Quarterly Meeting Summary
March 19, 2004
U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services
This Quarterly Meeting of the Coordinating Council on Juvenile
Justice and Delinquency Prevention provided members and the
public with information on preventing and responding to truancy.
The Council heard presentations on the Albuquerque Public Schools
Community Partnership for Addressing and Preventing School
Absenteeism and Truancy, the OJJDP Strategic Planning Tool:
Risk Factors Matrix, and the White House Task Force for Disadvantaged
Youth. The Council discussed recommendations on addressing
truancy and coordinating programs that reduce truancy. The
Council also discussed what action to take in response to two
federally sponsored reports: a General Accounting Office (GAO)
report on the role federal agencies should play in helping
states reduce the number of children placed in the child welfare
or juvenile justice system solely to obtain mental health services
and a final report from the White House Task Force on Disadvantaged
Youth. A new Council member, Bray B. Barnes, was sworn in.
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)
J. Robert Flores, Vice Chair, Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and
White House Office of National Drug Control Policy
For John P. Walters, Director, Office of National Drug
Darlind Davis, Chief, Prevention Branch
U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)
For Elaine L. Chao, Secretary of Labor
Lorenzo Harrison, Administrator, Employment and Training
Administration, Office of Youth Services
U.S. Department of Education (ED)
For Roderick Paige, Secretary of Education
Deborah A. Price, Deputy Undersecretary, Office of Safe
and Drug Free Schools
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
For Tommy G. Thompson, Secretary of Health and Human
Don Winstead, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Services
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
For Alphonso Jackson, Secretary of Housing and Urban
Donald P. Mains, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Rural Housing
and Economic Development
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
For Michael J. Garcia, Assistant Secretary, Immigration
and Customs Enforcement
Frank Figueroa, Executive Coordinator, Immigration and
Corporation for National and Community Service
For David Eisner, Chief Executive Officer, Corporation
for National and Community Service
John Foster-Bey, Senior Advisor, Research and Policy
Development, Corporation for National and Community Service
Bray Barnes, Attorney/Consultant
Michael J. Mahoney, Practitioner, Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice
and Delinquency Prevention
Adele Grubbs, Judge, Juvenile Court of Cobb County, Marietta, Georgia
Welcome and Introductions
J. Robert Flores, Vice Chair, Coordinating
Council; Administrator, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency
Prevention (OJJDP), U.S. Department
of Justice (DOJ)
Mr. Flores welcomed attendees to the Quarterly Meeting of
the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency.
The 1-day, rotating-venue meeting format is a good fit for
the Council, said Mr. Flores, because it facilitates participant
attendance and agency involvement. Mr. Flores stated that the
Council offers an excellent opportunity for multiagency collaboration,
and he emphasized the value of getting the partner agencies
together to discuss juvenile justice issues that touch every
aspect of society. The panelists briefly introduced themselves,
stating their name, professional affiliation, and work responsibilities.
Mr. Flores extended a special welcome to Bray B. Barnes, a
Council member newly appointed by President Bush. Another newly
appointed member, Victor Rodriguez, was unable to attend the
Don Winstead, Deputy Assistant Secretary
for Human Services Policy, U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Mr. Winstead welcomed participants on behalf of the U.S. Department
of Health and Human Services (HHS) and on behalf of Secretary
Tommy G. Thompson. He echoed Mr. Flores's remarks regarding
the value of collaborative, interagency efforts to help youth.
Mr. Winstead summarized the work of HHS, highlighting in particular
how the agency's activities and programs work to improve the
lives of youthfor example, an abstinence education initiative
and programs that provide mentors to children whose parents
Presentation: Albuquerque Community
Partnership for Preventing Truancy
Catherine Cross Maple, Ph.D.
By way of introduction, Mr. Flores stressed the fact that
truancy is a multiagency issue. Truant youth are more than
simply absent from school: limited employability, drug use,
teenage pregnancy, poverty, and delinquency are all factors
associated with truancy. As such, truancy requires a coordinated
response from multiple agencies.
This presentation concluded a multimeeting agenda focusing
on truancy. Dr. Maple was the last expert presenter on the
issue of truancy. Following her presentation, the Council will
move forward to make policy/program decisions based on the
information it has received over the course of the last several
Dr. Maple began her presentation by asking a question: Should
truancy be classified as a symptom or a problem? According
to the findings of the Albuquerque Community Partnership for
Preventing Truancy, the answer depends on a variety of factors.
