The Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center develops model programs based on research and focused on services and interventions tailored to meet the unique needs of girls and young women in the community. The Policy Center engages community stakeholders in developing and implementing a Continuity of Care Model for girls spanning prevention and early intervention, through re-entry from residential programs and ongoing care management for individualized services.
Girl Matters®: It’s Elementary is a project model that intervenes early in girls’ lives to improve school success and stop their suspension and expulsion from school. The program is funded by the Department of Juvenile Justice, but originally began as a four year demonstration with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Local Funding Partnerships. Research indicates that school failure is a major factor in girls entering the juvenile justice system, and Duval County Public School data revealed that 849 elementary girls were suspended or expelled in the 2008-2009 school year, giving rise to the program. Girls in the intervention phase receive services focused on their personal safety, relationships, communication, emotions and identity. For more information see: Girl Matters®: It’s Elementary Logic Model, Girl Matters: It’s Elementary Inforgraphic, GMIE Evaluation Report and Executive Summary.
Girl Matters®: Continuity of Care (CCM) was created by the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center and piloted from 2013-15 (then called Girl Matters: Giving Girls a Voice) in response to the incarceration trends in Northeast Florida and the emerging self-reported assessment data showing a high proportion of unmet needs for girls. The impetus for the CCM demonstration program included: the few treatment options available, fragmented community response, and lack of continuity of care for girls transitioning from one part of the juvenile justice system to another. The Girl Matters: Continuity of Care demonstration project was funded by The Women’s Giving Alliance, The Jacksonville System of Care, Baptist Health Foundation, Florida Blue Foundation, and Lutheran Services of Florida (LSF Health Systems). The project continues with funding from Lutheran Services of Florida (LSF Health Systems) and the Department of Juvenile Justice. The goals of the CCM model are to increase access to therapeutic services and provide advocacy within a continuity of care with girls who are on probation, in detention, in residential placement, or transitioning back to the local community.