Model Programming – Continuity of Care Model

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.

Girls’ Leadership Council

The Girls Leadership Council is a girl-led, girl-focused group that elevates the voices of girls and young women, especially those who have been or are currently involved with the juvenile justice and/or foster care systems. Girls are empowered to develop the program guidelines, the mission and the vision for the council within an organization that celebrates diversity and champions women.  Learn more about the program.

Girl Matters®: It’s Elementary

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 ModelGirl Matters: It’s Elementary InfographicGMIE Evaluation Report and Executive Summary.

For more information, contact Rachel Weinstein, Director of Programs,

To complete the guardian consent form allowing a girl to participate, click here.

Girl Matters®: In the Community

Girl Matters®: In the Community (GMIC) 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 GMIC 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 GMIC 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.

For more information, contact Rachel Weinstein, Director of Programs,

To make a referral click here

Open Doors Outreach Network

Open Doors Outreach Network is a program run in partnership with Voices for Florida. We are the regional provider for Northeast Florida. The Open Doors Outreach Network – A Public-Private Partnership Serving Commercially Sexually Exploited and Trafficked Victims. Referrals to the program are for individuals ages of 10 to 24, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, or disability. The team provides total care management and consists of a team of clinicians, regional advocates, and survivor mentors. Read our Open Doors Regional Fact Sheet, or if you have questions about the program contact Vicky Basra,

The 24 hour access line is 904-412-8923

To make a referral click here




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