Status of Juvenile Justice
Today, significant research and funding has served as the catalyst for juvenile justice reform and the rehabilitative model across the country, where many juvenile justice agencies are using similar risk and needs assessments, standardizing information (criminogenic and non-criminogenic needs) to inform a case management planning, and implementing evidence-based programming. While the programming and practices have evolved and become more streamlined, for many juvenile justice agencies their information systems have not; in fact, many are still grappling with paper records.
Where is the Field of Juvenile Justice Going?
With increased quantitative research about what works in juvenile justice programming, the juvenile justice field is poised to further integrate services. Currently, national juvenile justice funding is focusing on two primary areas, including, prevention and aftercare/reentry, and incorporating evidence-based practices.
FEI’s WITS Juvenile Justice Solution bridges evidence-based practices and state-of-the-art technology into an integrative, comprehensive case management tool that identifies and tracks the progress of those functional areas of need for each youth.
WITS Juvenile Justice Solution is designed to support juvenile justice courts by bridging:
- Evidence-Based Practices
- Risk-Needs-Responsivity Model
- Screening Tools
- Comprehensive Treatment Service Planning
STATE OF THE ART TECHNOLOGY
WITS Juvenile Justice Solution is based on State of the Art Technology
- Web-based, flexible platform
- Open Source
- Collaboration and Cost Sharing
- Service-Partnership, not vendor product, approach
WITS Juvenile Justice Solution is supported by Proven Integration Strategies
- Integration with Legacy Systems
- Integration with Other Agencies
QUICK ACCESS TO INFORMATION
WITS Juvenile Justice Solution provides quick access to information
- Caseload & Client Dashboards
- Comprehensive Built-in Reporting
- Adhoc Reporting
FEI’s Technology Impact
With more synchronous needs, many juvenile justice agencies are in a position to benefit from a robust information system that can assist on multiple levels. FEI has worked with several states to develop an integrated system that includes:
- Integrated caseload and client dashboards
- Built-in standardized Risk Needs Responsivity assessment tools, including the YSL/CMI, PACT/YASI, OYA. Some slight variations of these assessment tools exist in over 30 states—but there are more similarities than differences
- Integrated screening tools, including LOCUS, ASAM CONTINUUM™, and CONTINUUM™ Triage (CO-Triage™)
- Integrated assessment tools, including the GAIN, ASI, ASSIST, and ORAS
- Integrated case management through flexible and comprehensive treatment planning that is youth-centered and addresses the identified needs, establishes goals and objectives, recommends and tracks services and meets federal, state and local regulations
- Collecting information and data on evidence-based programming to support the youth’s progress toward treatment goals, and to continue to evolve the field of research in evidence-based programming
- Justice information tracking, including sanctions and incentives, court hearings, and offense information
- Confidentiality protections built into the system (HIPAA compliant)
- Integration with other and/or legacy systems
The future juvenile justice needs can be easily integrated into the current technology and include:
- Early Risk Assessments
- Aftercare/Reentry planning
- Ability to properly expunge, seal and archive juvenile records
- Reporting required data under the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act to OJJDP
Such a progressive juvenile justice information system will provide several benefits. Specifically, data entry redundancy will be reduced, while improving efficiencies in information sharing among related agencies. Justice staff will have real-time information about a youth; increasing safety for youth in the community, as well as in juvenile facilities. This supports an opportunity for increase in a youth’s general health and well-being while under the care of the juvenile justice system, and increase successful outcomes for youth and families. The potential ROI speaks for itself.