Monthly Archives: January 2011
|January 28, 2011||Posted by M. P. under Children and Family, Juvenile Delinquency, Policy, Research||
In late 2010, the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI), an initiative of the Annie E. Casey Foundation dedicated to juvenile justice reform, released its inaugural results report that included data from all of their grantee locations nationwide.
The report, Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative Results Report, 2009, quantifies the impact of the reforms at participating sites including policy and operational changes, use of juvenile detention and public safety. Overall, sites reported a decrease in admission and daily population and 75 percent of the sites claimed a reduction in the average length of stay compared to baseline data from a previous year. The report is available at the Annie E. Casey website.
The use of secure juvenile detention has a high price tag – both fiscally and in the development and safety of the youth the system purports to rehabilitate and protect. Alternatives that balance accountability, cost and public safety, such as those supported by the JDAI, warrant exploration by juvenile justice administrators and other key policymakers.
|January 27, 2011||Posted by M. P. under Budget, News, Philanthropy||
The United States Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) has renewed a multimillion dollar Continuum of Care grant award to the Allegheny County Department of Human Services (DHS). The grant enables DHS to continue current initiatives and programs targeting homelessness in the county. The $4.7 million grant renewal will fund the system of care the county has put in place to serve chronically homeless persons and families through services offered in partnership with Pittsburgh-area nonprofit agencies and community groups.
|January 25, 2011||Posted by M. P. under Children and Family, Health, News||
Analysis from The Keystone Research Center paints a troubling picture of the extent of the recession’s impact on Pennsylvania families, with median family income down by nearly 1.5 percent between 2007 and 2009 and poverty rates on the rise. According to Census data, Pittsburgh’s poverty rate rose to 12.3 percent (up from 11.2 percent) between 2007 and 2009 while the rate for Allegheny County increased to 13.3 percent (from 11.7 percent). Centre, Dauphin and Lackawanna Counties also saw an increase in poverty rates.
Philadelphia County reported the highest rate of uninsured persons (over 14.5 percent). However, The Keystone Research Center’s analysis indicates that approximately twice the number of uninsured children reside in rural areas of Pennsylvania versus urban centers.
Read more about Pennsylvania poverty and uninsured rates at The Keystone Research Center website.