DYS receives national recognition for reducing seclusion

The Division of Youth Services (DYS) has reduced solitary confinement, or seclusion, by nearly 70 percent since October 2016 by remodeling physical spaces and developing resources for additional staff. Their efforts have earned national attention in a new report, Not in Isolation from Stop Solitary for Kids, a nationwide campaign to safely end solitary confinement in juvenile facilities.


Youth at Zebulon Pike Practice Safety Response, Help Civilians “Survive” a Volcano

Operation Montserrat is an interactive education program that simulates the safety response to the multiple natural disasters that almost destroyed the island of Montserrat in 1995. Youth are divided into five safety teams: Volcano Team, Hurricane Team, Evacuation Team, Satellite Team, and Communications Team. Through an interactive, all school day event, teams are given "real time" information and must work together to calculate, draw, produce, and send communications to the Communications Team, who is the only team that has direct communication with "Challenger," the NASA command center. Youth that exhibited exemplary leadership were rewarded with a pizza party and movie the following Friday.

Free Training: Integrating Health Services into Domestic Violence Agencies

Advocates are in a unique position to discuss with their clients short- and long-term health needs related to domestic violence (DV) and human trafficking (HT) and promote a culture of wellness and healing. This summer, there are three free training opportunities that can help domestic violence advocates learn more about this as part of a national initiative to improve health and safety outcomes for survivors.

Accessible, Culturally Responsive, and Trauma-Informed Training - Action Required by September 30, 2019

COLGBTQ Flag.pngAs a reminder, all funded organizations must have at least one staff person complete at least one training per contract year related to accessible, culturally responsive, and trauma-informed (ACRTI) practices. Each organization will need to report the name of the ACRTI-related training in the FVPSA Year-End Narrative that was completed by September 30, 2019. If you are still looking to complete an ACRTI training, here are some online resources that could be useful. These include state and national technical assistance resources.