For the past several years, Vera's Center on Youth Justice has worked to provide policymakers and practitioners with tools and information to create effective, community-based responses for keeping young people who engage in noncriminal behavior out of the juvenile justice system. Learning more about justice system entry points by way of status offenses and other behaviors is critical. A police encounter is not the only way youth get involved with the justice system; in many cases, families dealing with troubling behavior unwittingly send their children into the system by calling the police in a crisis when they feel they have nowhere to turn for help. Additionally, police officers—required to respond and wanting to help—are reluctant to leave a youth or their family in a crisis situation but are limited by the lack of options available to them. Through services centered on collaboration among stakeholders that appropriately and effectively address youth behavior without funneling them into the justice system, families, communities, and law enforcement are empowered and prepared to connect youth with the resources that will best meet their needs.