Community of Practice: Re-entry for Youth with Developmental Disabilities
Project Status: Active
Grantee: Cornell University
Funding Amount: $300,000 per year
Grant period: 04/2019 - 03/2024
WHY IS THIS NEEDED?
Youth with disabilities and mental health disorders are at greater risk of entering the juvenile justice system than the general population. National data estimates that 60 to 75 percent of the youth in the juvenile justice system have one or more diagnosable disabilities. Research shows that the best way to keep these individuals out of the justice system in the future, upon their return to the community is to establish wrap-around re-entry programs that successfully transition the individual out of the justice system and back to the community.
HOW WILL THIS PROJECT HELP?
The project will establish a statewide Community of Practice, composed of cross-systems stakeholders, to support the implementation of effective practices surrounding justice-involved youth with IDD and other disabilities, and create county-based coalitions among community organizations, service provider agencies, family and criminal court systems, and other relevant stakeholders to enhance wrap-around supports and services.