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Special Reports

Special reports are prepared occasionally as part of collaborative policy and engagement partnerships and projects.

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Getting it Right: Realigning Juvenile Corrections in Ohio to Reinvest in What Works — Gabriella Celeste, JD, Director, Child Policy

Ohio offers a promising example of juvenile justice system realignment and reinvestment efforts and may serve as a model for others interested in a collaborative approach to policy change and ultimately, better results for those involved in the juvenile justice system. This brief highlights the importance of fiscal realignment and incentive strategies to invest in effective community-based programming as well as the critical need for effective state-local partnerships with juvenile courts and providers, among others, to ensure the best outcomes for young people and communities.


Expanding the Toolbox: The Use of Volunteers by Public Children Service Agencies in Ohio — Presented at the PCSAO Conference on October 24, 2013.

The Schubert Center in collaboration with the Public Children Services Agency of Ohio (PCSAO) conducted a study about the use of volunteers by Public Children Service Agencies (PCSAs) in major metropolitan counties in Ohio. Schubert Center Research Associate Julia Kobulsky was responsible for conducting much of the original research. Through this study we hope to encourage a dialogue regarding the use of volunteers by PCSAs and provide examples of successful volunteer programs for county PCSAs interested in expanding their volunteer utilization. Emergent best practices including the importance of designated staff, training and consistent fiscal support are discussed, as are implications for future research.


The Bridge to Somewhere: How Research Made its Way into Legislative Juvenile Justice Reform in Ohio: A Case Study — Gabriella Celeste, JD, Director, Child Policy

In 2011, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed House Bill 86, landmark legislation for juvenile justice reforms based on an understanding of evidence-based practices and adolescent development research. This legislative achievement was the result of a collaborative policy change model that relied upon critical engagement among various experts, practitioners, key stakeholders, advocates and policymakers. The case study is intended to be a learning tool for those interested in understanding a collaborative approach to policy change and potentially pursing similar policy change efforts in the future.