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Confirm asset mapping under way or promote the undertaking of state-wide asset mapping
Confirming quality assessment component of federal and state licensing requirements for community-based programs and ratings history for each programs.
Determining how to utilize the individual needs assessment of each juvenile justice involved children, and create a population-level needs assessment to compare to current programs and identify any additional programs that can provide services or opportunities where current gaps exist.
Examine benefits of models of care and availability: Multi-systemic Therapy (MST), Family Functional Therapy (FFT)
Promote access to and use of reliable data
Conduct an assessment of available data and match to data needs
Formulate clear questions to determine if there is a need to collect additional data not currently collected
Match child outcomes data with financial expenditure data
Make recommendations for data collection and management in new Bridges system.
Explore options for looking at data across system (juvenile justice, child welfare, health care, education)
Evaluate the use of funds within the juvenile justice system. This will include a focus on efficient use of funds for desired outcomes, cost for potential new programs, cost to update as well as current programs, and proper allocation of financial resources for consistent use across the State of New Hampshire.
Examine potential cost savings in community-based intensive wrap-around services
Review expected reimbursement effects of federal Family First Prevention Services Act
Process & Procedure
Review training of lawyers and judges, JPPO
Assess the scope of representation by defense attorneys and their access to dispositional expertise within the scope of the attorney-client privilege
Assess extent of supervision, support and guidance provided to JPPO
Safety encompasses both Public Safety, and Safety of Children within the juvenile justice system. This subcommittee will
Address risk assessment protocol in the systems that are already in place, and evaluate whether or not best practices are utilized
Evaluate whether conditions within the juvenile justice system are allowing a safe environment for children. This includes looking at conditions of confinement, internal discipline techniques and strategies, and overall staff training measures.
Survey children, communities and stakeholders on perceptions of safety
Examine need and opportunities for staff training
Identify opportunities for peer leadership in innovation
Propose staff-generated redesigned job descriptions and repurposed roles
Evaluate experiences of juvenile justice staff in other states for best practices, staff morale, and job satisfaction
Status of Children
Review child surveys for consensus of needs, child-generated recommendations and engagement
Planning or making recommendations for assisting children during the evolution of the juvenile justice system.
Review implementation of SYSC Quarterly Review of Appropriateness of Continued Secure Care (RSA 621:19) and make recommendations for program change to safely enhance transition to community. Identify similar process for all children in institutional settings.
Review SYSC Exit Guidelines / Discharge Summary for adequacy of planning and staging children for success. Identify similar process for all children in institutional settings. (See SB 14)
Examine methods to integrate in-depth child development and brain science in current staff training
Research methods to implement comprehensive needs assessments for each child. (See Family First Prevention Services Act of 2018, SB 14)
Examine family needs and potential for engagement as the system innovates
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