January Updates

Policy

For those who didn't catch this resource last year, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine offer a comprehensive resource on LGBTQI+ populations and the laws, services, and systems that impact their wellbeing. Download the full book here. Reading not your thing? Check out a webinar here.

Research

For those who want the latest juvenile facility census numbers, here is the latest report from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). Of note is that the average size of juvenile facilities has decreased, and the number of private facilities has decreased.
 

IN THE NEWS

Lawsuit faults Maine DHHS for use of powerful medications on foster children
Portland Press Herald (1/6/21)


Maine kids waiting for Big Brothers, Big Sisters to be their ‘One to One in 2021’
Penobscot Bay Pilot (1/3/21)
 
Giving Notebook: $10K to help homeless youth, $6K for hunger relief
MaineBiz (12/29/20)

COVID-19 outbreaks grow at Long Creek, Maine Correctional Center
NewsCenterMaine (12/11/20)
 
Biden Made Big Promises On Juvenile Justice. Activists Worry It's Not Enough
Maine Public (12/11/20)

Also check out this blog post from Urban Institute discussing how to keep young people out of the 'deep end' of youth justice systems.

Practice

Educate Maine's conference in December featured a breakout session titled "Education Inside and Outside the Bars in Maine,' with a panel of speakers who shared diverse perspectives on this topic. You can see the full panel here by entering password "EMSymposium2020".

R E G I O N A L    C A R E    T E A M S

All three regional care teams met in December.

Region 1: The Maine School Safety Center presented on their SEL4ME initiative. No case review this month, but a funds request was extended from a previous month to provide a young person with rental assistance.
Region 2: Community Housing of Maine presented on a new inclusive supportive housing initiative in Region 2 that is a collaborative effort with Maine Inside Out. A case review explored available supports for a young person facing housing instability and mental health issues. Issues raised included the lack of supportive housing options for young people under age 18.
Region 3: Case review focused on ideas for supporting a young person transitioning from psychiatric treatment.

For more information about regional care teams, click here.

S T A Y   C O N N E C T E D

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