Models for Change

Logo that reads, "Models for Change, Systems Reform in Juvenile Justice."
About the Program
Models for Change offers Spokane a unique opportunity to address the needs of drop-out, truant, and at-risk youth, and better realize its vision for a juvenile justice system that offers all youth and their families' experiences to improve outcomes and reduce likelihood of continued or deeper involvement in the juvenile justice system.

Models for Change is a five-year, $10 million investment in changes to Washington's juvenile justice system by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation working to make the juvenile justice system more fair and effective, creating more productive lives and safer communities. In 2009, 13 Models for Change state and local partners advanced reforms in mental health, disproportionate minority contact, and alternatives to court action.

Models for Change in Spokane County
Current Models for Change Projects in Spokane are aimed at developing best practices procedures for truancy processes, improving school engagement and reducing drop out rates, and increasing access to services identified as best practices for truant student’s needs.

Multi-systems collaboration and coordination of projects include work with:
  • All 14 Spokane County School Districts
  • Diverse community groups, court staff
  • Mayor's Drop-out Prevention committees
  • Replication development sites in East Valley and Mead School Districts
  • Washington State University (WSU)
  • West Valley School Districts' Community Truancy Board (WVSD CTB)
  • WVSD Child Study Team

We are also partnered with State and National entities such as:
  • Administrative Office of the Courts/Washington State Center for Court Research (WSCCR)
  • BECCA Taskforce
  • Center for Children and Youth Justice (CCYJ)
  • OSPI
  • RFD Children's Action Corps
  • Vera
  • Washington State Partnership Council for Juvenile Justice (formerly known as GJJAC)

Spokane County Models for Change Truancy projects support Washington state goals by offering earlier, more informal processes for re-engaging truant youth as well as offering a variety of alternatives to detention for the highest needs and risk youth found in contempt.