Your Involvement is Important!

What is the Juvenile Justice & Mental Health Collaboration Summit and what is the objective?

A one-day retreat dedicated to planning inter-agency collaboration to accomplish the following objective:

Reduce the stream of juveniles into the justice system by improving professional networks and communications within and between schools, community based organizations and others; building solid referral and mental health service providing systems; and increasing the number of students who get early intervention services so problems do not escalate into more serious disciplinary infractions and referrals to law enforcement

Why am I being invited?

  • You and your agency work on behalf of young children in Albuquerque and is integral to the mission of helping juveniles lead healthy, productive lives.
  • You have unique insights into how the activities of many agencies could work together to improve the lives of juveniles in our community.
  • You and your agency have a role to play in creating change.
  • To see a list of who has been invited and has accepted the invitation to date CLICK HERE.

Who should attend from my agency/program?

  • At least one administrator/policy-maker and at least one on-the-ground provider/staff member.

What's in it for me and my organization?

  • The opportunity to contribute to trail-blazing work.
  • The chance to contribute your creative ideas to an effective strategic plan.
  • The opportunity to focus your attention on addressing a community concern.
  • A set of guidelines for how you can work with other agencies to accomplish the goal of reducing the number of juveniles who enter the justice system.

Why is it important for me to attend?

  • We can only create a concrete plan when all relevant agencies are represented.
  • This is a tough problem and it requires a diverse group to solve it.
  • Groups of people are more creative than individuals.
  • You and/or your agency will be a key player in integrating early childhood services; therefore, we need you to be part of the design and evaluation process.

How will my time be used?

A variety of people from many agencies have been talking and considering ways to reduce the number of juveniles entering the justice system, and while we have some ideas, we don’t have an overall plan or a way to assess our progress. Consultants from a previous Safe Schools Healthy Students site will be coming to discuss and assist us in developing a plan for using inter-agency collaboration.

  • The morning session will be dedicated to identifying clear objectives for new ways agencies in Albuquerque can coordinate their efforts and create better results.
  • The afternoon session will be dedicated to assessment:
    • What are our current strengths in inter-agency collaboration?
    • What are our current weaknesses?
    • How will we measure success?

Who will drive the process?

Jeni Cross, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at ColoradoState University. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University and received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Davis. Her areas of expertise include community development, community attachment, inter-agency collaboration, professional social networks, social norms, and research methods. She teaches courses on community, research methods, and social psychology.

She has received grants from the U.S. Department of Education (Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools) and the U.S. Department of Justice (Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention). Dr. Cross he has worked with public schools and community agencies on a variety of community-based participatory research projects centered on health promotion and community development. She has provided evaluation and research technical assistance to grantees in the Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative funded by the United States Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, and Justice. Her current research focuses on social norms and energy conservation and inter-organizational social networks.


At the end of the day, what will be accomplished?

  • Identify ways to REDUCE the number of meetings, while IMPROVING collaboration between agencies.
  • Identify specific strategies for inter-agency collaboration.
  • We will have gathered the baseline data on the relationships between individual agencies (more specific data than the assessment previously conducted which gave a global picture).


What do I do now?

Let us know who from your organization is attending by clicking the button below and registering online:




Regarding content:

Debra Heath, MPH

(505) 872-6803

May Sagbakken

(505) 855-9798

Brooke Tafoya

505) 855-9812


Regarding logistics (registration/location)

Kelly Willems

(505) 266-3451