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Working Collaboratively to Help Crossover Youth

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Adolescents that move between the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, or are known to both concurrently are referred to as crossover youth. Crossover youth often enter the juvenile justice system at younger ages than other youth, have been traumatized by maltreatment, have higher rates of detention and incarceration than other youth charged with similar offenses, and frequently experience academic failure and homelessness. This recognition has lead to a greater understanding of the complex and significant individual and systemic issues they face -- and the fact that they require ongoing services and a coordinated systems response. The Crossover Youth Practice Model (CYPM) was developed by the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University's Public Policy Institute in collaboration with Casey Family Programs. By infusing both research and practice, the CYPM helps systems strengthen their organizational structure and improve responses that directly affect the outcomes for crossover youth. On this episode, guests will discuss the issue of crossover youth and explore CYPM's approach. Representatives from two jurisdictions, Travis County, Texas and Marion County, Oregon, will also be joining the show to share how they have implemented the model and its impact to date. 

Guests:  Shay Bilchik, Director, Center for Juvenile Justice Reform, Georgetown Public Policy Institute; Estela P. Medina, Chief Juvenile Probation Officer, Travis County; Joan Oliver, Probation Officer, Marion County Juvenile Court; and Jason Walling, Child Welfare Systems Innovation Program Manager, Marion County