Often, truancy is both a symptom and a problem.
The Albuquerque Community Partnership for Preventing Truancy
was formed in October 2002 to address excessive absenteeism
and truancy. The partnership was spearheaded by the District
Attorney, planned by the Albuquerque Public Schools (APS),
and involved a number of state and local agencies, law enforcement,
parents, and the Mayor's and Governor's offices. In the past,
absenteeism in Albuquerque schools was addressed by the APS
Court Liaison Program. The program was funded by a congressional
earmark from OJJDP. The liaison program, which relied on a
school referral system, had been in place since 1974 and could
not handle the approximately 4,000 referrals it received. To
examine the efficacy of the Court Liaison Program, the Albuquerque
Community Partnership conducted an absenteeism study.
It began by examining several 20-day student enrollment cycles.
The results of the data study were staggering: of the 82,073
students enrolled on the 120th day of school, 15,596 (about
19 percent) were identified has having excessive absences (equivalent
to missing more than 10 schooldays). The highest proportion
of absenteeism was at the high school level, where 29 percent
of the students had excessive absences. The results of the
initial data study confirmed that many students were missing
out on important learning opportunities. It also confirmed
that the existing methods for tracking attendance and dealing
with truant youth were inadequate.
The pivotal role for APS was to develop a system for addressing
truancy that helped schools attain district goals and performance
measures. The framework for supporting compulsory school attendance
was predicated on a continuum of early identification/ prevention,
intervention, and response. When students were identified as
having excessive absences or being truant, their parents/guardians
were notified. Parents/guardians of students with continuing
absences or truancy were required to attend the Truancy Prevention
Program and to sign (along with the child) an attendance contract.
When students referred to the Truancy Prevention Program continued
to be absent or truant, their cases were reviewed and prepared
for possible prosecution or court-ordered remedy.
Because the public school system was so large and the absentee
numbers were so great, implementation was phased in. Students
who showed a potential for excessive absences or who had been
issued a truancy citation were identified early in the school
year. Then the student's school attendance was tracked, and
if attendance problems persisted, the required intervention
was put in place. At each step of the process, the parents/guardians
and student were notified about the implication of continued
The effort to involve the community showed dramatic results.
In a new survey of the 81,926 students enrolled on the 120th
day, 10,998 were identified as having excessive absences, a
reduction of about 30 percent from the prior year. The percentage
of students missing more than 10 schooldays dropped from 19
to 13 percent. The greatest improvement in preventing absenteeism
was at the middle and high school levels, with the ninth grade
showing the single greatest improvement across all grade levels.
The dramatic improvement in reducing the number of Albuquerque
students with excessive absences shows the power of an effective
partnership. Regular school attendance is vital for students
to succeed in the classroom. By addressing truancy as both
a symptom and a problem, the Albuquerque Community Partnership
for Preventing Truancy keeps students in school and on the
path to success. Continued truancy-reduction efforts in Albuquerque
include new legislation strengthening the Compulsory School
Attendance Law, the implementation of an off-campus Truancy
Citation project, the development of a Truancy Court and School
Prosecutor program, and ongoing work to study and improve the
current truancy prevention system.
Dr. Maple concluded her presentation by focusing on linkages
between the Albuquerque Community Partnership for Preventing
Truancy and the final report of the White House Task Force
on Disadvantaged Youth. These linkages included the need for
better management accountability, interagency coordination,
oversight of common measures for program success, increased
parental involvement, and a focus on youth with the greatest
Coordinating Council Recommendations on Addressing
Truancy and Coordinating Programs That Reduce Truancy
To open the discussion, Mr. Flores encouraged the Council
to recommend action items that can be accomplished in a reasonable
timeframe and to consider the Council resources already in
place. Mr. Flores posed two questions to the Council: What
appropriate steps should the Council take on truancy? How can
the Council move the mission of other agencies forward? During
an open-floor discussion, the Council agreed on the following
- Include truancy-related language in grant applications,
when appropriate, to address absenteeism and truancy. For
example, grant announcements for mentoring and substance
abuse could include components of outreach/student assistance.
Outcome evaluations could include truancy as a core outcome
- Focus on linkages between foster care and absenteeism.
- Identify early on families who need help with truancy.
- Recognize that school attendance is a valuable indicator
for problems in families.
