JDAI Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative
August 22, 2013
JDAI News, the newsletter of the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative, is published by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. JDAI News provides readers with site updates and results of policy and practice reforms from 144 sites in 38 states and the District of Columbia.
Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) Steering Committee Development and Continued Replication of JDAI in Washington State
Washington State sent a team of 13 local and state juvenile justice leaders to New Jersey for a two-day training on August 1-2, 2013, to participate in specialized training sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation—to develop a plan for establishing a steering committee, resources, and infrastructure for JDAI in Washington State. The goal of this training is to develop an infrastructure in WA State to sustain and expand JDAI with fidelity to the eight strategies of JDAI that includes: establishing a multi-agency JDAI oversight steering committee and the capacity to provide technical assistance, quality assurance, funding, and state/county coordination.
Prior to this training, in 2012 and into 2013, representatives from the Administrative Office of the Courts and the Washington Association of Juvenile Court Administrators met with Office of Juvenile Justice staff and the JDAI Statewide Coordinator to form a stakeholder group in furthering the integration of JDAI strategies in Washington’s juvenile justice system—this group worked collaboratively on development of agreements and partnerships to begin building infrastructure for the adoption of the JDAI as a proven system reform effort for Washington juvenile courts and to begin discussions of statewide expansion.