Integrating Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice, and Other Agencies in a Continuum of Services.
Special Issue: Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice: Improved Coordination and Integration.
Howell, James C. Kelly, Marion R. Palmer, James. Mangum, Ronald L.
Child Welfare League of America.
University of South Carolina.
Published: March/April 2004
Vol. 83 , p. 143-156
Publication Information: Washington, DC : CWLA.
Available from: Child Welfare League of America (CWLA)
727 15th Street, NW 12th Floor
Washington, DC 20005
This article presents a comprehensive strategy framework for integrating mental health, child welfare, education, substance abuse, and juvenile justice system services. Originally designed to serve serious and violent juvenile offenders, the strategy emphasizes the family's role in guiding children, the responsibilities of schools and other community organizations, delinquency prevention, early intervention, and the identification of youth who do not respond to traditional interventions. Services range from least restrictive (prevention) to most restrictive (placement in secure correctional facilities). Aftercare also is provided. Interagency cooperation depends on an infrastructure that includes information exchange, cross-agency client referrals, a networking protocol, interagency councils, and service integration models. Flexible funding sources, such as Medicaid and Title IV-E, can be allocated to integrated services. (Author abstract modified) 22 references.
child welfare agencies; juvenile courts; interagency collaboration; service delivery; systems of care; promising practices; crossover youth