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Iowa's Comprehensive Juvenile Reentry System (JReS)

Award Information

Award #
2015-CZ-BX-0029
Location
Congressional District
Status
Closed
Funding First Awarded
2015
Total funding (to date)
$1,235,000

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $735,000)

Section 101 of the Second Chance Act authorizes the Department of Justice to award grants to state and local juvenile justice agencies to improve reentry outcomes for incarcerated youth. The Second Chance Act Program helps communities develop and implement comprehensive and collaborative strategies that address the challenges that reentry and recidivism reduction pose. The FY 2015 Second Chance Act Comprehensive Statewide Juvenile Reentry System Reform Implementation Program will provide grants to support the implementation of statewide reform plans developed under the OJJDP FY 2014 Second Chance Act Comprehensive Statewide Juvenile Reentry Systems Reform Planning Program. Awarded applicants will convene and implement the OJJDP Statewide Juvenile Reentry Systems Reform Implementation Program with their collaborative partnership teams. This program is authorized pursuant to Section 101 of the Second Chance Act, 42 U.S.C. 3797w; Pub. L. No. 110-199.

Iowa’s Division of Criminal and Juvenile Justice Planning developed a Juvenile Reentry
Task Force (JRTF) to establish a framework for reforming current practice and policy to effectuate change from pre to post-release. The reentry effort, referred to as Iowa’s Juvenile Reentry System (JReS), will target juvenile justice system youth returning to their communities from the State Training School (STS), group care, and Psychiatric Medical Institutes for Children (PMICs). The goals of JReS provide for a significant volume of activity related to training for system officials; availability and existence of health/mental health services; connection to employment and vocational rehabilitation supports, and ability to access educational records and maintain school engagement. Coordinated data sharing will be conducted through quarterly data reports that will be developed and shared with key partners, to create a broader engagement from multiple parties in planning and reentry.

CA/NCF

OJJDP's Juvenile Justice System Improvement Grants program was established to provide grants and cooperative agreements to organizations that provide programs and services critical to the mission of OJJDP, and organizations that OJJDP has selected for funds in prior years. This program will be authorized by an Act appropriating funds for the Department of Justice.

Iowa’s Division of Criminal and Juvenile Justice Planning developed a Juvenile Reentry Task Force to establish a framework for reforming current practice and policy to effectuate change from pre- to post-release. The reentry effort, referred to as Iowa’s Juvenile Reentry System (JReS), targets system-involved youth returning to their communities from the State Training School, group care, and Psychiatric Medical Institutes for Children. JReS has provided training for system officials, increased the availability and existence of health/mental health services for system-involved youth, refers clients to employment and vocational rehabilitation support services, and increases school engagement.

Key activities supported by the current OJJDP grant award and the proposed supplemental funding include:

• Developing a common referral form and process across all districts, which will be embedded in a technology system to share with providers.
• Holding two treatment team meetings for all youth—the first at placement, and the second prior to release. Sub-committee chairs are working to build clear policies and expectations for these meetings, and ensure that there are tools and structures in place to monitor the quality and outcomes of these meetings.
• Developing a standardized, comprehensive case plan based on a youth’s risk assessment results. This case plan will be embedded in the technology system and accessible to staff working with the youth both in the facility and community.
• Developing a tool and process for determining youth’s length of stay, based on the results of the risk assessment results and treatment needs.
• Piloting a Multidimensional Family Therapy (MDFT) program for a select number of youth at the State Training School. The Services subcommittee is in the process of developing its referral and eligibility policies for review and approval.
• Developing a model transition policy document that will delineate roles, responsibilities, and protocols for ensuring youth are transitioning back to appropriate educational settings in a timely and effective manner.
• Developing a reentry checklist of data points that will be built into the technology system in order to track and monitor all key activities and ensure that goals for each youth have been met.
• Identifying potential mental health and substance use screening and assessments to administer to youth at the point of intake.

NCA/NCF

Date Created: September 29, 2015