In an effort to further involve Ohio in JDAI, Warren County Juvenile Court Administrators will be coming to Mahoning County Juvenile Court on August 24th to view our Detention Facility and discuss our JDAI process. Currently Ohio has 8 JDAI counties and several more showing interest. Mahoning Juvenile Court is proud to be a mentor court and continue the work of JDAI.
A Facility Self-Assessment Team has been assembled to conduct an evaluation of the Mahoning County Detention Center in October. The Team members are from education, law enforcement, mental health and recovery, child welfare, state inspector and other community agencies. This wide array of professionals will lend an unbiased opinion of areas that the Detention Center can improve upon and what are the strengths through a written report. The goal is to provide the youth who are housed here with the safest most productive environment possible. Currently the Team is reviewing standards and conditions of confinement as best practices and will have 8 hours of Webinar for training prior to conducting the evaluation. We thank the Team members in advance for their commitment and dedication to the youth of Mahoning County.
There are 8 Core Strategies of JDAI and over the next 12-18 months 2 will be high concentration areas. These areas are Case Processing and RED (Racial and Ethnic Disparity). The Annie E Casey Foundation and The Ohio Department of Youth Services will hold trainings, seminars and conferences throughout the year for Court staff and community agencies in an effort to move JDAI forward and continue to positively impact youth and families.