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DJJ Should Monitor Network and PACE Administrative Services and Revise Policies to Serve Appropriate Youth, Report No. 09-01, January 2009
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  • The Florida Network of Youth and Family Services (the Network) and PACE Centers for Girls are the two largest prevention contracts funded by the Department of Juvenile Justice. The Network is managed by an administrative service organization that subcontracts with 31 providers. This structure provides consistency, accountability, flexibility, and expertise for the programs and recognizes that the department does not currently have the resources or expertise needed to effectively manage the individual provider contracts. However, the department has not effectively monitored the Network. The department should revise its performance measures for the Network and PACE to better assess their services.
  • Both the Network and PACE use screening and assessment tools that effectively target their respective populations. However, the department requires these providers to use other criteria that may prevent them from serving youth who are most likely to benefit from services. While national evidence- based models for the types of programs provided by the Network and PACE have not been developed, both entities use some evidence-based practices.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Prevention and Victim Services

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 08-07 DJJ Should Better Identify At-Risk Youth, Use Proven Prevention Models, and Revise Funding Practices,published in February 2008
  • Report No. 04-47 Progress Report: DJJ Prevention Makes Progress; More Analysis and Contract Monitoring Needed,published in July 2004
  • Report No. 02-62 Prevention and Victim Services Program Department of Juvenile Justice,published in November 2002
  • Report No. 98-63 Follow-Up Report on Prevention Programs Administered by the Department of Juvenile Justice,published in February 1999
  • Report No. 96-35 Policy Review of Prevention Programs of the Department of Juvenile Justice,published in January 1997

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