Collaborating and Implementing Programs and Services to Advance Healthy Child Development
The Partnership for Child Health (The Partnership) develops and implements programs and services to improve the health and wellbeing of all children and youth in Northeast Florida by collaborating with community partners in major child-serving organizations. Read More
Criminal Reinvestment Grant
Jacksonville Cleft & Craniofacial Program
Nurse Care Coordination
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.
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.
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.View the Diversion Process
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 .
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
By creating an integrated system of care through collaborative alliances,
The Partnership for Child Health is transforming the medical, mental, behavioral, and developmental health systems for children, youth and families connecting them with
the resources and services they need to reach their full potential.
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Jacksonville System of Care Initiative (JSOCI)
In 2010, Jacksonville received a $9 million dollar grant from the Federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) to develop Northeast Florida’s mental health services into an integrated system of care to provide home and community-based services and supports for children and youth with serious emotional disturbances.
Dive into our wealth of resources with links to organizations, stories and initiatives in child health, advocacy and wellbeing.View Resources Page
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