Overview of a Multidisciplinary Intervention: The Big Picture

Hope Melton, Ramsey Co. All Children Excel (ACE) Prg.

ACE (All Children Excel) is a multidisciplinary program that uses research-based strategies and the integration of services across jurisdictions to prevent serious and violent delinquency, drug abuse, and school failure among child delinquents under age 10. Without special intervention, up to 62% of these children will become chronic, serious and violent offenders. Currently, ACE is one of only a handful of programs in the world that intervenes with these especially high risk children to prevent negative outcomes and promote healthy development. This presentation will provide an overview of the program's structure. This includes oversight by the county Board of Commissioners; guidance by a Leadership Team composed of the Directors of four county departments; Screening and Integrated Service Teams composed of representatives from seven divisions within those four departments; and contracts with community agencies to provide case management services to the children and their families. The program also fosters collaborations between police, schools, and other service providers in the community and at the county level with the aim of promoting resiliency among these high risk children and their families.

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Updated 05/20/2006