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Juvenile Justice System Enhancement Strategy

Juvenile Justice System Enhancement Strategy

Juvenile Justice System Enhancement Strategy (JJSES)


The Blair County Juvenile Probation Office dedicate ourselves by working in partnership to enhance the capacity of PA’s Juvenile Justice System through BARJ by:
  • Using evidence-based practices throughout every stage of the Juvenile Justice process;
  • Collecting and analyzing data to measure the results of these efforts;
  • Striving to continually improve the quality of our decisions, programs and services.

   The JJSES strategy focuses on:

  • Addressing the youths’ criminogenic needs through structured decision making
  • Risk/Needs assessments
  • Case Planning
  • Evidence Based Practices and Programs

Stages of JJSES

  • Stage 1: Readiness
    • Intro to EBP Training
    • Organizational Readiness
    • Cost-Benefit Analysis
    • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Stage 2: Initiation
    • Motivational Interviewing
    • Structured Decision Making
    • Detention Assessment
    • MAYSI-2 Screen
    • YLS Risk/Needs Assessment
    • Inter-Rater Reliability
    • Case Plan Development 
  • Stage 3: Behavior Change
    • Skill Building & Tools
    • Cognitive Behavioral Interventions
    • Responsivity
    • Evidence-Based Programming & Interventions
    • Service Provider Alignment
    • Standardized Program Evaluation Protocol (SPEP)
    • Graduated Responses
  • Stage 4: Refinement
    • Policy Alignment
    • Performance Measures
    • EBP Service Contracts