County Initiatives

A number a counties are implementing a variety of programs or policies based on current research on scientific approaches to delinquency prevention and community-based intervention.

  • Introduction to County Initatives
    • What Works Wisconsin

      What Works Wisconsin  is a comprehensive report to the Wisconsin Governor’s Juvenile Justice Commission and the Wisconsin Office of Justice Assistance prepared by the University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Wisconsin-Extension, Cooperative Extension.  This report synthesizes current research on scientific approaches to delinquency prevention and community-based intervention and includes an overview of the latest concepts, terms and models.

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      The Annual Reports to Governor and Legislature by the Juvenile Justice Commission

      Governor’s Juvenile Justice Commissions provides a list, with explanation of evidence-based, local initiatives funded by the Commission.

      2013 Annual Report

      2014 Annual Report

      2015 Annual Report

      2016 Annual Report

      The Brighter Futures Initiative

      Established in 2001 to help Wisconsin youth, families and communities achieve their maximum potential.  BFI funds are meant to maximize prevention resources through cross-system, community-driven continuum of care approach. The Brighter Futures Initiative is the strategy, or catalyst, that encourages the pooling of prevention funds, as well as “in-kind” services.

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  • Primary Prevention Programs
    • The Early Truancy Intervention Program

      The Early Truancy Intervention Program (Marathon County) provides intensive intervention services to truant youth, including daily meetings with program staff who use games and incentives to get students excited about attending school daily.  Weekly and monthly progress reports are sent to parents showing how well not only their child is doing but also how well they are doing getting their child to school every day.

      Rapid Response Services

      Rapid Response Services (Dodge County) is a voluntary, community based, collaborative, wrap-around program designed to hold youthful offenders, of elementary and middle school aged children, accountable and to reduce recidivism.

      Olweus Bullying Prevention Program

      The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program includes school-wide, classroom, individual, and community strategies that create a safe and positive school climate.

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      Bullying Prevention Program

      The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has developed the Bullying Prevention Program This program contains a comprehensive school bullying prevention instructional unit, as a well-written a sample school board policy.

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      Manitowoc County Launches Kids at Hope

      Manitowoc County is working with Kids at Hope® to produce Treasure Hunters throughout the community. A Treasure Hunter is an adult who is committed to searching for all the talents, skills, and intelligence that exist in children. A Treasure Hunter also believes that all children are capable of success, no exceptions!

      Read More about the Kids at Hope work going on in Manitowoc and note two upcoming dates for their Certificate in Hopeology orientation events, April 4 and April 5.

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  • Secondary Prevention Programs
    • A Case Management System for Change – Rock County FFCM

      In 2013, Rock County continued its journey for Evidence Based Practice and worked to find a case management system that brought forth the counties mission to empower families and youth by building upon strengths through services and relationships that center on the family.  That program is Functional Family Case Management (FFCM).  Functional Case Management brings a case management process to life that looks to engage the whole family, building their hope while decreasing blame and negativity.  The caseworker develops an alliance with the child’s entire family where individual differences within and between families are respected, as the caseworker strives to engage each family member in the change process.  At its essence, the model is intended to make families the unit of intervention–not just the youth.

      Use of the model began in June of 2013 when staff were initially trained in the use of the FFCM model.  The model provides specific processes, skills, goals and objectives in each of the three phases: Engage and Motivate, Support and Monitor and Generalization.  Its core approach is building and keeping a balanced alliance with as many family members as possible and emphasizing positive capacities for change by home visits and interactions that focus on the entire family dynamic rather than singling out and blaming a “youth as the problem family member”.  Workers learn to work relentlessly with families to understand and respect youth and families by understanding and seeing problems relationally while striving to uncover strengths and solutions.  It is through these relationships that families take a more active part in the process and see that change is possible!

      For more information, contact Jeremy Brown, Rock Co. JJ Supervisor & you can link to a previous presentation about FFCM in Rock County.

      Job Corps

      Job Corps. provides economically disadvantaged youth, ages 16 to 24, with education and vocational training in a residential living setting.  The Job Corp. environment aims to provide the skills necessary for job attainment.

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      Big Brothers Big Sisters

      Big Brothers Big Sisters matches children and adolescents from single-parent families with a volunteer mentor to provide support in their lives.  Mentors and matched youth meet two to four times each month, for a year.

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      Carey Guides and Brief Intervention Tools

      Carey Guides and Brief Intervention Tools (Manitowoc County) is a set of tools designed by The Carey Group to help change offenders’ behaviors in critical skill deficit areas, aimed specifically at addressing criminogenic needs and other critical case management issues.

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      Restorative Practices in School Discipline

      Restorative Practices in School Discipline (Green Bay, Brown County) encompasses a continuum of approaches to transform school discipline.  There is a growing interest in the use of restorative practices to both prevent school-related problems as well as intervene to restore relationships and repair the harm caused by problem behaviors.  Sites such as SaferSaner Schools and Discipline that Restores provide a wealth of practice and system resources to help implement restorative justice principles in school settings.

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  • Juvenile Offender Programs
    • Juvenile Drug Courts

      Juvenile Drug Courts  or treatment courts use increased supervision and accountability for substance abuse offenders, who report back to the drug court at regular intervals.  The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges has a resource site related to juvenile drug courts.

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      Accountability Project

      The Accountability Project (Dane County).  Using the Weekend Report Center and Community Restoration Crew initiatives, the Accountability Project holds youth accountable for their actions and court-ordered rules of supervision, through structured activities and community service opportunities. For more information about the project, contact Andre Johnson, Delinquency Services Manager for Dane County.

      Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST)

      Botvin LifeSkills Training (LST) (Manitowoc County) is a research-validated substance abuse prevention program proven to reduce the risks of alcohol, tobacco, drug abuse, and violence by targeting the major social and psychological factors that promote the initiation of substance use and other risky behaviors.

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      Aggression Replacement Training (ART)

      Aggression Replacement Training (ART) is a cognitive behavioral intervention program designed to help children and adolescents improve social skill competence and moral reasoning, better manage anger, and reduce aggressive behavior.

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      Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

      Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a conjoint child and parent psychotherapy approach for children and adolescents who are experiencing significant emotional and behavioral difficulties related to traumatic life events.

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