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
  • Juvenile Offender Programs
    • 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.

      Seven Challenges Program

      The Seven Challenges Program (Jackson County) is designed specifically for adolescents with drug problems.  The program simultaneously helps youth address their drug problems as well as their co-occurring psychological problems, live skill deficits, and situational issues.

      Multi-Systemic Therapy

      Multi-Systemic Therapy focuses on improving parenting effectiveness by empowering parents and teaching them new skills.  The family of a juvenile offender receives in-home treatment from therapists who are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

      Functional Family Therapy

      Functional Family Therapy is designed to treat high-risk youth and their families, through a therapy practice grounded in clinical theory but flexible enough to be adapted to treat a variety of complex family problems.

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