Implementing School-Based Diversion Programs

Event Date: 
December 11, 2018 - 03:00pm to 04:15pm EST

Students who are suspended or expelled, face school-based arrests, or have been arrested are at greater risk of entering the juvenile justice system. One strategy communities are taking to pursue supportive school discipline is to implement programs that divert youth from the juvenile justice system. The first Supportive School Discipline Community of Practice (SSDCoP) webinar for FY 2018-19 focused on diversion programs.  In particular, it addressed the crucial role of embedding structural supports — such as school-based practices and policies, partnering across systems, culture change and leadership, and training — in the success and sustainability of a diversion program. During this webinar speakers: 

  • Highlighted key objectives of diversion programs;
  • Discussed the best practices for implementing and improving school-based diversion programs;
  • Shared the latest research- and evidence-based diversion frameworks, practices and strategies;
  • Described two local school diversion programs are successfully stemming juvenile justice involvement; and
  • Discussed next steps and our upcoming follow-up web-based discussion on December 18, 2018.


This webinar featured a national expert and practitioners from Philadelphia, PA and Lincoln, NE.

  • Shay Bilcek, Director, Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR)
  • Kevin Bethel, Senior Policy Advisor, Juvenile Justice Reform Lab, Department of Psychology, Drexel University
  • Timene Farlow, Deputy Commissioner, Juvenile Justice Services Division, Philadelphia Department of Human Services
  • Sara Hoyle, Director, Lancaster County Department of Human Services 
  • Jason Stille, Capatain, Lincoln Police Department
  • Russ Uhing, Director, Student Services, Lincoln Public Schools

Archived Materials

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