Director’s Message

Building the Statewide Continuum

I am very pleased to announce that DJJ has achieved a major milestone in its transformation effort with the awarding of contracts to two experienced service coordination agencies whose job it will be to develop a statewide continuum of evidence-based treatment services and community-based alternatives to placement in a Juvenile Correctional Center (JCC).

Too often, we hear stories of youth who are unable to get the services they need simply because of where they happen to live. We also see young people come to our JCCs who might have been better served in their communities had the right blend of evidence-based programs or alternative placements been available.

The partnership we have now forged with Evidence-Based Associates (EBA) out of Washington, D.C., and AMIkids (AMI) out of Tampa, FL, will help us eliminate “justice by geography” and insure that when young people get into trouble, they will have equal access to the right kind of help when and where they need it.

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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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