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Tue., Jan. 28, 2014, Noon to 1 p.m.

Dual Status Youth and their Families: Altering the Human and Fiscal Toll
Oklahoma History Center, Chesapeake Room
800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr., Oklahoma City, OK 73105

John TuellDirector
Robert F Kennedy National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice

The Robert F. Kennedy National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice released 2 seminal publications in December 2013 on the topic of dual status youth.  The publications include the Guidebook for Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare System Coordination and Integration: Framework for Improved Outcomes, and Dual Status Youth – Technical Assistance Workbook. These publications provide practical guidance for state and local jurisdictions in their endeavor to improve the outcomes for dual status youth and families and to enhance system performance among the critical youth and family serving agency partners.  They are the product of 12+ years of experience partnering with leaders and practitioners in jurisdictions across the country.  The lecture will highlight the elements of the aforementioned framework and discuss both the challenges and successes to implementing positive reform on behalf of dual status youth.   The session will also provide an interactive opportunity to look at the definitions, prevalence, characteristics, and research regarding dual status youth, and to explore strategic opportunities for the state of Oklahoma to address this challenging population. 

About the Speaker:
Mr. Tuell currently serves as the Executive Director for the Robert F. Kennedy National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice at the Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps.  Prior to this appointment, Mr. Tuell served as the Co-Director of the MacArthur Foundation’s Models for Change: Systems Reform in Juvenile Justice initiative at the Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps.  Since 2009, Mr. Tuell has also served as the President of Tuell & Associates Consultation, LLC which provides expert consultation and technical assistance in juvenile justice, child welfare and multi-system reform and quality improvement.  Since 2008 Mr. Tuell has also served as an instructor to the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform’s Multi-System and Information Sharing Certificate Programs at the Georgetown University’s Public Policy Institute and in 2010 began serving as a consultant to the Crossover Youth Practice Model. 

Mr. Tuell’s current consultation focuses on such areas of reform as juvenile justice and child welfare system coordination and integration, information sharing across multiple youth systems, conduct of probation and court system reviews, performance-based contracting and performance measurement, and strategic planning.

Mr. Tuell has been an author and/or contributing author to numerous publications and issue briefs that support the work of the Dual Status Youth Initiative and Probation System Review, and related issues impacting the juvenile justice system.  These have included: Guidebook for Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare System Coordination and Integration: Framework for Improved Outcomes; Addressing the Needs of Multi-System Youth: Strengthening the Connection between Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice; Models for Change Information Sharing Tool Kit; Promoting a Coordinated and Integrated Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice System; and the Probation Review Guidebook; among others.

Mr. Tuell earned his Bachelor of Social Work degree from James Madison University and his Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from George Washington University.  He is the proud father of two sons, Austin (age 23) and Zachary (age 18).

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Last Updated:  4/2/2014
 
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