Increasing and Improving Access to Care

Kids need care to thrive.

Beyond basic necessities like food and water, we know that kids need care to thrive. But, what does that mean?

It means for us to simply remember that kids are kids and that programs, policies, and services need to be developmentally informed. Care also means having access to quality education and health care. Many kids who are involved with the juvenile justice system have been through really hard things in life. Care means that our programs, policies, and services need to be trauma informed. Many kids may need access to mental and behavioral health services. Care means ensuring they have access to the services and support they need to be resilient in the face of challenges. When we as a community can meet those needs, kids are more likely to find a pathway away from or out of the juvenile justice system. Care is in action, interaction, and process.

What can CCR (and you) do?

Create community solutions to protect the development, health, and well-being of kids in our community, especially for those involved with the juvenile justice and dependency systems, who are among our community’s most vulnerable. This means access to education as well as medical, mental, and behavioral health.

What are we doing?

Medical and Behavioral Health Care for Kids involved with the juvenile justice system:  CCR Associate Dr. Mikah Owen, through the Agape Community Health Center and in partnership with the Department of Juvenile Justice, is piloting creation of a centralized medical and behavioral “home” for kids involved with the juvenile justice system.

Rights Respecting Schools:  CCR Associates Garry Ombudsperson and Dr. Mikah Owen, with Board Members Jeff Goldhagen and Jeanne Ward, are working to establish the first Rights Respecting Schools in the United States. The framework for Rights Respecting Schools is dedicating to creating safe and inspiring places to learn where children give and get respect, their talents are nurtured, and they are able to thrive.