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File Number: 050952
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File Number: 050952 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-517-05 Control: County Commission
File Name: JUVENILE SERVICES DEPARTMENT Introduced: 4/5/2005
Requester: Juvenile Services Department Cost: Final Action: 5/3/2005
Agenda Date: 5/3/2005 Agenda Item Number: 9K1A
Notes: PROCESS BY EG Title: RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CREATION OF THE JUVENILE SERVICES DEPARTMENT BY TRANSFERRING THE DIVISION OF PREVENTION SERVICES (DPS) AND THE JUVENILE TREATMENT FOR SAFER COMMUNITIES (TASC) DIVISION FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES TO THE JUVENILE ASSESSMENT CENTER (JAC)
Indexes: JUVENILE JUSTICE ASSESSMENT CENTER
Sponsors: Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Prime Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 5/3/2005 9K1A Adopted P
REPORT: Following a discussion on the deferral of the foregoing proposed resolution, Commissioner Jordan withdrew her motion to defer. Pursuant to Commissioner Rolle’s request, Ms. Wansley Walters, Director of the Juvenile Assessment Center (JAC), stated for the record, that the transferring of the Division of Prevention Services and The Juvenile Treatment for Safer Communities into the newly created Juvenile Services Department would not cause any lay-off of employees. Commissioner Rolle asked that the feasibility of creating a children’s services department be reviewed to provide coordination and delivery of children services in the areas of Head Start, subsidized child care, uninsured healthcare services, and children at risk. Commissioner Jordan commented on the research and the report she had prepared on children’s services for the County Manager while employed by the County Manager’s Office. Commissioner Rolle asked that the research data and report prepared by Commissioner Jordan during her tenure in the County Manager’s Office be utilized. Commissioner Seijas commented on her work with the Children’s School Readiness Coalition and volunteered to assist in the research. She stated that the issue of children services should be addressed prior to the budget hearings. Discussion ensued in connection with the appointment of department directors, in particular a director for a public safety department. Chairman Martinez asked that the County Attorney’s Office review the section of the Charter relating to the appointment of department directors to determine if the appointment of the department director for the Juvenile Services Center required the County Commission’s confirmation. Commissioner Sorenson asked that she be apprised of the findings of the group appointed to review the issue of pre-arrest diversion for children. Commissioner Jordan recommended that the recommendations submitted by the committee to the County Manager, which had objectively reviewed the programs provided by JAC and the Department of Human Services, be adopted and that the director be recruited from a selective competitive process. In response to a commentary made by Commissioner Diaz regarding the arrest of an 11 year old male residing in District 12, Ms. Walters advised that JAC would provide assistance to the family.

Community Outreach, Safety & Healthcare Admin Cmte 4/13/2005 3C Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: Ms. Marie Osborne, Chief of the Juvenile Division, Public Defender's Office, did not step up to the podium to express her opposition to the foregoing resolution when called by Chairwoman Sosa.

County Attorney 4/5/2005 Assigned Glenn A. Saks 4/5/2005

County Manager 4/5/2005 Referred Community Outreach, Safety & Healthcare Admin Cmte 4/13/2005

County Manager 4/5/2005 Assigned County Attorney 5/3/2005
REPORT: JAC(COSHAC-4/13/2005-LETTER TO CONGRESSMAN LINCOLN DIAZ-BALART-JAC REVIEW RECOMMENDATIONS)

County Manager 4/5/2005 Assigned Sue Torriente 4/4/2005

Legislative Text


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RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE CREATION OF THE JUVENILE SERVICES DEPARTMENT BY TRANSFERRING THE DIVISION OF PREVENTION SERVICES (DPS) AND THE JUVENILE TREATMENT FOR SAFER COMMUNITIES (TASC) DIVISION FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES TO THE JUVENILE ASSESSMENT CENTER (JAC)

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WHEREAS, this Board desires to accomplish the purposes outlined in the accompanying memorandum and attachments, copies of which are incorporated herein by reference,


NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board hereby authorizes and approves the recommendation of the County Manager on behalf of Miami-Dade County.


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To: Honorable Chairman Joe A. Martinez Date: and Members, Board of County Commissioners


From: George M. Burgess Subject: Juvenile Services Department County Manager



STAFF RECOMMENDATION

It is recommended that the Board adopt the attached resolution approving the County Managerís recommendation to create the Juvenile Services Department by transferring employees of the Division of Prevention Services (DPS) and the Juvenile Treatment for Safer Communities (TASC) Division from the Department of Human Services (DHS) to the Juvenile Assessment Center (JAC). The creation of the Juvenile Services Department will combine staff that works with arrested juveniles and allow the County to significantly improve services and realize budgetary savings. Through consolidation, the County creates a department that has a specific mission to serve arrested juveniles and juveniles at risk of being arrested.



MANAGER'S BACKGROUND

Since 2003 staff and juvenile justice stakeholders have been reviewing of the juvenile justice services provided by the County for the purposes of consolidating and improving services. A review committee was formed to conduct a through analysis of county services relating to juvenile intake, assessment, treatment, case management and follow-up, and information and data management. The committee issued the attached report and the FY 04-05 budget recommended the creation of a new juvenile services department. Although, the FY 2004-05 Resource Allocation Plan included the recommendation to combine the juvenile intake and assessment programs in the JAC and DHS, an alternate recommendation was adopted by the Board to allow the reorganization to be considered by the then Public Safety and Human Services Committees, outside of the budget process.



Currently, the JAC processes all arrested juveniles and both the JAC and DHS provide assessment and diversion programs. The creation of a Juvenile Services Department (JSD) will address many systemic improvements and allow the County to approach juvenile justice in a more holistic manner, focusing exclusively on troubled children, arrested or not, to keep them out of the criminal justice system. These systemic improvements include:



* Elevates juvenile justice to higher profile in the County, facilitating our ability to bring in more funds to County and juvenile justice providers and allows the JSD to utilize advancements to expand services to at-risk juveniles, not just arrested juveniles;



* The expanded mission allows the JSD to develop alternatives to arrest with law enforcement agencies.



* Implements Special Arrest Process to help children ages 12 and under who are arrested



* Expands TASC assessments to 24-hour service with consolidated staff



* Applies system-wide use of technology developed at JAC to allow for the measurement of re-arrest and better outcomes of case management.



* Allows all diversion programs in the County to begin days after arrest instead of weeks. It will also allow the County to document re-arrest rates for all diversion participants.



The Directors of DHS and JAC are committed to providing better services for children and their families and have worked closely together on the reorganization. The consolidation plan will be implemented upon approval by the Board of County Commissioners. All DHS employees working in the identified divisions will transfer to the JAC. No layoffs of any positions will occur. During the initial transition period, all employees (JAC and DHS) will continue to perform their job duties and report to their current offices. The JAC Agency Partnership (juvenile justice stakeholders that include the Department of Human Services) will work with JSD employees in order to redefine the processes and reorganize the new department over a period of six months. All stakeholders have reviewed the new plan. There are no known objections from stakeholders to the reorganization. The consolidation should function as the newly organized department by October 2005.



Over the past four years, the JAC has received over $4 million in Congressional earmarks to develop innovations and new technology for juvenile justice. This consolidation allows the County to apply those across the system. Many advancements developed at the JAC are currently being used in multiple cities and states across the United States. (Reference Attachment 1, Letter from U.S. Department of Justice to Congressman Lincoln Diaz-Balart).







Susanne M. Torriente
Assistant County Manager



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