Upcoming Event: Policy & Practice lecture discusses dual status youth on January 28

On January 28, the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS) welcomes John Tuell, Executive Director of the Robert F. Kennedy (RFK) National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice, for his lecture “Dual Status Youth and their Families: Altering the Human and Fiscal Toll” as part of its Policy & Practice lecture series. Dual status youth, or youth who have contact with both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, can present a variety of challenges, and the RFK National Resource Center provides guidance for state and local jurisdictions in improving outcomes for dual status youth. 

Mr. Tuell brings substantial experience on matters relating to juvenile justice. Prior to his current post, Mr. Tuell served as Co-Director of the MacArthur Foundation’s Models for Change: Systems Reform in Juvenile Justice initiative, and presently serves as instructor to the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform’s Multi-System and Information Sharing Certificate Programs at the Georgetown University’s Public Policy Institute. Mr. Tuell consults on such topics as juvenile justice and child welfare system coordination and integration, information sharing across multiple youth systems and conduct of probation and court system reviews. He has also authored and contributed to a wide range of publications on dual status youth and issues related to juvenile justice in general. 

The free public lecture will be from noon to 1pm at the Oklahoma History Center’s Chesapeake Room (800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr., Oklahoma City, OK 73105). For more information, contact the OKDHS Office of Planning, Research and Statistics at 405-521-3552. View the complete lecture series lineup here


Carly Putnam joined OK Policy in 2013. As Policy Director, she supervises policy research and strategy. She previously worked as an OK Policy intern, and she was OK Policy's health care policy analyst through July 2020. She graduated from the University of Tulsa in 2013. As a student, she was a participant in the National Education for Women (N.E.W.) Leadership Institute and interned with Planned Parenthood. Carly is a graduate of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits Nonprofit Management Certification; the Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council’s Partners in Policymaking; The Mine, a social entrepreneurship fellowship in Tulsa; and Leadership Tulsa Class 62. She currently serves on the boards of Restore Hope Ministries and The Arc of Oklahoma. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and doing battle with her hundred year-old house.

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