Georgia Juvenile Justice Reform

To encourage the spread of evidence-based programs in the community, Georgia created a voluntary incentive grant program, which has helped counties make significant progress in reducing their use of out-of-home placements and establishing community alternatives.

Since first awarding grants to participating counties in 2013, the Juvenile Justice Incentive Grant Program has directed more than $30 million to support evidence-based programs throughout the state. Evidence-Based Associates has been a key partner in the initiative from the beginning, collaborating with the office of Governor Nathan Deal, the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) and the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC).

Below are the models currently in use in the Juvenile Justice Reform project in the state of Georgia.

Functional Family Therapy

Description

Functional Family Therapy (FFT) is a family focused intervention for at-risk and juvenile justice involved youth.

Age & Delivery

  • 10-18 years old
  • Typically conducted in a(n): Adoptive Home, Birth Family Home, Foster Home, and Outpatient Clinic.

Inclusionary Criteria

Child/Youth and their families whose range of problems include but are not limited to:

  • acting out
  • conduct disorder
  • alcohol and/or substance abuse
  • limited access to resources
  • a range of diagnose

Exclusionary Criteria

Child/Youth who is

  • actively suicidal
  • actively homicidal
  • actively psychotic without medication stabilization

Youth in respite or emergency care

Youth who will not be returning home within 30 days

Youth not living with permanent/long-term caregiver

Treatment Duration/Rate

Families participate in a series of sessions over a 3-5 month treatment period.

Multisystemic Therapy

Description

MultisystemicTherapy (MST) is an intensive family- and community-based treatment that addresses the multiple determinants of serious antisocial behavior in juvenile offenders.

Age & Delivery

  •         12-17 years old
  •         Typically conducted in a(n): Adoptive Home, Birth Family Home, Foster Home,  and Outpatient Clinic. Telehealth sessions could be an option for extreme circumstances.

Inclusionary Criteria

Child/Youth and their families whose range of problems include but are not limited to:

  •         acting out
  •         conduct disorder
  •         alcohol and/or substance abuse
  •         limited access to community resources
  •         a range of diagnose
  •         Pre- Dispositional Risk Assessment (PDRA) 2 or higher

Exclusionary Criteria

Child/Youth who is

  •         actively suicidal
  •         actively homicidal
  •         actively psychotic without medication stabilization
  •         Pre- Dispositional Risk Assessment (PDRA) below a 2
  •         Youth in respite or emergency care
  •         Youth who will not be returning home within 30 days
  •         Youth not living with permanent/long-term caregiver

Treatment Duration/Method

Families participate in 3 to 4 sessions per week over a 2 to 5 months treatment period

Average hours of therapy is 60

Aggression Replacement Training

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EBAssessment

Needs Assessment: Identify ideal evidence-based programs when and where they are needed in the District

Implementation Support: Provider support to community-based provider agencies, to ensure they are successful in the shift to evidence-based programming

EBAssets

Service Provider Oversight: Monitor providers adherence to the EBP Hiring Manual; work to ensure policies and procedures are in place to support staff recruitment and retention

Training Coordination: Identify appropriate training organizations for trainings and support, including matching scheduling to ensure adequate available staff

EBAccountability

Managing Utilization: Ensuring the necessary and appropriate referrals are available for the services

Quality Assurance and Fidelity Monitoring: Collaborate with consultants to collect and analyze adherence to the models

Stakeholder Management: Apprise Stakeholders of the project’s outcomes and continuous planning to ensure the needs of the community are being met, while sustaining the investment in evidence based services

EBAnalytics

Monitoring and Evaluation: Developing systems (i.e. dashboards and fidelity monitoring tools) that allow us to review, provide oversight of data and provide continuous quality improvement on the implementation of evidence based practices.

Reductions in Recidivism

EBA County Performance

EBA Statewide Performance

Testimonials regarding EBA's work in the state of Georgia

“The staff at EBA have been exceptional. We have been able to reduce detainments and ... provide much needed intensive services to families in crisis. EBA has been a great partner.”

Honorable John Sumner, Presiding Judge, Cherokee County, GA (2015–2016 President Georgia Council of Juvenile Court Judges)


"The services provided by EBA has greatly improved Grace Harbour's service delivery as a provider of evidence based services and has directly contributed to greater service outcomes, including increased program family retention rates, decreased criminal charges, and decreased recidivism rates for the youth and families served. EBA has and continues to play a vital role in the programmatic success of our MST and FFT teams at Grace Harbour."

Kevin Freeman, PhD, LPC, NCC, MAC, CPCS
President & CEO
Grace Harbour, Inc

News Items Related to Our Efforts in Georgia

Family Focused: Opposite of 'Scared Straight,' Intervention Helps Youth Connect and Feel Understood - Youth Today - November 2016

Terri Barnes
Project Director, Georgia Project
tbarnes@ebanetwork.com

Barnes is the project director for our Georgia Project Team and is responsible for developing and overseeing all aspects of the project. Barnes' past experiences as a family intervention therapist, clinical director and program director of a provider organization have all proven to be beneficial in her role with Evidence-Based Associates. She will serve as the central point of contact for the Georgia Project with respect to all local stakeholders, model training programs and EBA. Barnes received her master's degree in social work from Clark University in Atlanta, GA.


Barbara Byrne
Project Director, Florida Project & Associate Project Director, Georgia Project
bbyrne@ebanetwork.com

Byrne has over 25 years of experience working with youth and families as a clinician, and administrator in community mental health, schools, the foster care and juvenile justice systems. She will serve as the point person for EBA's broadening role in Florida's goal of ensuring quality services to at-risk youth.