About Us

About the OJJDP State Training and Technical Assistance Center 

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention State Training & Technical Assistance Center (STTAC) receives and responds to requests for training and technical assistance from states, territories, tribes, and local communities that receive funding from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention either through the Title II Formula Grants program or through the Juvenile Accountability Block Grant Program. This TTA support is funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

 The training and technical assistance we provide is grounded in the strongest research and evidence-based models, using the Getting to Outcomes (GTO) data-driven framework to:

  • Improve and sustain programs and practices
  • Support innovation and peer-to-peer learning
  • Improve youth outcomes
  • Keep communities safe

Program, Practice, and Research Support Areas

JJDPA Core Requirement Support

  • Deinstitutionalization of Status Offenders (DSO)
  • Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC)
  • Jail Removal
  • Separation of Juveniles from Adult Inmates

Other Program, Practice, and Research Support Areas

  • Implementation of evidence-based diversion and prevention programs
  • Strategic planning to align funding with state plans
  • Sustainability tools to improve collaboration, social marketing, and non-traditional funding sources
  • Probation case-management tools and analysis
  • Cost-benefit development support for program and practices
  • Court improvement and case-processing support
  • Graduated sanctions planning and implementation
  • Teen courts evaluation and implementation
  • Mentoring program implementation and evaluation

 

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OJJDP STTAC Leadership Team

The OJJDP STTAC is operated by the American Institutes for Research in partnership with the Coalition for Juvenile Justice and the National Center for Juvenile Justice. Highly experienced staff from each organization, along with a pool of professional consultants with extensive experience in juvenile justice practice, programs, and research, provide TTA services.

American Institutes for Research

The American Institutes for Research (AIR) is one of the largest behavioral and social science research organizations in the world.  AIR’s mission is to conduct and apply the best behavioral and social science research and evaluation towards improving people’s lives, with a special emphasis on the disadvantaged. OJJDP STTAC is part of AIR’s Human and Social Development (HSD) Program, which promotes well-being and improved outcomes for children, youth, families, and communities by building individual, workforce, and organizational capacity.

Coalition for Juvenile Justice

The Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ) is a nationwide coalition of state advisory groups (SAGs) and allies dedicated to preventing children and youth from becoming involved in the courts and to upholding the highest standards of care when youth are charged with wrongdoing and enter the justice system. CJJ envisions a nation where fewer children are at risk of delinquency and where those who are at risk or involved with the justice system receive—together with their families—every possible opportunity to live safe, healthy, and fulfilling lives.

National Center for Juvenile Justice

The National Center for Juvenile Justice (NCJJ) is the research division of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ); it provides a resource for independent and original research on topics related directly and indirectly to the field of juvenile justice. With substantial support from public and private sources over the years, NCJJ has developed resources and capacities which render it unique in the world of juvenile justice research. NCJJ’s mission is effective justice for children and families through research and technical assistance.