OJJDP's State Relations and Assistance Division To Host Training Day

Photo of a SRAD training event
OJJDP's State Relations and Assistance Division (SRAD) will host a training day for new Juvenile Justice Specialists, Compliance Monitors, and Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Coordinators on October 22, 2010, at the Hyatt Regency on the Hudson in Jersey City, NJ. The training will provide information and supporting materials to assist key state agency staff in implementing the federal juvenile justice grant programs administered by SRAD and ensuring compliance with the four core protections of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act.

The training tracks for Juvenile Justice Specialists and Compliance Monitors will cover a broad range of information critical to these positions. The training is designed for state agency staff who have been working in their current positions for less than 3 years. Attendance at these sessions is by invitation only.

The Juvenile Justice Specialists training track will be led by both federal and state representatives, including OJJDP staff and the Juvenile Justice Specialist for the state of Georgia. This training will offer insights about how close federal-state collaboration can maximize the impact of juvenile justice funds awarded by OJJDP.

The Compliance Monitors training track will provide participants with indepth coverage of the first three core requirements: deinstitutionalization of status offenders, sight and sound separation, and jail removal. The training will also offer detailed information about the roles and responsibilities of Compliance Monitors.

The DMC Coordinators session will focus on promising strategies for systems improvement at the arrest and court-referral decision points in the juvenile justice system. Specifically, the training will cover issues related to effective data collection and analysis, and how assessments can guide decisionmaking.

The SRAD training day will be led by members of OJJDP's DMC team. Additional expert consultants will participate in the training day to ensure that participants receive the most current information available on addressing DMC at the state and local levels. This session is only open to designated state agency staff.

The training day is being held in concert with the Coalition for Juvenile Justice's (CJJ's) National DMC Conference, scheduled for October 23–25, 2010, at the same location. The CJJ conference, "Fundamental Fairness: Eliminating Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Juvenile Justice," will be cohosted by the New Jersey Association of County Youth Services Commissions and the New Jersey Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Committee.

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For additional information on the SRAD training day, contact Jim Antal, OJJDP State Representative, at 202–514–1289 or James.Antal@usdoj.gov; or Ann Rodrigues, Training Coordinator, National Training and Technical Assistance Center, at 703–383–3308 or arodrigues@icfi.com.

To learn more about CJJ's conference, go to the CJJ Web site, or contact Mark Ferrante at ferrante@juvjustice.org or at 202–467–0864, ext. 102.