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Clark County Models for Change

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Center for Children and Youth Justice

In June 2007, Clark County was among 6 counties in Washington State to receive a Juvenile Reform Grant from The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in recognition of our innovative work in juvenile justice reform.  The Clark County Truancy Project (CCTP) was identified in the Washington State MfC Work Plan as “providing solid, if not model, footing for MfC reforms”.


Clark County Juvenile Court received a Models for Change grant from The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to enhance the Clark County Truancy Project and promote Multi-system Coordination and Collaboration (MSCC). Our goals are to enhance the performance of the Clark County Truancy Project, improve outcomes for youth being served, and position the program for replication in other communities. We are also working towards creating a shared sense of responsibility, alignment, commitment and engagement to multi-system collaboration and coordination among Clark County service providers and system professionals as we develop effective strategies for addressing chronically truant youth. 

For more information about our initiatives, please contact our Models for Change Coordinator, Jodi Martin at (360)397-2201 ext. 4528.
To learn more about the MacArthur Foundation’s Models for Change Initiative, please visit
Read about the Models for Change work at WSU: WSU Today
Our Projects and Activities             
  • The Executive Steering Committee meets monthly to provide oversight and support of efforts to achieve the primary goal of the Clark County Models for change initiative. Three workgroups meet regularly (Resource Inventory, Data Collection, and Information Sharing) to focus on specific activities within the grant.

  • The Massachusetts Youth Screening Inventory (MAYSI-2) was selected by CCTP for its value in identifying mental health and substance abuse problems which may be interfering with school performance. The CCTP’s use of this screening tool is a potential “model” given that the MAYSI-2 is only being used outside of juvenile justice facilities in a few states.

  • CCMfC contracted with WSU-V to conduct a study to compare and contrast items from the Washington State Juvenile Assessment System with the Center for Disease Control study on Adverse Childhood Experiences, examining their interrelationships and connection to attitudes and behaviors that may impact school attendance.

  • During the 2009-2010 school year, Clark County Models for Change provided community wide education and trainings on Adverse Childhood Experiences, complex trauma and its impact to the community.

  • The Resource Inventory Workgroup, with assistance from CWLA, mapped the Clark County truancy process. This activity provided a picture of strengths and challenges in the process and identified areas for improvements and adjustments.

  • A Truancy Workshop has been developed and implemented for all youth and their families to attend who have received a truancy petition for unexcused absences.  The workshop provides students and their families with information about education and truancy laws, community resources and services, and an opportunity to develop a plan to address barriers to attending school.

  • The Clark County Truancy Project offered a nationally-recognized parent training program to parents of at-risk youth, including families currently receiving services through CCTP. The Parent Project has a proven track record of reducing juvenile crime by one third and significantly increasing school attendance and performance.

Our Partners
Clark County Models for Change is extremely grateful to all of the support from key partners and stakeholders:
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Clark County Juvenile Court Administrator: Pat Escamilla
Street Address: 500 West 11th Street, Vancouver, WA 98660
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000
Main phone: (360) 397-2201 | FAX: (360) 397-6109
Telecommunications Relay Service: (800) 833-6388, then call (360) 397-2445

Responsible Elected Official: Presiding Judge Barbara D. Johnson

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