Developing systems of care to advance the health, equity, and wellbeing of children, youth, and families.

Programs and Services to Advance Healthy Child Development

For almost 40 years the Partnership for Child Health has been improving the health and wellbeing of children in these five key areas:

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Duval County Diversion System of Care

Restorative, Educational and Equitable Programs for Justice-Involved Youth

In 2017, State Attorney Melissa Nelson convened the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee with a primary goal of reviewing research and best practices to improve the juvenile diversion programming for justice-involved youth.

The result was a recommendation to expand diversion programming, moving its delivery from the State Attorney’s Office to a community-based program managed by Kids Hope Alliance.

View the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee Report

After awarding the implementation of the program to the Partnership for Child Health, the Duval County Diversion System of Care launched in 2021 with an initial caseload of 170 justice-involved youth.

The model utilizes best practices from the Diversion Juvenile Justice in Miami-Dade County successfully developed and deployed more than ten years ago with impressive evidence-based outcomes recorded for its youth population.

Expected Outcomes for Justice Involved Youth in Duval County
  • Reduce involvement in the juvenile justice system by providing prescribed services to divert juvenile offenders and reduce recidivism;
  • Incorporate accountability activities, counseling/therapeutic services, family supports, and youth development activities that strengthen protective factors and reduce risk factors that lead to delinquent and maladaptive behavior;
  • Ensure greater access to diversion services county-wide so that eligible youth are served in the timeliest and most appropriate manner to reduce barriers the family may have in accessing services
  • Reduce disproportionate minority representation of youth by ensuring equitable access to effective culturally competent programming.
Diversion Process

Youth who are diverted from the State Attorney’s office to the Partnership for Child Health are assigned a Diversion Case Manager. Based on evidence-based needs and assessment screening tools, the youth is placed into one of three tiers with various levels of programming, services, impacts and timelines for successful completion.

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Jacksonville Systems of Care Initiative (JSOCI)

Through strong community partners sharing a common vision of improving outcomes for children, the Partnership has connected two significant systems of care to the Jacksonville community to provide resources to children and youth for mental health and several emotional problems. A $9 million grant for the Jacksonville System of Care Initiative (JSOCI) was received from the Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration in 2010 to 2016 and expanded through 2019, to transform Northeast Florida's mental health services into an integrated system of care for children, youth and families. A $1.25 million Hall-Halliburton Project for Collaborative Care Initiative endowment was awarded to sustain this initiative that will improve the delivery of mental health care and provide pediatricians with specialized training to identify early signs of depression and suicide in youth. Read more .

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Public Policy Improves Health and Wellbeing for Children and Youth

Engaging in public policy that responds to the critical and priority needs of children and families is necessary to achieve their optimal health and wellbeing. Throughout the years, The Partnership's public policy position has been grounded in the principles of child rights and health equity. To read more about The Partnership's shared obligation to the children of our area and the advocacy efforts click here.

Below are several initiatives, organizations and resources The Partnership has helped to support to fundamentally change the mental health landscape in Northeast Florida.

Population Health Consortium of Northeast Florida
Children’s Ombudsperson
Cultural and Linguistic Competency Professional Development
Child Friendly Cities Initiative
Federation of Families Northeast Florida
Mental Health America of Northeast Florida
Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center
Frameworks Institute Messaging
The Florida ADHD Initiative

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Training Classes and Registration

Health Equity
Training professionals and the community about how health inequities impact the lives of vulnerable children and families. Visit Website
Health Literacy
Physician and Medical Professional Health Literacy Training with CME and CEU credits available through virtual or in-person training. Learn valuable skills to improve families’ quality of life through informed shared decision-making using culturally appropriate strategies. Contact Bonnie Atwater at bonniea@pchjax.org for dates and registration.

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Family Engagement for Mental Health
Providing training for individuals, families and organizations to understand mental health and related issues through support, education and advocacy. Visit Website
Professional Development
Podcasts and resources for professional development. Visit Website
Mental Health First Aid

Providing training for young people to understand mental health and related issues through peer support, education and advocacy.

To schedule a Youth or Adult Mental Health First Aid Training Contact Jill Hill, Director of Family Engagement at JillH@PCHjax.org

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Integrated Behavioral/Physical Health
Providing training for young people to understand mental health and related issues through peer support, education and advocacy. Visit Website
Cross-Cultural Communications
Cultural and Linguistic Competency (CLC) professional learning modules designed to develop leaders in effective communication across differences and building culturally competent organizations and systems of care. Visit Website

Encouraging Vaccinations

Let's Get the Vax, Jax!

We're out in the community answering questions and helping people understand the importance of getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

Click here for campaign materials and free vaccine sites.

Youth Leadership Initiative

#ShareYourSide

Youth are coming together to have an authentic conversation regarding the truths and myths about the COVD-19 vaccine.

Check out the campaign video #shareyourside

Meeting Calendar

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Resource Library

Dive into our wealth of resources with links to organizations, stories and initiatives in child health, advocacy and wellbeing.

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