Strengthening Schools by Building Community Partnerships with Law Enforcement, Behavioral Health Services, and Family Supports

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“Young adults often experience better long-term outcomes from diversion than from arrest and juvenile detention.”

Families are important partners in ensuring that schools are safe, productive learning environments for children. This article from describes a School-Based Diversion Initiative in Connecticut, including a Free Toolkit available for schools aimed at reducing juvenile justice involvement among youth with emotional or behavioral health challenges. The diversion program involves schools partnering with families, law enforcement, and other community partners.

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