In 2015, the Human Services Department conducted a youth violence needs assessment. One of the key findings of that assessment was that while crime data shows that the majority of youth violent crime involves young adult males 18- 24 years old, these individuals are not currently being served by the City’s existing youth violence prevention services.
To address this gap, the City of Seattle is partnering with the Center for Children & Youth Justice to implement OJJDP’s Comprehensive Gang Model (CGM) in Seattle. Branded as Seattle LINC, the goal of this multidisciplinary team is to coordinate service provision to high risk and gang involved young adults beginning in January 2017. The CGM includes five strategies to address youth violence: 1) Community Mobilization, 2) Opportunities Provision, 3) Social Intervention, 4) Suppression, and 5) Organizational Change and Development.
One of the key strategies in the model is Opportunities Provision through the use of multidisciplinary intervention teams. These teams are comprised of justice and service agencies to provide wraparound supports for 18 to 24 year old youth identified as most at risk of violence. Wraparound support is delivered in the form of coordinated services and team based case management to youth, as well as additional prevention and intervention activities needed to meet short and long term goals. The goal of intervention teams is to provide the alternative opportunities that youth need to achieve positive outcomes.
Sponsors: HSD and SPD
Owners: HSD and SPD
For more information:
Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Needs Assessment