Models for Change: Systems Reform in Juvenile Justice

With support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Center provided critical support to states and localities engaged in the Models for Change initiative. Models for Change was designed to create sustainable and replicable models of juvenile justice reform. Over the span of more than a decade, the Center provided training and technical assistance to improve policies and practices specific to youth with mental health conditions, captured important lessons learned, documented newly developed models, and disseminated these lessons and models to other communities seeking to engage in systems improvement efforts.

This collaborative work led to the development and dissemination of models that have been replicated in jurisdictions around the country, including:

  • School-based diversion (School Responder Model)
  • Law enforcement diversion (Adolescent Mental Health Training for School Resource Officers; Crisis Intervention Teams for Youth Training)
  • Probation-based diversion (Front-end Diversion Initiative)
  • Strategic planning for diversion (Juvenile Diversion Guidebook)
  • Family engagement (Family Involvement Resources Inventory)
  • Trauma-informed models in probation settings (Strengthening Our Future)
  • …and so much more.