Recent news articles highlighting the work of the EPISCenter in 2013.
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency announces the availability of state Violence Prevention Funds. Programs should be based on research and should be proven effective at reducing the risk factors leading to problem behaviors.
Deadline: Thursday, June 20, 2013
The goal of this funding announcement is to seek input from the field about other prevention/intervention programs that are not typically eligible for funding but for which there is an identified need or desire for at the local level.
Pennsylvania Blueprints programs [Aggression Replacement Training (ART), Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS), Life Skills Training(LST), Olweus Bullying Prevention Program (OBPP), Project Towards No Drug Abuse (PTNDA), Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies (PATHS), Strengthening Families 10-14 (SFP 10-14), and The Incredible Years (IYS). Additionally, Multisystemic Therapy (MST), Functional Family Therapy (FFT), and Multi-Dimensional Treatment Foster Care (MTFC)] are not eligible under this announcement.
The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) is now accepting applications for Violence Prevention Programs Funds to support bridge funding to target existing Functional Family Therapy (FFT), Multisystemic Therapy, and Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care programs. This funding is intended to fill existing gaps in the funding of the service and is dependent upon the provider, county stakeholders, and behavioral health managed care organizations working collaboratively with state partners to establish a plan for sustainable funding and utilization beyond the funding period. Priority consideration will be given to those applicants that clearly outline the funding gap,can report on outcomes for youth, and demonstrate a commitment from a referral source.
Deadline for Application submission: June 14, 2013
Agencies eligible for participation: Providers currently implementing the above programs
Coordinating Council To Address Recommendations of Attorney General's Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence
The Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention met earlier this month to discuss implementing the recommendations from the Report of the Attorney General’s National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence.
IYS Training for Small Group Therapy and Basic Parenting Program
Communities In Schools of Pennsylvania through PCCD evidence-based grant funding will be hosting two training opportunities for The Incredible Years Series in June 2013.
Parents: Talk to Your Teens About Drinking Before They Start College
Parents who discuss drinking with their teens before they start college can influence their children’s drinking behavior once they are at school, a new study suggests.
When It Comes to Curbing Drinking, College Students Do Listen
One of the more effective ways to reduce excessive drinking in college is also the most obvious — talk to freshman before they set foot on campus.
Protective communities may reduce risk of drinking in teens
Living in a caring community may help curb teenage alcohol use, while hanging out with antisocial peers can have the opposite effect, according to Penn State researchers studying substance abuse patterns.
School violence prevention event April 1 examines child safety, research
"Preventing School Violence: From Community Awareness to Evidence-Based Policies and Practices," a free public event, was held from 7:30 to 9 p.m. on Monday, April 1, in the lobby of the Outreach Building in State College.
Watch the video: http://www.episcenter.psu.edu/news/wpsuvideo
School safety forum focuses on positive actions
Brian Bumbarger, the director of Penn State’s Evidence-Based Prevention and Intervention Support Center, said the two most common places for mass violence — or four or more killings — are schools and workplaces. That’s where people are more likely to harbor and later act on a grudge, he said.
Fourth European Network for Social and Emotional Competence (ENSEC)
Social and Emotional Competence in a Changing World
July 3-7 2013 at the University of Zagreb Croatia
The conference builds on three previous successful and vibrant ENSEC Conferences in Malta, Turkey and The United Kingdom. ENSEC is a collaborative network for European researchers and practitioners working in the area of social and emotional competence in children and young people. The network has been in existence now for five years and has a growing and thriving membership right across the world. Register Now.
Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) seeks candidates for the position of Director, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
The closing date for the Vacancy Announcement is March 29, 2013. Applications must be postmarked by the closing date.
New Castle Youth Development Center Closed
On February 15, 2013 the New Castle Youth Development Center, a 100-bed facility for delinquent boys officially closed its doors, saving Pennsylvania taxpayers $73 million. The closure was part of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative, which will reinvest $10 million of the savings into proven prevention and intervention strategies for at-risk youth and juvenile offenders
Youth Confinement at 35-Year Low: Three Reports on Reform
Recent reports show big declines in youth confinement in the US – but Pennsylvania falls behind.
Incredible Years trainings open to PA providers
IYS Basic Parent Program - August 6-8, 2013 - Lancaster County, PA
IYS Small Group Therapy - September 4-6, 2013 - Adams County, PA
Brian Bumbarger, Director of the Evidence-based Prevention and Intervention Support Center at the Pennsylvania State University, talks about youth violence prevention at In the Wake of Newtown: A Youth Violence Prevention Summit
Watch the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Yaw9yY6LWY