Reentry Starts Here: A Guide for Youth in Long-Term Juvenile Corrections and Treatment Programs

OJJDP has released “Reentry Starts Here: A Guide for Youth in Long-Term Juvenile Corrections and Treatment Programs”

Study Strongly Endorses Nebraska Probation Assessment Tool for Youth

A new juvenile probation research study validated Nebraska probation’s assessment tool. The assessment tool, named “Youth Level of Service/Case Management Inventory,” emphasizes the importance of tailoring treatment and supervision to meet the needs of individual youth on probation. Accurate use of this evidence-based assessment tool provides direction for behavior change, making youth less likely to return to the court system.

In a report published in October 2017, Dr. Richard Wiener and his team from the University of Nebraska Law Psychology Program “found strong evidence for the validity of the instrument as Nebraska Probation currently uses the tool with juveniles in the system.” The study also noted that the level of validity was comparable to similar studies nationwide. Researchers strongly endorsed the continued use of the evaluation tool for Nebraska probation youth.

Recognizing that assessing a youth’s risk for delinquent behavior is critical to creating a successful rehabilitative plan, Nebraska Probation began using the “Youth Level of Service/Case Management Inventory” in 2008 to assess the risk of youth placed on probation. As part of its commitment to evidence-based practices, Probation partnered with the University of Nebraska/Law Psychology Program to validate the predictive accuracy of the assessment.

 

To read the full press release, click here or to view the full evaluation click here.

Teens Volunteer to Help with Police Training

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) — Trauma comes in many shapes and sizes. It’s not always obvious – and comes from things like emotional abuse and the circumstances behind the problems. Often the best way to understand those who are different from us is to get to know them.

In this case, five 17-year-olds from the Boys and Girls Club volunteered to help the room full of professionals – police officers and probation officers – see their perspective.

“A local drug store – you’ve got a bunch of kids hanging out front and the shop keeper wants them out of the front door area,” trainer David Walker tells officers.

 

Click here to read the article and watch the video

Group calls for keeping parts of ‘Obamacare’ to help young adults in Nebraska

GROUP CALLS FOR KEEPING PARTS OF THE ‘OBAMACARE’ TO HELP YOUNG ADULTS IN NEBRASKA

Editorial: Abused kids: a call to action

Nebraskans expect children to be in safe hands when the state removes them from home for abuse, neglect or criminal justice and places them into state care.

Nebraska Must do Even More to Protect Children

NEBRASKA MUST DO EVEN MORE TO PROTECT CHILDREN

Foster care stakeholders ask for review of decades-old state laws, other improvements

FOSTER CARE STAKEHOLDERS ASK FOR REVIEW OF DECADES-OLD STATE LAWS, OTHER IMPROVEMENTS