Monthly Archives: September 2013

Children of Incarcerated Parents

Over the last several months, national attention has been focused on the impact of incarcerated parents on children, and the need for a paradigm shift that incarcerated parents should be included in the children’s lives, if possible.  At the national … Continue reading

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Failed Promise? SEA 529 Plan — Children’s Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Health Plan

At the August 7, 2013, meeting of the Commission on Mental Health and Addiction, several organizations testified about the need to revisit “the 529 Plan” concerning mentally ill children.  Specifically, Kevin Moore, Director of the Division of Mental Health and … Continue reading

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Notes from the School Safety Interim Study Committee

The School Safety Interim Study Committee met on August 29, 2013.  The meeting minutes are available here.  A few key points of note: In Marion County, a pilot project has placed 23 probation officers in schools, and this number will … Continue reading

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Probation Leader Moves to DCS

On September 23, 2013, Don Travis, Chief Probation Officer of Howard County and the President of the Probation  Officers’ Professional Association of Indiana, announced that he is leaving his positions to work for the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS). … Continue reading

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Investigating Unlawful Conditions — Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act

As any participants in the juvenile delinquency system come upon issues of maltreatment, abuse, or a lack of services for children placed in public facilities, it is important that we speak up.  There are several avenues.  One avenue is the … Continue reading

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Resources about Trauma-Informed Care

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has resources for mental health and juvenile justice professionals, including: Trauma-Informed Juvenile Justice Roundtable: Current Issues and New Directions in Creating Trauma-Informed Juvenile Justice Systems by Carly B. Dierkhising, Susan Ko, and Jane Halladay … Continue reading

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DOC Changes to Family Engagement

The Vera Institute of Justice recently blogged praising Major Gains for Family Engagement in Indiana’s Juvenile Justice System.  Specifically, the Indiana Department of Correction, Division of Youth Services (DYS) has been a pilot site for the Performance-based Standards Learning Institute (PbS), … Continue reading

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