Sierra Health Puts Additional $1.6 million into “Crossover Youth” Initiative

The California-based Center for Health Program Management, a program of the Sierra Health Foundation, announced $1.6 million in additional grants for its Positive Youth Justice Initiative.

The new grants bring total investment in the initiative to $4.5 million.

The center is working with six California counties – Alameda, San Diego, Solano, and San Joaquin, Yolo and Sacramento – to test reform strategies aimed at improving services for youths who are involved in both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.

“The Positive Youth Justice Initiative was developed to ensure children in the juvenile justice system receive the support, guidance and structure they need to move beyond the trauma and neglect most experience prior to being engaged by the justice system,” said Sierra Health Foundation CEO Chet Hewitt, in a statement announcing the new grants.

The $1.6 million will be broken out into four two-year grants of $400,000, and are meant to assist with alignment of juvenile justice reform around four main tenets: Investment in asset development, treating trauma, policy change, and wraparound services.

The specific grantees are:

  • Alameda County Probation Department
  • San Diego County Probation Department
  • San Joaquin County Probation
  • Vallejo City Unified School District

The Positive Youth Justice Initiative is also financed in party by The California Endowment and The California Wellness Foundation.

John Kelly is the editor-in-chief of The Imprint

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