Juvenile Justice

A Comprehensive Strategy For Youth, Family and Community

police_talkThrough a partnership between the County of San Diego Board of Supervisors and The Children's Initiative, San Diego County became one of the first national sites to plan, develop and implement the United States Justice Department's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention "Comprehensive Strategy." This model, bringing together diverse disciplines, is used to coordinate and enhance efforts that address juvenile delinquency and promote positive development of youth. Both the process and the product represent one of the first times a collaboration of this scale and diversity has occured in San Diego County, or in the nation, on behalf of Juvenile Justice. The Children's Initiative continues to serve as principle coordinator for sustaining the Comprehensive Strategy partnerships and its implementation.

The "Comprehensive Multi-Agency Juvenile Justice Plan," developed in conjunction with the Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council, was approved by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. It has resulted in an award from the State Board of Corrections of more than $10 million to sustain programs, identify gaps in services, and create services for at-risk youth. These services address a variety of issues, including drug and alcohol abuse, gang involvement and truancy.

The Children's Initiative staff has presented the San Diego County Comprehensive Strategy model across the country. The presentations have included strategies for cross-government collaboration, blended funding, and how to build public and private partnerships.

The Children's Initiative provided extensive implementation assistance to legislators and other officials across the nation as well as from other countries.