Goal 3

Goal 3—Detention & Commitment

Provide high-quality, innovative TTA in the area of detention and commitment, focusing on implementing evidence based practices.

Promote OJJDP priorities to enhance services for youth in secure settings through:

(1) onsite and web based training and technical assistance;

(2) dissemination of evidence based practices;  and

(3) reducing the use of isolation in youth facilities.


TTA ApproachRelationship-Based Delivery of Training and Technical Assistance (TTA)

The Consultant Coordinator Model allows for a more customized TTA experience. The increased level of familiarity with the needs of the state, territory, tribe, and/or community with ongoing efforts to implement a comprehensive approach to addressing juvenile delinquency and delinquency prevention  within the state, the coordination with OJJDP, and the associated awareness of initiatives designed to maximize the effectiveness of the juvenile justice system provide the Consultant Coordinators with a more thorough understanding of their assigned states and allows them to better coordinate resources and materials to address the needs of the TTA recipient and build capacity. Through relationship-based delivery, CCAS will coordinate universal, targeted, and tailored training and technical assistance. Further, through partnering with the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrations, TTA it reduce the use of isolation in youth facilities is provided through a cohort approach.

Cohort based training and technical assistance allows juvenile justice professionals from around the country to join colleagues in other states,   territories, and localities in improving and/or reforming specific aspects of their juvenile justice systems. Through the intensive cohort approaches facilitated by national experts, participants learn from and receive ongoing coaching from experts in the field, develop strategic plans for their jurisdictions, receive constructive feedback from the experts, and hear how their colleagues are experiencing and addressing similar challenges. Through a combination of interactive webinars and individual communications, jurisdictions engage in true systems reform. 

Partner – American Institutes for Research and the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrations (CJCA)

Cohort Description – Reducing Isolation in Youth Facilities Training and Technical Assistance (RIYF-TTA) Cohort

Given the growing recognition of the dangers and costs of isolation, juvenile justice agency administrators and facility staff seek strategies to reduce or eliminate the practice and alternative tools to better guide resident behavior. In March 2015, the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators (CJCA) responded to this need by publishing the “CJCA Toolkit: Reducing the Use of Isolation” (herein the “Toolkit”) which sets forth a series of action steps juvenile facilities can take to address the issue. The Toolkit’s recommendations stem from research, best practices and lessons learned from jurisdictions that have successfully reduced the use of isolation.

To further support these efforts and build upon the momentum generated by the release of the Toolkit, the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators via the Center for Coordinated Assistance to States (CCAS) offers juvenile justice agencies an opportunity to apply for the Reducing Isolation in Youth Facilities Training and Technical Assistance (RIYF-TTA) program. This program, offered at no cost to participants, explores the strategies laid out in the Toolkit in detail in order to assist agency leaders and staff in developing methods to reduce or eliminate the use of isolation in juvenile facilities.

The focus or approach of the RIYF-TTA Cohort program is on the following:

  • Leadership and culture change;
  • Alignment of policies and procedures with the rehabilitative vision, mission and goals of the agency;
  • Development of a restrictive isolation policy;
  • Adoption of positive behavior management strategies; and
  • Providing staff with alternative tools and training to develop positive, healthy and nurturing relationships with youth.

The goals of the RIYF-TTA Cohort program are as follows:

  1. Increase participants’ knowledge about the impact isolation has on youth, as well as the strategies that can be implemented to reduce or eliminate the practice;
  2. Assist agencies produce a strategic work plan designed to reduce or eliminate the use of isolation in youth facilities; and
  3. Connect agencies to additional resources and content experts to assist their efforts going forward.

The RIYF-TTA is an intensive nine month training series consisting of one webinar, three distance learning calls with the goal of developing a plan to reduce the use of isolation, monthly team calls focusing on plan implementation, and calls with the team leader in between each team call. 

Application Information – www.cjca.net

Related Resources

CJCA Toolkit for Reducing the Use of Isolation

Stop Solitary for Kids