- Make a change in nomenclature from "truancy" to "school
attendance." This change in language will serve to lessen
the punitive notion typically associated with the word "truancy."
- Ask each agency to identify programs where it will insert
a school attendance goal, preferably a performance measure.
The Council recommends that each Cabinet Secretary of the
federal partner agencies direct a review of programs, starting
with those in the final report of the White House Task Force
for Disadvantaged Youth. As an initial step, each agency
should determine which programs listed in the report bear
on the issue of school attendance. Mr. Flores asked the partner
agencies to provide a list of those programs to the Council
for review. (If an agency is unable to take up this action
item, it is to notify the Vice Chair within the next couple
- Ensure that school systems are accessing resources available
from all agencies. The Council will assist the U.S. Department
of Education (ED) to identify whether school systems are
accessing available resources (e.g., Temporary Assistance
to Needy Families resources, block grant funds) from across
agencies. The Department of Education will take the lead
in providing staff to work with the Council to identify programs
from other agencies that would benefit school systems. In
turn, the Council will make that information accessible to
school communities and the constituencies they serve. The
Council requested that each partner agency identify a staff
member to work with ED to move this action item forward.
Presentation: OJJDP Strategic Planning Tool: Risk
Phelan Wyrick, Ph.D., Social Science Program
In previous meetings, the Council discussed the fact that
certain technologies that might benefit juvenile justice issues
are not being implemented. One appealing area of technology,
for example, is geospatial mapping, which can be used to develop
evidence-based strategies. OJJDP's Gang Reduction Program (GRP)
is embracing advanced technology to strengthen evidence-based
practices. GRP involves the participation of different agencies
and fosters buy-in at the local level for true systems change.
OJJDP's Strategic Planning Tool helps identify service gaps
and provides solutions in a cost-effective, cross-agency fashion.
The goal of OJJDP's GRP Strategic Planning Tool is to reduce
youth gang crime and violence in communities through an integrated
application of proven practices in prevention, intervention,
and suppression. Although the GRP Strategic Planning Tool is
being developed to address gang activity, the technology and
strategic planning it uses are applicable to a variety of issues,
The Strategic Planning Tool is designed to help federal agencies
and communities better implement programs and apply knowledge
of proven programs. It enables local practitioners to access
information about programs that work and to put together a
comprehensive response (including prevention, intervention,
and suppression). Strategic planning for GRP involves crime
and gang analysis, an inventory of existing resources, an identification
of gaps and areas for improvement, and the selection and implementation
of best practices and proven programs. Dr. Wyrick pointed out
that compiling an inventory of existing resources can be difficult,
but it is fundamental to beginning the strategic planning process.
As part of the strategic planning tool, GRP employs an informational
matrixan online database (www.iir.com/nygc/tool/ rfpmatrix.htm)
containing more than 100 research-based programs that address
gang issues and have demonstrated positive evaluation results.
To develop the tool, researchers looked at reviews and compendiums
of programs from a variety of federal agencies. Most risk factors
related to delinquency fall into five general categories. OJJDP
researchers looked at longitudinal studies to find additional
risk factors related specifically to gangs; 84 risk factors
are included in the matrix.
Programs are organized by risk factor environment and the
age groups they serve. Feedback regarding the matrix from pilot
sites in the field has been positive. Dr. Wyrick asked the
Council to provide additional feedback and to assist in populating
the matrix by suggesting additional programs for inclusion.
Council members were asked to assign a staff member to review
the Strategic Planning Tool and to provide recommendations
on programs that OJJDP may have overlooked. Council members
can provide the name of the staff person to Tim Wight via e-mail
Following Dr. Wyrick's presentation, Mr. Flores made two announcements:
- Congress has requested that OJJDP study linkages between
the child welfare system and the juvenile justice system,
a tremendous mandate that is not a funded request. Mr. Flores
asked the Council partners to help OJJDP prepare the report.
Congress is looking for critical linkages that require significant
research and focus. OJJDP needs the respective agencies to
identify a contact person to provide a perspective from each
agency regarding what those links are and what work is being
done in this area. Agencies should provide the name of the
staff person to Tim Wight. The coordinator for the effort
is Katherine D. Schmitt (OJJDP).
- Meeting participants were invited to tour HHS's command
center, which has state-of-the-art GIS (geographic information
system) mapping capabilitiesa technology that the Council
has discussed in the past.
