Director's Message – July 11, 2016

The transformation of our system is about more than structural change. It is also about practice change, teamwork, and collaboration.

We took a big step forward in all of these areas on June 29-30 in Portsmouth with the gathering of more than 300 DJJ staff and partners from throughout the Commonwealth for our first-ever Reentry Summit. To have a sense of the number and energy of the summit attendees please check out this video.

The summit was made possible with a large federal grant for which DJJ was one of only three recipients nationwide, and comes at a time when the agency was recently notified that it has an opportunity for a third round of funding. A range of experts and DJJ staff presented on topics such as the new reentry manual, changing our system with evidence and a focus on outcomes, successfully transitioning youth to community schools, and helping youth develop personal action plans for when they return to their communities. There also was a plenary panel featuring youth from Community Treatment Model units at Beaumont and Bon Air, and another panel featuring two formerly committed youth who talked about their experiences, thanked the DJJ staff members who helped them, and offered suggestions for how to better serve other court-involved youth.

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For DJJ Families . . .

We know that having your child involved in the juvenile justice system is probably stressful and difficult for you and them. During their time under our supervision or custody we want you to know that DJJ is committed to fostering consistent communication between you, your child, and DJJ staff. This communication and partnership is vital to getting your young person back on the right track and on with their life.

We want to be a resource for you during this challenging time, and support your efforts to continue to serve as a resource for your child, whether they are still at home or placed elsewhere. Clicking on the links below will help you understand more about our system and expectations, and give you more tools to help you through this process.

DJJ Resources . . .

The more we know about the youth we serve, the more effective we can be in providing services and support that will make them successful. DJJ’s Legislative and Research Department designs and coordinates a wide variety of reports, executed via an exhaustive examination of available data and a thorough review of the most up-to-date literature and best practices in the juvenile justice field.


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