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Evidence-Based Practices
Partnering with Linn County
 
 
Submitted by Paul Egbert, Linn OYA
 
Evidence Based Practices  Move Forward
The Linn County Juvenile Department has partnered with OYA to implement evidence-based practice and case management for local juvenile justice.  Linn County administers the full risk needs assessment (RNA) and automated JJIS case plan tools on all their Juvenile Crime Prevention (JCP) screened high-risk youth.  Selected county Probation Officers and the Probation Supervisor participated in the OYA evidence-informed case management trainings in June and July.  This will greatly help Linn County in developing a continuum of services with OYA to serve our delinquent populations in reducing future crime.  The Linn-Benton Detention Center has also implemented an array of cognitive-behavioral interventions.  We appreciate the commitment and energy from this wonderful county partner.   
 
What shared training brings . . .
 
In January 2007 the Linn County Juvenile Department partnered with the Oregon Juvenile Detention Managers in submitting a Training and Technical Assistance grant to receive training on Adolescent Brain Development. On June 26 and 27, Michael Nerney, internationally known lecturer, national consultant and former Director of the Training Institute of Narcotic and Drug Research, presented 16 hours of training on the adolescent brain, chemical dependency and gender differences to over 230 participants in Albany.  The grant from the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention allowed juvenile probation officers, detention workers, judges, residential providers, educators, mental health workers, drug and alcohol providers and direct care staff from across the state to increase their knowledge and awareness of adolescent brain development with no tuition costs. We feel this was not only a huge success for Linn County, but for everyone across the state who attended.
 

We're All Part of EBP Strategy
 
 
Submitted by Don Tomfohr, Clackamas OYA
 
All of us are a part of facilitating the success of achieving lasting change.
In the past, our approach to supervision in OYA emphasized individual accountability from offenders and their supervising officers without consistently providing either group with the skills, tools, or resources that science indicates are necessary to reduce risk and recidivism.
 
Implementing evidence-based practices has required our agency to change the way we operate and rethink the way we do business, which has been no easy task. This level of change required dynamic and committed leadership with the ability and willingness to place equal focus on evidence-based practices, organizational development, and collaboration.
 
Three components, when implemented together, form an integrated model for system reform.  Each component of this integrated model is essential:
  • Evidence-based principles provide a scientific basis for developing more effective services.
  • Organizational development is required to successfully implement and maintain systemic change. To implement evidence-based practices our agency had to: rethink our missions and values; gain new knowledge and skills; adjust our infrastructure to support this new way of doing business; and transform our organizational culture.
  • Collaboration enhances internal and external buy-in in the change process, supporting successful implementation in our complex web of agency bureaucracy, service providers, and other stakeholders.
All of us are a part of the Oregon Youth Authority strategy for facilitating the implementation evidence-based practices into our system and achieving successful and lasting change.  Interventions within our system are considered effective only when they reduce offender risk and subsequent recidivism.  The untold secret is, “It’s already working!”   The Oregon Youth Authority is making a positive long-term contribution to public safety because we’ve changed the way we do business.