AIR’s mission is to generate and use rigorous evidence that contributes to a better, more equitable world.
The Center for Coordinated Assistance to States (CCAS) serves as an Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) training and technical assistance (TTA) partner supporting locally-appropriate implementation of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974 (as Amended Through P.L. 115-385, enacted December 21, 2018) and the related Title II Formula Grants Program. The mission of CCAS is to provide resources and TTA to support states, territories, tribes and local communities in developing a continuum of juvenile justice services that range from prevention to intervention to reentry and that fall within the Title II Formula Grants Program areas including but not limited to state-level compliance monitoring of the core requirements of the Formula Grants Program; delinquency prevention, intervention, reducing juvenile recidivism, strengthening police-community relations, and systems improvement; maximizing the impact of SAGs; implementing evidence-based approaches to detention and commitment; meeting the needs of dual-system youth; and sharing information across state and local systems.
Consultant Coordinator Model
CCAS is dedicated to providing targeted and tailored training and technical assistance (TTA) to states, tribes, territories, and communities to improve youth serving systems. CCAS seeks to translate research into practice focusing on evidence-based approaches designed to improve outcomes for youth at risk of or currently involved in the juvenile justice system and/or child welfare systems.
Larger Goals/Priorities of CCAS
Overarching Project Goal: CCAS, aims to support states, territories, tribes, and communities in developing a continuum of juvenile justice services, enhancing systems and ensuring outcome-driven implementation of the Title II Formula Grants Program.
Development of tools and resources to aid states, tribes, territories, and governments
Coordination and facilitation of meetings, webinars, roundtables, and conferences
Provision of high-quality, multilevel, research-informed training and technical assistance that targets the needs of designated state agencies (DSAs), state advisory groups (SAGs), state, local, and tribal governments, law enforcement, detention facilities, and the juvenile justice field at large
Development and dissemination of publications and online resources
Types of TTA Provided
- Universal TTA—TTA offered at this level is brief, meant to reach a wide audience, and typically involves brokering of services or information dissemination. Examples include: (1) Resource Bulletins/Reports; (2) Toolkits; (3) Briefs; (4) Guides/Manuals; (5) Online Courses; and (6) Webinars.
- Targeted TTA—TTA is ongoing and is geared toward ‘a group of recipients with similar needs’ [e.g., policy makers, state advisory groups (SAGs), and so on] with the intent of fostering innovation. Examples include: (1) Communities of Practice; (2) Monthly Role (i.e., Juvenile Justice Specialists, Compliance Monitors, RED Coordinators, etc.) Specific Calls; (3) Role Specific Listservs; (4) Targeted Webinars; (5) Listening Sessions; and (6) National, Regional, Role Specific Meetings.
- Tailored TTA— TTA is intensive, ongoing and is provided to address a specific individualized need with the intent of stimulating sustainable change. Examples include (1) Ongoing Cohort Approaches; (2) Ongoing Coaching/Mentoring; (3) Virtual Training; (4) On-site Training; (5) One to One Instruction; and (6) Peer-to-Peer Learning.