- 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 New Jersey, the Department of Law & Public Safety, Juvenile Justice Commission (JJC) administers services to delinquent youth and Child protective services are administered by the Department of Children and Families (DCF), Division of Child Protection and Permanency. There are no procedures for data sharing or coordination of dual status cases at the state level between these agencies. There are, however, examples of data sharing at the local level.
Middlesex County is in the process of implementing the Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Integration Initiative to coordinate services for dual status youth. To facilitate the coordination of services, there is a formal inter-agency agreement between the agencies, a standing local committee that focuses on dual status youth issues, and data sharing between agencies. As part of the initiative, both DCF and JJC are able to identify if youth have current or prior referrals upon intake. The initiative also created a process to refer identified dual status youth to the Dual System Review Committee, a multi-stakeholder team which reviews cases and makes recommendations to the public defender. Court services are coordinated for dual status youth through a DCF liaison who works with the courts and service providers to coordinate cases.