Begun Center Senior Research Associate and Research Assistant Professor Jeff Kretschmar will present as part of a webinar entitled, “Implementing School-Based Diversion for Youth with Behavioral Health Needs: The Responder Model,” on Wednesday, December 9, at 12 p.m. EST, presented by the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice (NCMHJJ) and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ). | Listen to and view slides of webinar |

Begun CIP Photo It is the first in a four-part webinar series on school-based juvenile justice diversion models for youth with behavioral health needs. The series will explore the essential components of effective school-based diversion programs that identify and address behavioral health needs.

As the first webinar in this series, this one will provide an overview of two school-based diversion initiatives that emerged from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Models for Change Mental Health/Juvenile Justice Action Network, and that have been shown to effectively divert youth with behavioral health needs away from the juvenile justice system. Experts will:

– Speak to the core components of initiatives in Connecticut and Ohio
– Share how they are operationalized at the school and community levels
– Discuss outcomes of both efforts.

Joining Dr. Ketschmar will be: Jeana Bracey, Ph.D, Director of School and Community Initiatives at the Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut and Lisa Karas, Program Coordinator at the Summit County Family Resource Center.

This webinar is an appropriate learning opportunity for professionals in a variety of settings, including schools, community behavioral health services, law enforcement, and juvenile justice.

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