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CalGRIP, Corrections Standards Authority
Over the past 15 years, rigorous evaluations have demonstrated that a small number of rehabilitation programs – commonly called evidence-based practices – reduce juvenile delinquency, crime and recidivism. California probation departments, which have the highest rate of youth in custody in the nation, are best situated to implement these evidence-based programs. Though most of the state's chief probation officers recognize the need to use these proven practices, and many have begun to do so, there are several obstacles to comprehensive state-wide implementation. OGYVP has begun to work with the state's probation departments to address these challenges.
As a part of this work, OGYVP has partnered with the Corrections Standards Authority (CSA) to develop a Request for Applications (RFA) to distribute $1.1 million from California's federal Juvenile Accountability Block Grant to probation departments to fund training and follow-up assessment in one of the most cost-effective juvenile rehabilitation program models, Anger Management and Youth Violence Prevention Training. Prior to developing the RFA, OGYVP, with the assistance of the Chief Probation Officers of California, surveyed probation departments to determine their interest in implementing the program, experience with evidence-based programs and capacity to implement and sustain the program. Sixty-two percent of departments (36 departments) responded to the survey; 83 percent of those (30 departments) expressed interest in receiving funding and technical assistance to implement the Anger Management and Youth Violence Prevention Training progam in juvenile halls, camps and community settings.
For more information on this initiative, please visit the Corrections Planning and Programs Division.