Introduction to the White House Task Force for Disadvantaged
Cheri Nolan, Deputy Assistant Attorney
Many of the nation's youth suffer because they do not have
access to the resources that might help them. The White House
Task Force for Disadvantaged Youth seeks to provide disadvantaged
youth with much needed support. Composed of representatives
from the White House and 12 other Cabinet agencies, the Task
Force coordinates interagency efforts to (1) address the problem
of failure among disadvantaged youth, (2) develop a unified
research plan to identify effective practices that help disadvantaged
youth, (3) incorporate positive youth development practices
that help disadvantaged youth, and (4) analyze and quantify
the impact of these efforts.
Created by President Bush in December 2002, the White House
Task Force for Disadvantaged Youth was tasked with developing
a comprehensive federal response to the problems of youth failure
under existing authorities and programs, with a focus on enhanced
agency accountability and effectiveness. Ms. Nolan emphasized
the importance of better serving disadvantaged youth by reducing
overlap and duplication of services across agencies, ensuring
a focus on existing policies and resources, and increasing
collaborative efforts. Maintaining a consistent public message
to youth across agencies is also important, Ms. Nolan said.
One of the Task Force's goals is to improve the quality and
quantity of program evaluations, which are ideally based on
best practices and use standardized performance measures for
similar programs. Ms. Nolan described a recent meeting wherein
federal representatives met to discuss a consensus standard
among federal partners. A common consensus standard is necessary
to make program standards transparent to the public, so that
the validity of one program can be compared to another. During
the meeting, which was convened by Assistant Attorney General
Deborah J. Daniels, federal partners looked at programs for
at-risk youth and other programs (especially in the areas of
drug-use prevention treatment models). A working group was
formed, and it will present to the larger group in April 2004.
Federal agency signoff for a consensus standard is expected
by August or September 2004.
Presentation: The White House Task Force for Disadvantaged
Karen Morison, Staff Director, White House
Task Force for Disadvantaged Youth
According to a National Academy of Sciences study, about one-quarter
of all teens (10 million youth) are at serious risk of not
achieving productive adulthood. The federal government plays
a major role in addressing this issue: It spends approximately
$223.5 billion a year in 339 federal programs that touch on
all aspects of children's lives. The mandate set for the White
House Task Force on Disadvantaged Youth was to examine how
the government can do a better job of providing services to
disadvantaged youth. In outlining the Task Force's findings
to the Council, Ms. Morison focused on those recommendations
most relevant to the Council. The recommendations were grouped
according to mission alignment, interagency coordination, improving
the federal grants system, understanding what works, holding
programs accountable for results, engaging youth and families,
and caring for special target populations.
In developing a comprehensive federal response to disadvantaged
youth, the Task Force began with a Vision for Youth in the
form of a national youth policy framework. This outcome-focused
approach delineates the desired outcomes for all youthnamely,
that they grow up healthy and safe; ready for work, college,
and military service; ready for marriage, family, and parenting;
and ready for civic engagement and service.
The national youth policy framework is designed to ensure
that programs meet one or more of these four goals. The Task
Force was organized into committees around this framework.
Each committee was charged with developing recommendations
to improve federal disadvantaged youth programs under existing
authorities. The way to achieve the best outcomes for disadvantaged
youth from the significant federal funds invested was to focus
on (1) better management, (2) better accountability, (3) better
connections, and (4) priority to the neediest youth.
The Task Force identified 339 federal youth programs in its
preliminary report, which was submitted to the President in
April 2003. The preliminary report looked specifically at statutes,
regulations, and funding. By surveying programs in youth-serving
agencies to determine goals and target audiences, the Task
Force found that many programs are directed to large numbers
of youth (with significant overlap among programs) and have
a wide range of goals. These factors can cause problems in
terms of accountability when multiple agencies respond to the
same problems. Likewise, congressional earmarking of funds
for disadvantaged youth programs is problematic because it
eliminates linkages between accountability measures and funding
decisions (as opposed to a competitive grant process). As a
result, there is no incentive for agencies to provide oversight.
The report analyzed data by looking at programs and quantifying
the degree to which programs were being evaluated at a high
level. Of the 339 programs identified in the report, only 27
had been properly evaluated (using a random-assignment method,
which is scientifically reliable).
