- Uses for coordination
- Does not use for coordination
Facilitated through the use of statewide information systems allowing for consistent data sharing between systems.
Committees or advisory groups
Multidisciplinary groups that often have regularly scheduled meetings to brainstorm ways to improve systems integration.
Formal interagency MOUs
Collaborative agreements to guide systems integration efforts
Informal interagency agreements
Commonly based on historical practice, mutual trust, and recognition of the need to collaborate in order to serve dual-status youth.
Statute and/or rules
Rules that mandate systems integration efforts
In Delaware, the Department of Services for Children, Youth and their Families, a single centralized department, oversees both child welfare and juvenile justice services allowing for consistent data sharing about dual status youth at the state level. Since Delaware is already a unified system formal and informal inter-agency collaborative agreements are unnecessary, however, there are state-level committees that focus on dual status issues. There is also a single integrated data system called Family and Child Tracking System (FACTS) that both the child welfare and juvenile justice divisions use. No statute exists that mandates data sharing between child welfare and juvenile justice, but there is a department policy that requires data sharing among divisions.
Again, since Delaware has a single unified department that administers all child welfare and juvenile justice services at the state level, there is no need for local collaborative agreements or memoranda of understanding. This does not mean, however, that data sharing and coordination is not happening. In fact, the unified department allows for frequent and integrated sharing of data about dually involved youth at the local level. There are also local examples of prevalence research on dual status youth. Dual status cases are formally identified at intake to both child welfare and juvenile justice through the FACTS data system.
Case management for dual status youth is coordinated through sharing of case planning information between divisions, inter-division planning meetings, and joint case-level management meetings. The court also coordinates services for dual status youth through instances of consolidation of delinquency and dependency hearings with one judge and joint hearing appearance requirements for social workers and probation officers.