Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators (CJCA), Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators Toolkit: Reducing the Use of Isolation, March 2015.
“This Toolkit is intended to guide youth correctional administrators and their directors of institutions and secure facilities in changing cultures that rely on isolation as a behavior management tool. The Toolkit was inspired by a panel presentation at the 2014 Leadership Institute Meeting in Chicago that included CEOs from Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts and Oregon, moderated by Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Administrator Robert Listenbee. Current best practices and ideas for replication emerged from breakout groups that included over 40 youth corrections leaders and a lively roundtable discussion that closed the meeting.”
The toolkit outlines “five steps to reduce the use of isolation,” and appendices to the toolkit include tips from agency directors that have reduced the use of isolation, examples from states that have reduced the use of isolation (including Massachusetts, Maine, Indiana, and Alaska), and a statement from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP).
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