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Evaluating the Family Law Navigation Model (Phases I & II)

These studies (Phases I & II) are funded through two grants from the Indiana Supreme Court. Phase I of the study aims to understand current legal processes for family law cases in Floyd County, Indiana. This phase is a qualitative project for which we have conducted semi-structured interviews with key legal and community stakeholders. This project is currently at the end of the coding and analysis phase with legal stakeholders, after which we will interview litigants. Using our newfound understanding of family law in Floyd County, in Phase II we hope to develop and pilot a Family Law Navigation Triage Model in Floyd County and two adjacent counties. The triage model will entail screening litigants for potential needs (e.g., mental health, domestic violence, etc.) and referring them to relevant resources.

Contingency Management Study

This is a clinical study conducted through UIC’s Mile Square Health Center. Brittany, Jax, and a new intern named Lexie are currently the only CAPACITY members who will be involved with this study. This study aims to understand how a contingency management program could be successfully implemented at Mile Square. Data will be collected via qualitative interviews with Mile Square Health Center stakeholders and folks who are recovering from opioid over-use. This study is currently in the developmental phase, and we’re not sure when interviewing will begin.

Restitution in the Philadelphia Juvenile Court System: An Evaluation of Juvenile, Victim and System Outcomes

The purpose of this project is to compare existing and alternate approaches to addressing juvenile restitution to decouple financial burdens from court obligations, promote positive youth and family outcomes, and improve victim satisfaction and payment, all while enhancing system outcomes and community safety.

Trauma-Informed and PBIS Practice School Safety Training

This project is a component of The School Violence Prevention Program funding from the COPS Office of the U.S. Department of Justice. The goal is to enhance, administer, and evaluate a school police officer skill development training series that adapted from the Positive School Policing: Trauma and Positive Behavioral Approach coaching curriculum. These skill development trainings can be administered to large groups of officers over the course of the school year (i.e., on professional development days), with applied practice activities assigned between trainings to solidify skills and promote officers’ regular use of the skills with students.

Pilot Mixed Methods Evaluation of the Barriers and Facilitators to Suicide Prevention in Juvenile Detention

Death by suicide is a major public health concern, particularly among 10- to 25-year-olds. Vulnerable youth who enter the juvenile justice (JJ) system are four times more likely to engage in suicidal behaviors than their peers. The Zero Suicide model and suicide prevention guidelines for JJ recommend suicide prevention in juvenile detention include ongoing evidence-based suicide risk screening and triaging to appropriate pathways of care. The Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale, Clinical Practice Screener, is ideally suited for use in this model because it is an evidence-based suicide screen that is feasible and acceptable among staff in justice settings. Triaging in juvenile detention includes ensuring safe housing (e.g., rooms without anchoring devices), level of observation (e.g., one-on-one) and referral to behavioral healthcare (e.g., immediate crisis stabilization). However, there are no systematic implementation efforts to support detention center staff engaging in the lifesaving work of screening for suicide risk and triaging vulnerable youth to appropriate and safe pathways of care. This pilot mixed methods study of suicide prevention efforts in the Chester County Juvenile Detention will allow for identification of key barriers and facilitators to suicide prevention and demonstrate the feasibility of the proposed research method. The goal is for this work to inform JJ policy and practice to save the lives of our country’s most vulnerable youth.