Data Trends by Topic
The Policy Center received a two year grant from the Women’s Giving Alliance to convene mental health leaders and providers in our community to begin to address the gaps in mental health services for girls and young women in our community. The goal of the Girl Centered Practice Collaborative is to co-create a continuity of care model to reduce the use of the justice system as a mental health provider and to increase the use of effective community-based solutions for girls and young women. As part of the collaborative, the Policy Center Research Team wrote three briefing reports related to status of girls mental health and the Juvenile Justice System and Education. Child Welfare is forthcoming.
The Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center’s 3-year data analysis reveals a significant reduction in the number of girls incarcerated on the First Coast and reveals issues that warrant attention, such as continued disparities for girls in commitment for non-law violation of probation and high mental health needs. The trends provide context to understand the lived experience of girls and is documented in research launched in 2015 Breaking New Ground on the First Coast: Examining Girls’ Pathways into the Juvenile Justice System research. Click here to see the publication’s Fact Sheet.
This was the first publication by the Policy Center to highlight the trends of girls’ involvement along the juvenile justice continuum in Florida (arrest, diversion, detention, probation, commitment and transfer to adult system). It also identifies the current disparities for girls and young women that warrant immediate attention and immediate action with specific attention to trends in the First Coast. These include the arrest and incarceration of girls for non-felonies at higher rates than boys, commitments for violations of probation, and the needs of girls that require a different approach.