|Technical Assistance Events
The following summaries illustrate the types of TA requested and
Purpose Area 10Information Sharing
Requesting state/agency: Hawaii, Office of Youth
Date: December 2003
assistance in preliminary development of an information-sharing process
among five state agencies.
TA provided: NTTAC arranged
a 2-day event to provide decisionmakers with information about elements
of integrated information sharing; facilitate discussions about perceived
benefits, fears, and expectations; begin to build trust between agencies;
and help agencies assess their readiness for planning. The event
focused on gaining commitment of the agencies involved and
covered developing trust for exchanging information, developing clarity
and assurance for certain information-sharing activities, and ascertaining
the agencies' readiness to plan and implement integrated
Attendees: Stakeholders from
Hawaii's Department of Education, Department of Health, Department
of Human Services, Family Court System, and Office of Youth
Services; and the Juvenile Justice State Advisory Council.
Requesting state/agency: Maryland Governor's
Office of Crime Control and Prevention
Purpose Area 14Restorative Justice
Request: Technical assistance in establishing
community assessment centers (CACs) throughout the state.
TA provided: NTTAC arranged a 2-day event to
provide state officials with information on establishing and operating
CACs that target juvenile offenders. Topics included establishing
community boards to manage the development of CACs in local
communities, identifying appropriate screening and assessment instruments,
using cost-efficient management information systems, matching appropriate
services to target populations, and assuring that local practices
and protocols adhere to federal and state confidentiality requirements.
of local management boards, the Maryland Department of Juvenile
Justice, and the Maryland Governor's Office
of Crime Control and Prevention; local stakeholders; and
representatives from four counties.
Requesting state/agency: Alaska, Division of
Date: February 2004
of trainers on balanced and restorative justice (BARJ).
provided: NTTAC arranged a 5-day event to
present the concepts and values of the BARJ approach for a training
of trainers. Topics included an overview of BARJ that demonstrated
training techniques and skills, adult learning theory, and the
development of training methods; instruction in leading restorative
dialog processes; and skills development in strategic planning
Attendees: Youth counselors and juvenile
Purpose Area 15Juvenile Courts and Probation
Requesting state/agency: Alabama, Boys and Girls
Club of South Alabama, POINTE Academy
Request: Develop a comprehensive education
model for juveniles attending POINTE Academy, an alternative school
for adjudicated youth in Mobile County, Alabama.
TA provided: NTTAC
arranged a 3 1/2-day event
to assess the current status of the school and develop a comprehensive
education model. NTTAC conducted interviews and a needs assessment
and debriefed and provided recommendations to staff. Topics included
developing a transition program for youth, information sharing
among school sites working to transition adjudicated youth, demonstrating
the need for additional classes and services, and enhancing collaboration
between juvenile justice agencies and local educational programs.
security staff, probation officers, judges, and administrators.
state/agency: California, Project
Date: November 2003
a gender-responsive curriculum for Project ESCAPE.
TA provided: NTTAC
arranged a 2 1/2-day
event to assist in revising the existing gender-responsive curriculum
so it is developmentally appropriate for girls ages 10 to 14 and
to produce measurable behavioral outcomes for each lesson plan.
Topics included developing a list of behavioral outcomes and assets
for each unit, creating a lesson plan template, assessing lessons
and activities for developmental appropriateness and gender responsiveness,
establishing evaluation measures for each module, and developing
overall process and outcome measures for the project.
Attendees: Program staff, including manager, operational manager, specialist,
practitioner, and administrative assistant.
Requesting state/agency: Iowa, Division of Criminal
and Juvenile Justice Planning
Date: September 2003
American Probation and Parole Association's "Survival
Spanish for Probation and Parole Officers."
TA provided: NTTAC arranged a 2-day event
to improve staff written and oral communication with Hispanic juveniles
and families who have limited English proficiency. Topics included
false cognates (easily misunderstood words) common to the legal
system; pronunciation, grammar, translation, and use of intake
and social history questionnaires in Spanish; techniques for improving
bilingual skills; and an open discussion on culture.
Attendees: Juvenile court officers, intake staff,
and administrative personnel.
Requesting state/agency: Ohio, Morrow County
Date: September 2003
Request: Provide an overall evaluation of court
services and identify potential resources.
TA provided: NTTAC
arranged a 4 1/2-day
event to provide the court with a system evaluation that would
identify areas of improvement and to help the site obtain resources
for identifying improvements. Topics included developing a clearer
organizational structure and strategic plan with measurable outcomes,
encouraging staff enthusiasm, clarifying responsibilities to the
public, introducing a broader array of interventions, developing
a community-based approach, increasing the number of staff working
from homes and with families, increasing staff accountability,
developing a compensation system to obtain and retain quality staff,
and increasing docket timelines.
Attendees: Judges, probation officers, detention
officers, and court personnel.
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