Youthful Offender Diversion Project: YODA
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case management, community-based treatment, diversion programs, family violence, juvenile justice, solution-focused brief therapy
A university-court collaboration developed a youth offender diversion project (YODA) in response to an ongoing trend of youth arrests for violence toward non-intimate-partner family members (e.g., mothers or sisters) in Tarrant County, Texas. The YODA program is a three-phase approach using assessment, case management, and individual and family solution-focused brief therapy. This article reports on the benefits and process of the collaboration, as well as objectives for further study. Preliminary program evaluation results are promising.
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