Trauma exposure is almost universal among youth in the juvenile justice system. To improve outcomes for youth in the juvenile justice system experiencing negative after-effects from trauma exposure, systems must be in place to identify and assess these youth and determine appropriate care.

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention has funded a collaborative effort that will advance trauma-informed practices in the juvenile justice systems by testing a replicable trauma-informed decision protocol (TIDP) consisting of trauma-informed screening and case planning based on the Risk-Need-Responsivity model. Working with juvenile justice partners in settings that represent the full continuum of the juvenile justice system—from pre-adjudication diversion to juvenile corrections this effort will

  • document current juvenile justice practice for trauma screening, assessment, referral and care delivery in the research sites;
  • develop the TIDP and implement within the research sites; and
  • test enhancement of current trauma screening practices and case management practices and outcomes after implementation of TIDP.

Once tested, TIDP will serve as a replicable model for juvenile justice settings across the country to ensure the effective implementation of trauma screening and trauma-informed case planning.

This project is being co-led by the NCMHJJ and faculty at Fordham University and the University of Connecticut Health Center, representing the Center for Trauma Recovery and Juvenile Justice, in partnership with the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice, Juvenile Court of Fulton County (GA), Crawford County Juvenile Court (PA), and the Court of Common Pleas-Venango County (PA).

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