(DISCUSSION) Chief Probation Officer’s report:
The Chief announced that he had gone to the Mayor’s budget announcement that morning, which included enhancements to the Dept’s budget (document passed out, attached to these minutes). He noted the new staff positions that will be funded by the Children’s Baseline funds, and plans to develop the juvenile advisory council. An upcoming trip to Chicago of Youth Commissioners, paid by the Zellerbach grant will serve to prepare them to help develop the model here. He asked the Commission to encourage the Bd of Supervisors to approve this.
Hiring will follow civil service procedures. He said the Director of Admin Services would be exempt.
· Administrative Office of the Courts, Delinquency Court Assessment
The Chief referred to the letter from the Administrative Offices of the Court, regarding this, and said the Dept will be participating in the evaluation. He thinks this will increase the cooperation between the Dept and the Courts.
· Zellerbach Grant update
The Dept has hired a consultant (Nancy Campbell) to put together the grant proposal to Zellerbach
Foundation. Comm Queen asked for a written description of the project in Chicago.
· Casey Grant update
· Report on detention of youth awaiting placement
Nancy Starke, Director of Private Placement said the stats provided by the Chief are not accurate. The disparity between how Jose Perla, IT Director, extracted it and a more accurate reflection comes from including difficult cases for placement, eg. multiple failures, level 13 and above, where wait times can be extensive. For first time placements, and others, the avg is 2 weeks. It was decided that this will be taken back and re investigated, with a monthly report to be given to the Commission on the status of Out of Home Placement, with more detailed extractions and summaries. Comm Fetico asked that financials be included. Comm Stiglich asked for details of the wait, pre disposition also be included.
Placements made to out of state sites are not made for first time placements. Referrals have to be accepted by the receiving site, and the process can take many weeks.
· Report on protocols to assure appropriate CARC referrals, even for hours of non-operation.
Nancy Yalon met with Denise Coleman and they will have weekly meetings to assess the types of intakes and referrals being handled now. They will also have monthly meetings between CARC and JPD Intake staff to better coordinate their efforts.
There were none.