CJJR Publishes Article on Juvenile Facilities Serving Youth with Mental Illnesses 
Over the past decade, the juvenile crime rate has dropped significantly and the number of youth in the “deep end” of the system (i.e., those committed to correctional agencies and placed in residential facilities) has decreased. These positive advances in the juvenile justice system are bringing a vulnerable population into sharp focus: adolescents suffering from mental illness. A new article published in Focal Point and authored by CJJR’s Shay Bilchik, Michael Umpierre, and Carly Lenhoff, discusses the challenges faced by youth with mental health issues who are placed in residential facilities and recommends strategies for enhancing policy and practice to better serve the population.

Titled “A Roadmap for Change: How Juvenile Justice Facilities Can Better Serve Youth with Mental Health Issues,” this article offers seven recommendations for shaping an approach within residential care facilities and upon community reentry that is designed to meet the needs of youth with mental health issues.


Conference Showed How Field Is Building on Progress in Youth-Serving Field

By: Shay Bilchik, Michael Umpierre and Rachael Ward | Youth Today

Earlier this year, we urged the Trump administration to continue federal investments in juvenile justice. In the last three decades, the field has benefited greatly from federal support of research, innovative programming and evidence-based approaches designed to improve outcomes for youth, families and communities.

After co-hosting a national conference in April that explored how research is shaping youth policy and practice across the U.S., we are convinced more than ever that the wisest course of action is to maintain and expand these investments.


CJJR Partners with Great KIDS to Enhance Leadership Opportunities in Allen County, IN

On May 2, 2017, CJJR took part in a press conference hosted by the Foellinger Foundation to announce a multi-year grant to “Great KIDS make Great COMMUNITIES,” an initiative led by the Allen County Superior Court, Family Relations Division in Indiana.

For almost 20 years, Great KIDS has served a critical role in training youth-serving professionals in the Fort Wayne-Allen County region. With this $500,000 grant, Great KIDS will be able to continue its efforts and expand its capacity to serve local youth and professionals.

The grant will fund the establishment of a...

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Michael Umpierre Presents at the Jewish Council for Public Affairs National Conference

In February, CJJR’s Michael Umpierre presented at the Jewish Council for Public Affairs national conference, “JCPA2017: The Path Forward.”  At the conference's breakout session titled “Juvenile Justice,” Michael spoke about the need for a strength-based, developmental approach across the entire continuum of the juvenile justice system, and shared examples of effective strategies being implemented across the country. 

Michael was joined by moderator Marci Gerston, Chair of the Silicon Valley Jewish Community Relations Council and presenters Kayla Patrick from the National Women’s Law Center and Rabbi Jill Jacobs from T’ruah.

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