- Community Updates: Sharing the Good News!
- Video Discussion: Solitary Confinement
- Recent TA Requests
- NDTAC Updates
Salmon Community Call (March 10, 2016)
Ban on Solitary Confinement
- DE and RI reported that their states do not permit solitary confinement for youth in in juvenile justice facilities
- WY and ID reported that the use of solitary confinement is uncommon in their states
- NDTAC suggests considering adding questions/indicators concerning the use of solitary and access to academic programming while confined to subgrantee monitoring protocols
School Discipline Initiatives
John Sadowski (DE) is involved in his state's school discipline reform efforts:
- His state team meets monthly.
- His state has launched a pilot "compassionate schools model" program in middle schools that is currently in place in 6 districts. The model is based on trauma-informed care.
- He is also involved in restorative practices training. Restorative practices are being used in alternative programs in his state but he is uncertain as to whether they are being used in juvenile detention or correctional settings. Refer to the call materials for links to resources on restorative practices.
What are the reporting requirements for at-risk programs while a student is in residence and 90 days after exit?
As at-risk programs are not housed in facilities, this is a common question. In the case of at-risk programs, a "facility" refers to "Title I, Part D programming", that is, any program, regardless of its physical location, that is receiving Title I, Part D funding to provide services to eligible youth (e.g., a community school that is housing a drop out prevention program funded with Title I, Part D dollars). Outcomes for students served by such at-risk programs should be reported:
- While they are receiving services funded by Title I, Part D
- 90 days after exiting the program funded by Title I, Part D (i.e., the student is no longer being served by a program funded by Title I, Part D)
What is Pay for Success?
Pay for Success is a federal initiative. Historically, the U.S. Government has funded programs based upon metrics that tell us how many people we are serving, but little about how we are improving their lives. As part of this Administration’s commitment to using taxpayer dollars effectively, we are employing innovative new strategies to help ensure that the essential services of government produce their intended outcomes. Now more than ever, federal programs must be measurably effective and designed to do more with fewer resources. Adapting strategies currently being implemented as far away as the United Kingdom and Australia and as close as the State of Maryland, Pay for Success is an innovative way of partnering with philanthropic and private sector investors to create incentives for service providers to deliver better outcomes at lower cost—producing the highest return on taxpayer investments.The concept is simple: pay providers after they have demonstrated success, not based on the promise of success, as is done now. Refer to the call materials for a link to more information on the initiative.