Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI)
Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
- Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative Collaborative Meeting Agendas and Minutes
- Reducing Racial & Ethnic Disparities Committee Agendas and Minutes
- Family & Youth Engagement Subcommittee Agendas and Minutes
- Prevention Subcommittee Agendas and Minutes
- Youth Crisis Response Coalition Agendas and Minutes
- Youth Crisis Response Coalition Steering Committee Agendas and Minutes
About the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI)
The Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI), a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, has demonstrated that jurisdictions can safely reduce the use of secure confinement without impacting public safety. JDAI is based on eight core strategies that address the reasons why youth are unnecessarily detained. The eight core strategies are:
- Alternatives to detention
- Case processing
- Conditions of confinement
- Data driven decisions
- Objective admissions
- Reducing racial disparity
- Special detention cases
JDAI helps restructure policy and practice to create system improvements.
To provide individualized supervision, care, and treatment in a manner consistent with public safety to those youth under age 18 at the time of referral who violate the law. Further, the Juvenile Justice System shall recognize and encourage prevention efforts through the support of programs and services designed to meet the needs of those youth who are identified as being at-risk or violating the law and those whose behavior is such that they endanger themselves or others.
JDAI in Lancaster County
In 2017, Lancaster County officially signed on as a Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) site. As a result, the Juvenile Justice Review Committee was renamed to what we now call the JDAI Collaborative. This is a large group of juvenile justice related community stakeholders that oversee juvenile justice efforts and funding opportunities in Lancaster County.
For further information, please contact Sara Hoyle at 402-441-4944.
Reducing Racial & Ethnic Disparities Committee
The Lancaster County Youth Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities (RED) Committee is dedicated to ensuring equitable treatment of system-involved youth and strives to reduce the disproportionate number of minority youth in the juvenile justice system. This is done through:
- Community collaborations and support
- Data-driven approach
- Identifying and reducing gaps in prevention and intervention services
- Technical assistance and education
Meetings: 1st Friday of the month from 12:00 to 1:00
We welcome anyone who works with youth to attend and learn about the juvenile population currently in the system.
The Prevention Subcommittee is dedicated to providing effective services and applying best practices to prevent youth from entering the juvenile justice system. This committee focuses on providing training for the collaborative on effective prevention and early intervention strategies.
Family & Youth Engagement Subcommittee
The Family & Youth Engagement Committee is dedicated to finding support and services to assist families by thriving in our community. Specific strategies to address this as cited in the Lancaster County Juvenile Justice Comprehensive Plan include:
- Support families in the form of groceries, rent/utilities, medical expenses, car repair
- Partner with community colleges for career pathways
- Strength finding for parents
Gang Prevention & Early Intervention Subcommittee
The Gang Prevention and Early Intervention is a new committee. It is focused on assisting youth in staying out of gangs. Specific strategies to address this as cited in the Lancaster County Juvenile Justice Comprehensive Plan include:
- Identify a track to help youth get out of gangs
- Training on gang indicators and how agencies can work with gangs
- Helping families relocate
- Girls specific to gangs
Youth Crisis Response Coalition
The Lincoln/Lancaster County Youth Crisis Response Coalition (YCRC) promotes local interagency collaboration between coalition partners, system of care partners, and interested individuals that can promote the resolution of behavioral/mental health crises that youth and families experience in Lincoln/Lancaster County.
It is designed to use supports and resources to build upon a youth and family's strengths to help resolve an immediate behavioral health crisis in the least restrictive environment by assisting the youth and/or family to develop a plan to resolve the crisis. The service is provided by licensed behavioral health professionals who complete brief mental health status screenings, assess risk, and provide crisis intervention, crisis stabilization, referral linkages, and consultation to hospital emergency room personnel, if necessary. The goal of the service is to avoid an inpatient psychiatric hospitalization.
Crisis Response services can be activated by calling the Crisis Line at 402-475-6695. Additional information can be found on CenterPointe's Crisis Talk Website.
Mission Statement: Provide all YCRC partners a forum to develop an integrated continuum of behavioral/mental health crisis responses services for families and youth.
Vision: Through enhancing Lincoln/Lancaster County behavioral/mental health crisis response services, youth and families will have an opportunity to achieve a safe and productive resolution of the crisis.