One of the greatest challenges in serving at-risk youth is determining how to effectively deal with all of the different programs (e.g., child welfare, education, behavioral health, and juvenile justice) with which they are often engaged. Agencies that have infrastructure to support improvement efforts and collaboration are positioned to provide better outcomes for youth, families, staff, and the community.
Clackamas County’s Juvenile Department took the lead in coordinating a multi-partner application involving 13 agencies at the state and local level who serve county youth. The department was recently selected as one of seven jurisdictions nationwide to receive free training and technical assistance from Georgetown University’s Center for Juvenile Justice Reform.
During the seven-month training, department staff will receive guidance in:
- Assessing leadership strengths and opportunities for improvement
- Developing greater trust, knowledge, and awareness of systems within the county’s partnerships
- Achieving a greater understanding of the policies and practices of each partner organization
- Strengthening the sharing of data and information between partner agencies
- Implementing strengths-based approaches in engaging and empowering youth and families
- Enhancing the coordination of operations between agencies
- Laying the groundwork for both short- and long-term improvement efforts
- Understanding the systems change process and how it applies to the goals for improvement
“Getting selected for this training and technical assistance opportunity is an honor for Clackamas County,” said Juvenile Department Director Christina McMahan, “It will help the Juvenile Department and our partners be more effective as we work together to keep communities safe, assist at-risk youth, and support families.”
For more information, members of the media or public may contact Senior Administrative Analyst Lisa Krzmarzick at 503-655-8788.