In light of its findings, the Task Force proposed a Disadvantaged
Youth Policy Initiative and presented recommendations on mission
alignment, interagency coordination, and improving the federal
grants system. Designed to be coordinated through the Executive
Office of the President, the Disadvantaged Youth Policy Initiative
is intended to develop and coordinate policy, maximize interagency
collaboration, coordinate federal research, and find and evaluate
models of "what works." For example, the Task Force recommended
consolidating/coordinating mentoring programs after first determining
where the need for mentoring is greatest.
Mr. Flores commended the Task Force on its efforts and asked
Council members to review the programs listed in appendix F
of the final report and to bring missing programs to the attention
of Tim Wight, who will then pass on that information to the
Swearing in of Bray B. Barnes
J. Robert Flores, Judge Adele Grubs
Mr. Barnes was officially sworn in by Judge Grubs.
Discussion on Developing Calendar Years 2004 and 2005
Coordination Topics, Work Groups, and Meeting Agendas
Timothy Wight, OJJDP
Mr. Flores opened a discussion on proposed Council activities
for 2004–2005. The Council discussed what action to take
regarding the GAO report on child welfare and juvenile justice
(Federal Agencies Could Play a Stronger Role in Helping
States Reduce the Number of Children Placed Solely To Obtain
Mental Health Services [GAO 03–097]).
The Council discussed how to respond to the following three
- The Secretary of HHS and the Attorney General investigate
the feasibility of tracking the children discussed in the
report to identify the extent and outcomes of their placement
in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.
- The Secretaries of HHS and ED and the Attorney General
develop an interagency working group to identify the causes
of misunderstandings at the state and local levels and to
create an action plan to address those causes.
- HHS and ED should continue to encourage states to evaluate
child mental health programs, and the Secretaries of HHS
and ED and the Attorney General should determine the most
effective means of disseminating the results of these and
other available studies.
This issue was a Council item last year. The GAO recommendations
were written in response to a disturbing trendsome parents
feel that the only way for their children to receive mental
health services is to surrender their parental rights. Mr.
Flores asked the Council to affirm its commitment to provide
a response to Congress on this issue. Mr. Flores proposed that
the Council provide what assistance it can to help HHS respond
to Congress. The Council affirmed this recommendation with
no objections. Council member Don Winstead (HHS) agreed to
take the lead on the three recommendations, working with DOJ,
ED, and other agencies. Mr. Winstead will designate a lead
staff person who will survey the rest of the departments to
determine whom they want to involve, and the partner agencies
will designate lead staff to work with HHS on this issue. Mr.
Winstead thanked the other agencies for their support.
The Council also discussed the final report of the White House
Task Force for Disadvantaged Youth, examining each recommendation
to determine whether it required action from the Council. The
following recommendations were deemed appropriate for Council
involvement. (Page numbers refer to the final report.)
Interagency Coordination: Improve coordination of
mentoring programs (pp. 5, 38)
- The Council discussed the need to coordinate primary mentoring
programs (those whose sole focus is to match a mentor with
a child) and secondary mentoring programs (a program that
has mentoring as a component, such as Girl Scouts).
- The Council expressed the need to provide mentoring services
to those most in need, such as children of incarcerated parents.
- In addressing this recommendation, the Council agreed to
combine it with the Task Force recommendation to expand mentoring
programs to special target groups such as foster care and
migrant youth (pp. 13, 119).
- The Council agreed to address this issue at a future meeting.
- The Council will make a preliminary assessment of which
agencies in the government currently have mentoring or mentoring-type
programs and ask the staff and program managers of those
programs to address the Council at a future meeting.
Interagency Coordination: Support state and local
community planning process (pp. 5, 41)
- The Council recognized the duplication of planning efforts
at the state and local levels. This is often due to federal
requirements for various plans, committees, and data collections.
- Although Council agencies can combine some planning requirements
and can collectively support state and local government planning
efforts, legislative changes may be necessary to eliminate
certain grant program requirements that have the effect of
impeding or disrupting state and local planning efforts.
- The Council recognized the current lack of funding available
for coordination activities.
- The Council recognized the importance of involving the
Domestic Policy Council in future conversations about this
Understanding What Works: Develop a unified protocol
for federal "What Works" clearinghouses (pp. 8, 55)
- The Council briefly discussed a few separate efforts that
member agencies have in place to research youth programs
and then inform the public about model programs that have
been proven through rigorous experimental design and replication.
