CJJR Releases New Issue Brief on
​Engaging CASA Volunteers 
CJJR recently published an issue brief on the Crossover Youth Practice Model (CYPM) titled, “CYPM in Brief: Engaging Court Appointed Special Advocates to Improve Outcomes for Crossover Youth.” This brief discusses the relationship between CASA volunteers and the crossover youth that they serve, and how professionals can best engage with CASA volunteers to achieve better results for crossover youth. 

This publication is the fourth in CJJR's CYPM in Brief series that addresses important issues faced by crossover youth and the systems that serve them.


Youth, Families in Alameda County Help Roll Out Crossover Youth Practice Model

As a result of extensive cross-system planning, Alameda County, California launched the Crossover Youth Practice Model (CYPM) this summer. The CYPM, developed by CJJR, is designed to improve outcomes for youth who have been or are at risk of becoming involved with both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.

The stakeholders involved in the CYPM launch were all vital to the process. Parents like Brejea Colthirst were at the forefront of this endeavor. “As a parent who has gone through the system and is now a Lead Parent Advocate with Alameda County's Parent Engagement Program, it was such an honor to be a part of the CYPM and making sure the parent’s voice and perspective was heard,” said Colthirst.