Workshop Sessions I - Session D2: Making it Work: Partnering with Judges and the Child Welfare/Juvenile Justice Systems to Reduce Lengths of Stay and Improve Outcomes

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 10:45am to 12:00pm

William Martone, MS, President, WPM Consulting, Inc. (CA)
John Tuell, MS, Executive Director, RFK National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice (MA)- john knows                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Judge Jay Blitzman, BA, JD, Middlesex Juvenile Court, (MA)

Presenter/Youth Representative:
Emmanuel Malesh, Youth Advocate, Boys Town (NE)


This session will focus on best practices for partnering with judges and legal partners, in both child welfare and juvenile justice, to ensure youth and families, receive the right services to meet their needs. A young person will share his experiences and recommendations. Judge William Thorne, JD, and William Martone will share information about best practices for residential programs working with judges, and will provide important strategies included in a new Tool Kit on releasing reliance on non-family placements. The Tool Kit includes the new BBI Resource Guide for Judges and Legal Partners with Involvement in the Children’s Dependency Court System; this guide provides judges and legal partners with critical information and questions to ask. The questions serve to guide the decision-making process related to residential interventions for youth and families who are part of their docket. John Tuell will share strategies used by the RFK Resource Center to improve outcomes for youth in child welfare and juvenile justice also referred to as “dual status”, and to achieve integration and coordination between child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Useful information for oversight agency leaders about the use of a model framework to address the state and national laws, and policies governing the exchange and sharing of data, information, and records for youth and families, will be included. Attendees will leave this session with many strategies and tools for partnering with judges and the child welfare and juvenile justice systems to improve outcomes for youth and families involved with these systems.  

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