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Juveniles who are released from residential placement and institutional confinement are more likely to succeed if they have access to services and structures that can help them thrive in a community environment. Lucas County, Ohio developed a unique partnership to support juvenile reentry leading to a program that has since received national recognition. In 2011, Lucas County opened a Community Treatment Center that offers daily programming, cognitive based treatment, and individualized case planning. One key component of this reentry model has been vocational training offered through the Community Integration and Training for Employment (CITE). CITE provides needed job readiness skills through paid work experience, employment and supervised community service. Some of the projects have included green construction and weatherization, local food production, and urban forestry. On this episode of Spotlight on Youth, the Honorable Denise Navarre Cubbon, Administrative Judge, Lucas County Juvenile Court and Charlie Johnson, Program Manager, CITE Program, will discuss how their reentry model was developed, components of the model, and the collaboration required to continue its success and expansion.
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