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Second Chance Act: Community Supervision Review and Enhancement Training and Technical Assistance Project

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The project will build upon the RFK National Resource Center’s rich history in providing field-based technical assistance and distance learning to deliver intensive training and consultation to improve community supervision practices for juveniles with co-occurring substance abuse problems and mental health disorders who are placed on probation or are being released from secure placement.

The Probation System Guidebook, 3rd edition and the Translating the Science of Adolescent Development to Sustainable Best Practice brief will guide the six-site demonstration project through the examination, analysis, and support for implementation of collaborative principles; clear articulation of their mission, vision, goals and outcomes; commitment to risk-needs-responsivity instruments to inform professional judgment; screening practices for trauma and mental health needs; positive youth development practices that promote behavioral change; family engagement at all points of system and community involvement; timely case processing related to fairness and equitable treatment for all; and effective quality assurance and improvement methodologies.

Provider Organization

Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps
Award Details


The RFK National Resource Center will provide site-based technical assistance to guide selected jurisdictions through a systematic analysis of current policy and practice in order to design, implement, and sustain comprehensive community supervision and juvenile justice system improvements and improve youth outcomes, with a special emphasis on youth with co-occurring disorders. Our technical assistance approach for selected jurisdictions is intensive and individualized, utilizing proven frameworks, captured in our Probation System Review Guidebook, 3rd edition and the Developmental Reform in Juvenile Justice: Translating the Science of Adolescent Development to Sustainable Best Practice publication, to meet the unique goals of each jurisdiction.


  • Aftercare/Parole/Re-entry
  • Court Personnel
  • Defenders
  • Juvenile Justice Specialists
  • Probation Officers
  • Prosecutors
  • Tribal Community


Sites will be chosen to receive training and technical assistance under this project based upon their responses to a readiness questionnaire which will assess the following: 1) Whether they have a recently developed probation system improvement strategic plan (cohort 1), or 2) their readiness to undertake a probation system review (cohort 2); and 3) whether the necessary organizational leadership, infrastructure, and collaborative partnerships are in place to implement a probation system improvement plan.



The project will highlight change components of mobilization, collaboration, examination and analysis, planning, designing change processes and innovations, measuring, and sustaining improvements within probation and the juvenile justice system. Each of the jurisdictions will benefit from reports of findings and recommendations from the areas of analysis (probation system review, data assessment and measurement, probation order evaluation, and implementation progress report) so that their roadmap forward may be memorialized. Additional products that will support the goals and outcomes of the project include:

  • Trauma and mental health screening and assessment training webinars.
  • Data capacity assessment reports webinars.
  • Probation order analysis training webinars.

Kari Harp
Associate Executive Director
[email protected] 

  • Ensuring Public Safety
  • Reducing Drug Use

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Date Published: October 14, 2020