- It was agreed that Council agencies should discuss ways
to coordinate information so a common clearinghouse could
be developed for research-based programs. This would include
developing common protocols and standards of research so
appropriate comparisons could be made.
- The Council will invite those who are currently working
on this issue to attend a future meeting to present and explain
what they are working on. The Council will then be in a position
to assist with those efforts.
Understanding What Works: Build a rigorous and unified
disadvantaged youth research agenda (pp. 8, 65)
- Council agencies expressed an interest in coordinating
- In addressing this recommendation, there was concern that
the Council may be duplicating what was being done by the
Domestic Policy Council. It was decided that once a lead
agency was selected to develop this research agenda, the
lead agency could be invited to a Council meeting so Council
agencies can discuss and coordinate research efforts.
Understanding What Works: Improve data collected on
the well-being of families (pp. 9, 67)
- As with the disadvantaged youth research agenda, the Council
will work with the assigned lead agency to inform that lead
agency on what is currently being collected by Council agencies,
what improvements should be made, and how current data can
be used to improve agency policy decisions.
Holding Programs Accountable for Results: Develop
standards for measuring grantee performance (pp. 9, 69)
- The Council was very interested in using its collective
efforts to develop common standards for measuring performance,
particularly developing core outcome measures that could
be used in multiple grant programs.
- A distinction was made during the Council meeting between
developing program-level measures and developing grantee-level
Holding Programs Accountable for Results: Implement
grantee-level performance measurement guidelines
(pp. 9, 81)
- The Council members agreed to address this recommendation
in conjunction with the recommendation to develop standards
for measuring grantee performance.
- Mr. Flores stressed the importance of working with the
field and grantees and inviting them to address this recommendation.
Holding Programs Accountable for Results: Conduct
rigorous oversight of earmarked grantees (pp. 10, 84)
- It was initially suggested that this recommendation not
be addressed by the Council but that each individual agency
would provide direct oversight and response to the issue
- On further discussion, it was agreed that a coordinated
response was necessary to inform policymakers of the problems
incurred through eliminating the competitive grant process,
one of seven earmarked issues listed in the final report.
- A future Council meeting will be scheduled to discuss collective
action that could be taken to address the earmarks issue.
- At a future Council meeting, key staff from authorizing
committees and appropriations committees will be invited
to discuss a suitable baseline for responsible stewardship
in the earmark environment.
Engaging Youth and Families: Increase parent involvement
in federal youth programs (pp. 11, 95)
- The Council agreed that including parents in advisory groups,
program planning, and the youth-serving program was an excellent
- The Council agreed to investigate programs that might benefit
from parental involvement and modify programs to include
this as a component.
- Council agencies will report at a future meeting the extent
to which they were able to involve parents in their programs.
Engaging Youth and Families: Recruit youth for federal
grant review panels (pp. 11, 98)
- Although initially rejected as an issue that did not require
coordination and thus did not need Council action, HHS staff
indicated that they had implemented this recommendation during
the past few years with great success. They were asked to
present this information at a future Council meeting so other
Council agencies could learn from HHS's success.
Caring for Special Target Populations: Target youth
who are in public care such as foster care homes and juvenile
justice institutions (pp. 12, 103)
- The Council agencies indicated that this recommendation
was a high priority and should be addressed through Council
- Coordination would be needed from HHS and the DOJ to link
programs that serve youth to foster care youth and youth
in juvenile justice institutions.
- Policy changes may be necessary to encourage programs at
the state and local levels to seek youth in these target
- Additional Council agencies will provide input on other
target populations that could be identified for inclusion.
Caring for Special Target Populations: Target youth
with a high number of factors putting them at risk, such
as children of incarcerated parents and migrant youth (pp.
- All agencies on the Council agreed that youth with a high
number of risk factors should be targeted for services.
- Agreement would need to occur at a future Council meeting
on which risk factors to focus on and what target populations
to include in this focus.
Caring for Special Target Populations: Expand mentoring
programs to special target groups, such as foster care and
migrant youth (pp. 13, 119)
- The Council will address this recommendation as part of
the recommendation made to improve coordination of mentoring
- Mr. Flores stressed the importance of addressing the issue
of migrant youth and developing a dialog with officials at
the Bureau of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
Mr. Wight discussed future Council meeting dates and venues,
acknowledging that Council members need to know about meeting
logistics as far in advance as possible. He proposed a quarterly
meeting schedule. Mr. Wight thanked HHS for hosting the meeting
and providing the meeting space. The next Council meeting will
be held on June 4, 2004, at the White House conference center.
