Agency integration, 2016

Coordination, 2014

  • Uses for coordination
  • Does not use for coordination
  • Data sharing

    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 Tennessee, the Department of Children's Services administers child welfare services as well as most community supervision through the Division of Juvenile Justice allowing for consistent data sharing at the state level. Family service workers serve both delinquent and dependent youth and have access to all youth files and information, regardless of youth status upon intake, through a shared data system called TFACTS. The courts, however, do not have access to this data.

If a youth is on local juvenile probation rather than state juvenile probation, the practices vary between counties and the probation department would not have access to TFACTS. One county, Rutherford, participated in a pilot program through Georgetown University's Center for Juvenile Justice Reform Information Sharing Certificate program and has its own set of practices regarding crossover youth.

Reported data

Progressive data, 2014

The Tennessee Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges reports related cases across delinquency, dependency and status offense cases in its annual juvenile court statistics series.  The reporting utilizes diagrams to visually display youth in juvenile court on multiple legal statuses.  In 2014, about 9% of 49,800 youth referred to juvenile court had multiple cases spanning child welfare, delinquency and/or status offense referrals.

View the State of Tennessee Annual Juvenile Court Statistical Report Series »

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Juvenile Justice GPS (Geography, Policy, Practice, Statistics) is a project to develop a repository providing state policy makers and system stakeholders with a clear understanding of the juvenile justice landscape in the states.

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