The Effectiveness of Service Integration: Studying the Crossover Youth Practice Model

The Effectiveness of Service Integration: Studying the Crossover Youth Practice Model.
Huang, Hui. Rhoden, Michelle-Ann.

Crossover youth includes any youth who has experienced maltreatment and also has engaged in delinquent activity. Prior studies indicate that crossover youth have higher rates of reoffending than delinquent youth without a history of child welfare involvement. The higher rates of reoffending
among crossover youth are of concern given the exorbitant cost of providing services within the juvenile justice system. Moreover , having more juvenile arrests is associated with a greater risk of continuing delinquent or criminal behaviors into the future. Little is known, however, about which interventions could effectively direct crossover youth from continuous involvement in the justice system. The Crossover Youth Practice Model (CYPM) is the only existing practice model for serving crossover youth. The CYPM was developed by the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University. 
This study evaluated CYPM using a quasi-experimental design with group assignment at the county level. Miami-Dade County (MDC) was selected as the experimental county and Palm Beach County (PBC) as the control county. This study used a mixed-methods approach. Both qualitative and
quantitative data were collected in both counties. Qualitative data were collected to understand and compare their procedures of processing crossover youth in the two counties. Quantitative data was collected to compare the recidivism outcomes between crossover youth from the two counties.