Collaboration and coordination increase the ability of the agency, community, and system as a whole to supervise and support youth, and promote their chances of living successfully in the community.
Interpretation: This core concept standard is intended to address the range of organizations and agencies likely to serve or encounter youth who are or may become involved with the juvenile justice system. Relevant organizations, agencies, and other parties to consider include: juvenile court personnel, including judges; probation; parole; law enforcement; prosecution and defense attorneys; representatives of state agencies responsible for youth corrections and detention; child welfare agencies; schools; mental health care providers; substance use treatment providers; medical and health care providers; and community organizations, including parks and recreation services, libraries, cultural institutions, businesses, and faith-based institutions.
Note: Collaboration by nature involves other organizations and agencies, and COA recognizes that there are obvious limits as to how much an individual agency can do. However, agencies are still expected to take steps to encourage the collaboration and coordination that can help promote positive outcomes for youth.
The agency collaborates with relevant parties, such as the court, to encourage placement of youth into programs that address their risks and needs in the least restrictive environment necessary.
The agency collaborates with other organizations and agencies to:
Interpretation: This can include organizations and agencies involved with youth both during and prior to their placement at the agency, and relevant court or legal personnel. As referenced in CR 2, when information will be shared with other organizations and agencies, youth should be informed of any limits on confidentiality before they disclose information. This may be especially important when the agency serves youth prior to adjudication, and youth might reveal self-incriminating information that could potentially be used against them in legal proceedings.
The agency reaches out to community resources and partners to:
Interpretation: Relevant community resources and partners may include, but are not limited to: other youth-serving providers, schools, libraries, parks and recreation services, cultural institutions, local businesses, and faith-based institutions.
The agency promotes a more comprehensive understanding of the different organizations, agencies, and systems serving youth by:
The agency facilitates appropriate collaboration and coordination by identifying laws, regulations, and other requirements governing information sharing and confidentiality, and:
Interpretation: When possible, this should include procedures and/or agreements designed to protect youth from self-incrimination. As referenced in PA-JJD 4.03, this may be especially important when agencies serve youth prior to adjudication.