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Improving Outcomes for Youth Involved in Multiple Systems of Care: Part I

June 22, 2022

The Stoneleigh Foundation and Georgetown University’s Center for Juvenile Justice Reform hosted a virtual convening featuring a presentation on the latest research on youth involved in multiple systems of care, an update on a groundbreaking Pennsylvania pilot project and its anticipated outcomes, and a panel discussion with cross-system leaders from Delaware and Erie counties.

Systems of care have historically struggled to work in a collaborative and effective manner to meet the complex needs of youth who are involved in multiple public systems, such as child welfare, youth justice, behavioral health, and education. In Pennsylvania, an innovative new program seeks to strengthen these efforts.

The Multi-Systems Integration Program, currently being piloted in Delaware and Erie counties, draws upon the lessons and best practices of two national-model initiatives: the Pennsylvania Care Partnership, a service delivery approach that builds partnerships to create a broad, integrated process for meeting families’ needs, and the Crossover Youth Practice Model, an organizational approach designed to support youth who are fluctuating between the child welfare and youth justice systems.


John A. DiMattio
Director, Department of Human Services
Erie County

Janet M. Dreitlein
Mental Health & Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Administrator, Department of Human Services
Delaware County

Melanie Govan
Staff Development Supervisor, Juvenile Probation
Delaware County

Lana Rees
Director, Office of Children and Youth
Erie County

Shay Bilchik, JD (moderator)
Stoneleigh Fellow, Research Professor, and Founder and Director Emeritus at the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform
Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy