Juvenile Justice and Cross-System Initiatives

The Juvenile Justice and Cross-Systems Initiative team supports best and evidence-based practices to increase access, engagement, and effective treatment for children, youth, young adults and families involved in multiple youth-serving systems. This team works from a System of Care philosophy with multiple systems including juvenile justice, child welfare, behavioral health, recovery, managed care, education and community-based programs in partnership with family and youth led organizations.

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NC Juvenile Behavioral Health Partnerships (JJBH Partnerships, also known as Juvenile Justice Substance Abuse Mental Health Partnerships)

NC JJBH Partnerships is a statewide initiative to address the mental health and substance use needs of young persons and families in contact with the juvenile justice system. UNCG works with 21 local teams across North Carolina who work to increase access to effective, family-centered services and supports for juvenile justice-involved youth with substance use and/or mental health challenges. This System of Care based initiative involves the Local Management Entity/Managed Care Organization (LME/MCO), the local Department of Public Safety, and Service Providers. To learn more about JJBH, please visit http://www.ncjjbh.org.

Christine Murray, UNCG Principal Investigator
Dannette McCain, Program Manager
Danielle Dancy, Program Specialist
Carla Carpenter, Program Specialist
Kenneth Gruber, Evaluator

Healthy Transitions Project

North Carolina Healthy Transitions is a Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) funded project awarded to the North Carolina Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services. The goal of the project is to improve outcomes of youth and young adults ages 16-25 who are experiencing serious mental health challenges. The state is partnering with two local communities and mental health providers in Henderson and Buncombe counties to implement a coordinated system of outreach, assessment, and care coordination integrating peer support to improve access to treatment and support services. Lessons learned in these communities will help support efforts to sustain services and supports for this unique population across North Carolina. UNCG provides project management and evaluation support.

Christine Murray, UNCG Principal Investigator
Kate Perrotta, Program Director
Tiffany Smith, Lead Evaluator
Jeremy Acree, Graduate Assistant

Tiered Care Coordination Pilot project

This tiered care coordination model connects Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice youth and their families to behavioral health services to support reunification efforts and prevention to moving deeper into the corrections system. This pilot was funded through the Governor’s Task Force and works in partnership with the Division of Mental Health.

NC High Fidelity Wraparound Training Program

The NC High Fidelity Wraparound Training Program (NC HFWTP) supports statewide expansion of high fidelity wraparound and the growth of HFW teams across the state. The program assures a high-quality training, credentialing and monitoring system is in place and that fidelity to the model is consistently implemented at the local level. The NC HFWTP Model is grounded in the national standards and requirements set forth by the National Wraparound Institute (NWI).

To learn more about the NC High Fidelity Wraparound Training Program, please visit: nchfwtp.uncg.edu


Christine Murray, UNCG Principal Investigator
Tara Ward, Program Manager
Jessica Attucks, Implementation Specialist
Keyona Barrett, Implementation Specialist
Paul Bright, Implementation Specialist
Bibba Dobyns, Implementation Specialist
Rachel Landau, Implementation Specialist
Deborah Moore, Implementation Specialist
Sonya Jenkins Taylor, Implementation Specialist
Erica Velez, Implementation Specialist
Stephen Sills, Evaluator
Jeremy Bray, Health Economist
Will Queen, Evaluator