Mr. Wight requested that Council members volunteer to host
future meetings (from December 3, 2004, forward).
J. Robert Flores
Mr. Flores asked the Council members to consider what they
can do to improve the benefits that the federal partners receive
from the Council. Mr. Flores suggested that Council members
think about what it would take to get the Cabinet Secretaries
to attend future meetings, thereby underscoring the Secretaries'
commitment to juvenile justice issues. Council members could,
for example, explain to the Secretaries how the Council's activities
relate to departmental agendas. Mr. Flores pointed to the benefit
of having Cabinet Secretaries interact directly with Council
and practitioner members. After remarking that the nation's
youth are the ultimate beneficiaries of the Council's efforts,
Mr. Flores thanked the Council members and participants for
attending and adjourned the meeting.
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)
Office of Justice Programs (OJP)
Jasmine D'Addario-Fobian, Program Specialist, Office
for Victims of Crime
Darcey K. Donehey, Contractor, Weed and Seed Program
Joan LaRocca, Public Affairs Specialist, Office of Communications
Cheri Nolan, Deputy Assistant Attorney General
Cora L. Roy-Stevens, Program Specialist
Catherine Sanders, Public Affairs
Specialist/Speech Writer, Office of Communications
Robert Samuels, Acting Director, Executive Office for Weed and Seed
Office of Juvenile Justice and DelinquencyPrevention (OJJDP)
Janet Chiancone, Program Manager
Katherine D. Schmitt, Social Policy Analyst
Timothy Wight, Director, Concentration of Federal Efforts Program
Phelan Wyrick, Ph.D., Social Science Program Specialist, Demonstration Programs
National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Dr. Henry H. Brownstein, Chief, Drugs and Crime and International
Research Division, Office of Research and Evaluations
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
Health Resources and Services Administration
Sonia Chessen, Senior Policy Analyst
Harry Wilson, Associate Commissioner
Trina M. Anglin, M.D., Ph.D., Chief, Office of Adolescent
Health, Maternal and Child Health Bureau
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration
Beverly Watts Davis, Director, Center for Substance Abuse
U.S. Department of Education (ED)
John Linton, Director, Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools
Diane McCauley, Ph.D., Education Research Analyst, Office of the Secretary
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Marvin E. Klepper, Program Analyst, Real Estate Assessment Center
U.S. Department of Transportation
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Jim Wright, Highway Safety Specialist
Dr. Pat G. Aaby, Director of Government Affairs, Channing Bete Company
Tim Briceland-Betts, Senior Government Affairs Associate,
Child Welfare League of America
Arthur L. Burnett, Sr., Senior Judge, Superior Court of the
District of Columbia
Joan L. Byer, Family Court Judge, Court of Justice, Louisville,
Kentucky Mishaela Duran, Director of Public Policy, National
Network for Youth
Bigual Estrada, Policy Analyst, Family Youth Services Bureau
Thaddeus Ferber, Program Director, Forum for Youth Investment
Senior Attorney, American Prosecutors Research Institute
Dr. William L. Howard, Assistant Administrator, Maryland-Judiciary/Administrator
of the Court
Lawrence K. Johnson, Management Analyst, Fairfax County Sheriff's
Irv Katz, President, National Collaboration for Youth, National
Assembly of Health and Human Service Organizations
Jeffrey A. Kuhn, Esq., Project Administrator, National Truancy
Beth P. Lovell, Director of Children, Youth, and Families,
Volunteers of America
Jennifer Mankey, Executive Director, Center for Network Development
Catherine Cross Maple, Ph.D., Strategic Planning Officer,
Albuquerque Public Schools
Marion Mattingly, National Program Director, National Campaign
to Stop Violence
Karen Morison, Executive Vice President, Center for Education
Carissa Pappas, Research Analyst, Fairfax County Juvenile
and Domestic Court
Joseph F. Pauley, President, Kahler Communications
Dr. Judith A. Pauley, Chief Executive Officer, Kahler Communications
Jessica A. Sandoval, Juvenile Justice Policy Coordinator,
Center for Youth as Resources
William Scott, Esq., Assistant Director, Standards and Accreditation,
American Correctional Association
Ray Sweeney, Editor, Children and Youth Funding Report
William W. Treanor, Executive Director, American Youth Work