Federal Policy Update: Senate Passes Bipartisan Bill to Reauthorize JJDPA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 2, 2017
Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Reauthorization Act of 2017 (S.860) Passed by Senate
On August 1, 2017 the U.S. Senate passed the Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Reauthorization Act of 2017 (S.860), to update and improve the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) of 1974. This new legislation was championed by Senate Judiciary … Continued

Statewide Dual Status Youth Initiative Launched in North Dakota

On May 31, 2017, the RFK National Resource Center launched a Dual Status Youth Initiative in the state of North Dakota.  This effort is jointly supported by the North Dakota Court System, the Department of Human Services – Children and Family Services Division, the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation – Division of Juvenile Services, and … Continued

Op-Ed: Why Juvenile Justice Reform Needs Child Welfare at the Table

The Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE) and YouthToday are featuring a new op-ed authored by Melissa Blom, a member of our Dual Status Youth (DSY) Practice Network, emphasizing the importance of involving child welfare within juvenile justice reform efforts:
Why Juvenile Justice Reform Needs Child Welfare at the Table
Juvenile justice reform cannot happen without child … Continued

Policy Update: CONNECT Act Reintroduced – Bipartisan Legislation to Improve Outcomes for Dual Status Youth

Today, U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-Michigan) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) reintroduced legislation known as the CONNECT (Childhood Outcomes Need New Efficient Community Teams) Act. This important legislation will assist states in addressing the unique challenges of youth who are involved with both the juvenile justice and child welfare systems, known as dual status youth. The … Continued