Providing and Receiving Technical Assistance: Lessons From Models for Change provides a brief overview of key technical assistance aspects from the Models for Change Initiative, describes the distinctive approaches used to offer technical assistance, and discusses the lessons learned based on the experiences of initiative participants.

The goal of this initiative was to accelerate the reform of juvenile justice systems across the country into systems that hold young people accountable for their actions, provide for their rehabilitation, protect them from harm, increase their life chances, and manage the risk they pose to themselves and to public safety. This document broadly describes the approach to implementation of the initiative in several states and the initial outcomes of implementation in those states.

The National Center for Youth Opportunity and Justice (NCYOJ) originally developed and maintained this resource. The NCYOJ was operated by Policy Research, Inc. and operated from 2001 to 2022 and was formerly known as the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice. The NCYOJ improved life opportunities for youth through systems and practice improvement initiatives.

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This resource was first shared in 2007.

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