Research has long documented that youth who have been a victim of child abuse and neglect are more likely to engage in delinquent behavior. The Crossover Youth Practice Model (CYPM) was developed in 2007 by the Casey Family Programs and the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University’s Public Policy Institute to address issues presented by youth who are simultaneously known to both the child welfare and the juvenile justice systems. In 2012, Juvenile Court Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio and Children Services Executive Director John Saros implemented this model in Summit County to better serve the number of youth who crossover between the two systems. All Court hearings involving crossover youth and their family members will be conducted in front of Judge Teodosio or one of ten Magistrates. The approach allows judicial officers to become thoroughly familiar with the needs of the youth and their families. Families benefit by having greater familiarity with the judicial decision maker as well as, from not having to repeatedly share their stories with a series of changing judicial officers.
The goals of the Crossover Youth Practice Model are to reduce disproportionate minority contact, out-of-home placement, recidivism in both systems and increased collaboration in case planning & processing, communication among agencies, family and youth engagement, coordination, cooperation and integration of services.