Center for Coordinated Assistance to States
Assessing the need for, and coordinating the delivery of, high quality, research-driven training and technical assistance to improve juvenile justice policy and practice.
Prior to this program, I had no knowledge of juvenile justice or compliance monitoring. I was essentially directed to the Juvenile Justice Reform Act. While I was able to glean a lot of information from studying the JJRA, these sessions really helped provide a clearer picture to the work we are doing on behalf of the juveniles in our state.
- CCAS certificate program participant
The mission of the Center for Coordinated Assistance to States (CCAS) is to provide responsive resources and training and technical assistance (RTTA) to support states, territories, tribal units, and communities in developing a continuum of juvenile justice services—ranging from prevention to intervention to reentry—that aligns with Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s (OJJDP) Title II Formula Grants Program.
For the last seven years, AIR, under the leadership and guidance of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), has operated the Center for Coordinated Assistance to States (CCAS). CCAS provides targeted and tailored training and technical assistance to states, tribes, territories, and communities to improve youth serving systems. CCAS seeks to translate research into practice focusing on evidence-based approaches designed to improve outcomes for youth at risk of or currently involved in the juvenile justice system and/or child welfare systems.
The overarching goal of CCAS is to support states, territories, tribes, and communities in developing a continuum of juvenile justice services, enhancing systems, and ensuring outcome-driven implementation of OJJDP’s Title II Formula Grants Program. AIR, with the support of our partners, strives to reach this goal by supporting OJJDP’s State Relations and Assistance Division (SRAD), Designated State Agency (DSA) professionals in their work within the states and territories, and State Advisory Group (SAG) members through the delivery of timely and responsive training and technical assistance.
CCAS Team Strategies
The CCAS team employs several agile and innovative strategies to meet the Center’s objects:
- CCAS Community of Practice: An information hub welcoming all stakeholders who are interested in developing a continuum of juvenile justice services.
- SRAD Monthly State Calls: An opportunity for two-way communication between OJJDP and states and territories to share current information, ask questions, and connect with peers.
- DSA Staff Certificate Programs: The certificate programs are designed to (1) provide professional development for new DSA personnel and SAG members; (2) orient new DSA personnel and SAG members to the roles and responsibilities of their positions; (3) facilitate peer-to-peer support by engaging seasoned DSA personnel and SAG members; and (4) establish a cohort of training participants that can provide ongoing support to one another during and after completion of the program as well as to future training participants.
- Tools and Resources to Aid States, Territories, and Governments with JJRA Implementation: CCAS develops materials that are evidence-based and address the current needs of the field.
- Individualized Training and Technical Assistance to States and Territories: CCAS delivers a customized training and technical assistance experience by identifying needs, sharing resources, and maximizing system improvement efforts to meet goals.
- National Training Conferences: CCAS hosts an annual conference that provides critical training to DSA staff as well as hosts trainings and workshops where states and territories can share their questions, strategies, and lessons learned on several topics related to the JJRA and the Title II Formula Grant program.
- Professional Development Opportunities for State and Local Juvenile Justice System Stakeholders: Each year, CCAS’s partner, CJJA, facilitates a seminar for new directors of youth corrections agencies, a training for deputy directors to build their capacity, and webinars focused on salient topics for juvenile justice staff.
- Rural Chats: CCAS’s partner, CJJR hosts rural chats to address topics like access to counsel and services, addressing trauma, commercial sexual exploitation of children and girls, supporting LGBTQ+ youth and more.
CCAS’s Information Hub is a virtual community of practice, welcoming all stakeholders who are interested in developing a continuum of juvenile justice services ranging from prevention to intervention to reentry. The CCAS Information Hub is where stakeholders can share resources and best practice as well as request high quality, research driven training and technical assistance to improve juvenile justice policy and practice.
Please note that you must have an account to access the Information Hub.
Developmental Approach Checklist Series
Based upon the findings of Reforming Juvenile Justice: A Developmental Approach, this extensive OJJDP-funded report explores recent advances in behavioral and neuroscience research on adolescent development and the implications of this knowledge for juvenile justice reform. They are designed to help the field explore ways to apply the seven hallmarks of the developmental approach in their localities, to effectively align youth justice services with adolescent development.
Youth Homelessness Information
- Youth Homelessness and Juvenile Justice System Involvement [Snapshot]
- Non-Federal Organizations and Resources That Focus on Youth Homelessness
- Key Federal Funding Related to Homeless Youth
Child Welfare Information
- Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice System Involvement [Snapshot]
- Key Federal Programs and Funding Related to Child Welfare
Youth Employment Information
Prioritizing Youth Leadership and Youth Voice
To help develop a trusted relationship with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), we work together with our trusted partners in the field:
- Council of Juvenile Justice Administrators
- Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR)
- Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ)
- National Partnership for Juvenile Services (NPJS)
- Youth MOVE National