- 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 Maine, delinquency services are centrally organized by the Maine Department of Corrections (MDOC), a state department of corrections agency, and child welfare services are administered by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Both agencies have data collection systems; and although information sharing is not automated, a state statute exists that requires the sharing of information for youth committed to DHHS or MDOC. Additionally at the state level, a Memorandum of Understanding exists between the MDOC and DHHS to coordinate services to youth who have concurrent involvement in both the juvenile justice and child welfare systems.
There are also examples of data sharing and coordination for dual status youth at the local level in Maine. Dual status youth are identified at intake by Juvenile Community Corrections Officers (JCCOs). JCCO may take a proactive approach and request a DHS investigation and home study be conducted; these youth are referred to as C-5 youth.
Case management coordination occurs through: sharing case planning information between systems (MDOC, DHHS, and behavioral health); interagency planning meetings; and joint case level meetings.
Court activity is coordinated through: joint hearing appearance requirements for probation officers and social workers; and inter-agency liaisons (behavioral health) and social workers who have specialized case loads.