The importance of the partnerships became evident when OYA sought state funding for full development and implementation of JJIS. The 1997 Legislature approved the project but made funding contingent upon OYA's ability to secure intergovernmental agreement with counties that had formally established their participation in JJIS.
Oregon's collective ability to remove seemingly immovable blockades is evidenced by the status of JJIS today.
While numerous problems, including the challenge of long-term maintenance of JJIS, loom ahead, there is general agreement that Oregon is on the downside of the "pain curve" that comes with the change inherent in implementing a statewide juvenile justice information system.
JJIS' primary partners are OYA and county juvenile departments, while other state and local agencies, such as law enforcement, courts, schools and social service agencies, are secondary partners.
The vision of JJIS is to promote public safety, youth and juvenile justice accountability, and to offer opportunities for youth rehabilitation through the development of a statewide information system that provides a single comprehensive view of information about youths in the juvenile justice system across state, county and local agencies.
JJIS helps its users by providing automated document preparation, electronic communication and information-sharing, electronic search capabilities to help identify youths, and electronic reminders for events and actions to be taken.
Institution staff can obtain background information on new youths and plan for after-care resources through JJIS.
Clearly, JJIS provides a number of benefits, including:
With JJIS development and implementation well under way, the steering committee is grappling with new problems that are products of JJIS: