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OJJDP Dual System Youth Design Study: Summary of Findings and Recommendations for Pursuing a National Estimate of Dual System Youth
(NCJ 252717) December 2018
Grant, 184 page(s)
Denise C. Herz, Ph.D., Carly B. Dierkhising, Ph.D.
This final technical report focuses on youth involved in both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. The study addressed the following goals: first, to identify the successes and challenges associated with cross-system collaboration, identify best practices for dual system youth and develop a tool to collect and report such information in a consistent and representative way; and second, to provide insight into the incidence of dual system involvement and describe key characteristics and trajectories of this population, and to propose a method to generate a national estimate of dual system youth. The researchers also discuss policy and practice implications for improving integrated cross-system practices for dual system youth.