “dual status youth” refers to youth who have come into contact with both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems (Wiig, Tuell, & Heldman, 2013). This training was to provide collaborative leadership in efforts to better serve dually-identified youth, dually-involved youth and dually-adjudicated youth. This training brought 25 representatives together from JCS, DHS, APCA, CJJP and DMPS to collaboratively formulate a plan to better serve our Dual Status Youths. These efforts will help decrease recidivism and disproportionality rates in Polk County.

We would like to personally thank our facilitators John A. Tuell, Executive Director for the Robert F. Kennedy National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice at Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps, and Jessica Heldman, Associate Executive Director at the Robert F. Kennedy National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice at Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps. They did an amazing job facilitating this training and providing meaningful data and tools to help us with our efforts in Polk County.

 

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