Communities throughout the United States are looking for more effective ways of identifying and helping juveniles who are at risk of becoming serious, violent, and chronic offenders, and support is growing for integrated service delivery systems.
Community Assessment Centers (CACs) are emerging as one approach to combining fragmented elements of service delivery, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) believes that CACs may help overcome obstacles that contribute to inefficiency and ineffectiveness in the juvenile justice system. The OJJDP's program development process related to CACs has identified four key elements that can positively impact the lives of young people: single point of entry, immediate and comprehensive assessments, integrated case management, and a comprehensive and integrated management information system. CAC demonstration sites in Colorado and Florida are implementing these elements in their CAC programs. 1 reference
Date Published: June 1, 1999