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Providers Sought for Juvenile Justice QI Project
June 15, 2010

The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) has partnered with the Office of Children, Youth and Families to fund the development of a quality improvement initiative (Qii) for delinquency interventions.  The Qii aims to help Pennsylvania providers assess how well interventions match up against recognized best practice standards and identify areas where delivery of service can be improved. 

During FY 2010/11 Qii project staff from the National Center for Juvenile Justice (NCJJ) will work directly with 40 providers across the commonwealth.  Applicants must submit the attached form which will provide the project with information about the intervention proposed for participation.  Note that the Qii focuses on discrete interventions, not the entirety of services delivered.  Providers should select only one intervention (for example, one that addresses poor anger management or decision-making) for participation. Expectations of participating providers include:

  • Participation by agency administrator in four site visits with NCJJ staff and consultants
  • Assembling a Quality Improvement (QI) Team staff and support their engagement in QI efforts, which entails dedicating time and staff resources to:
    • Participation in on-site training,
    • Completing a self-assessment,
    • Developing and implementing a quality improvement plan and reviewing progress monthly with NCJJ project staff, and
    • Requesting an independent assessment by NCJJ toprovide objective verification that the intervention aligns with best practices of an effective delinquency intervention.

Providers should contact the appropriate referral agencies (juvenile probation, children and youth, or both) to gain support for participation. This can be demonstrated by obtaining signature(s) and job title(s) from representatives on the signature page.  Questions should be directed to Teri Deal with NCJJ (412-227-6950 or deal@ncjj.org).  Applications will be reviewed by the NCJJ and PCCD staff; selected programs will be contacted about the next steps in the process.  Submit applications and the signature page electronically to Teri Deal. The application deadline is June 23.

 

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