101579: Best Practices to Address Community Gang Problems

OJJDP's Comprehensive Gang Model

About the Course:

The report provides communities responding to a present or potential youth gang problem with guidance in implementing the Comprehensive Gang Model developed by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). It describes the research in forming the model, notes findings from evaluations of several programs demonstrating the model, and outlines best practices derived from practitioners with experience in planning and implementing the model in their communities.


U.S. Department of Justice

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Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

About the Author:

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about best practices to address community gang problems. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Explain the development of the Comprehensive Gang Model, including its research foundation and the Gang Reduction Program.

  2. Describe best practices for planning and implementing the Comprehensive Gang Model, including administration, assessment, maintenance, and selection of program activities.

  3. Discuss the demonstration and testing of the Comprehensive Gang Model.

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