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NCJ Number: 194457 Find in a Library
Title: Problems in Acquisition and Use of Clinical Information in Juvenile Court: One Jurisdiction's Response
Journal: Children's Legal Rights Journal  Volume:21  Issue:4  Dated:Winter 2001-2002  Pages:15-24
Author(s): Joseph T. Scally; Antoinette E. Kavanaugh; Karen S. Budd; Dana R. Baerger; Barbara A. Kahn; Julie L. Biehl
Date Published: 2002
Page Count: 10
Sponsoring Agency: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Chicago, IL 60603
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article describes the response of a large urban court to problems associated with acquisition and use of clinical information in juvenile court.
Abstract: Because individuals and families involved in juvenile court cases frequently have mental health needs, clinical information can play a significant role in legal decision-making. The article focuses on the response of the Juvenile Justice Department of the Circuit Court of Cook County, IL, to problems associated with acquiring and using clinical information. A multidisciplinary team, the Clinical Evaluation and Services Initiative (CESI), conducted a comprehensive evaluation of the clinical information system in the juvenile court. The team recommended changes to the process of acquiring clinical information, to the content and quality of information acquired, and to system-wide constraints. The paper contains a brief overview of the Cook County juvenile court system, and of CESI's evaluation methods and findings; describes a model for reform of the clinical information system and how the model responds to specific problems; and discusses applicability to other jurisdictions of CESI's system evaluation methods, findings, and proposed model. Notes
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): County courts; Criminal justice program evaluation; Illinois; Juvenile court procedures; Juvenile courts; Juvenile justice information systems; Model programs; Program evaluation; Services integration
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