In Jan. 2013, CJCA was awarded a two-year Models for Change (MfC) grant to establish a Resource Network for Youth Correctional Leaders and Professionals to sustain and expand knowledge developed and mastered as part of the MfC Reform Initiative. The CJCA Leadeship Institute was one component of this grant.
At the October 2014 Leadership Institute Meeting, Robert Listenbee, Administrator, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention moderated a panel of four state agency directors on “Reducing Isolation and Changing Culture” focusing on why, how and what are alternatives to isolation / room confinement in youth facilities. The discussion included approximately 50 leaders on the need to address the use of isolation, the barriers to changing facility culture and practices and strategies and tools directors use to reduce the use of isolation in their facilities. At the concludion of the conference, members requested that a toolkit be developed for states to use as a guide to reduce the use of isolation in youth correction and detention facilities.
The CJCA Toolkit: Reducing the Use of Isolation, has been developed to help members and the field reduce the use of isolation and ultimately, better help youths in juvenile facilities become successful members of the community. The Positive Youth Development Toolkit resource is designed to help agencies, organizations, and stakeholders improve services, programs, and outcomes for youth involved in the juvenile justice system. The toolkit is based on recommendations shared at the 2015 CJCA Leadership Institute that included OJJDP’s address on positive youth development.
CJCA’s Leadership Institute Meetings from 2015 – 2017 were held in Chicago, IL. CJCA’s Leadership Institute Meeting 2018 was held in Greensboro, NC and was focused on continuing work on Trauma Informed Care. These meetings are made possible through funding by The Annie E. Casey Foundation.
Leadership Institute 2019
Please join us in Chicago September 30th -October 2nd, 2019! Members please look for your invite to arrive to your inbox the 2nd week of August 2019. We look forward to seeing you all there!