(DISCUSSION) Chief Probation Officer’s Report
a. Juvenile Hall project update (Winship reporting)
There was no report. No AV support in the room.
b. Status of Log Cabin Ranch operations (Sanders reporting)
D. Sanders reported that the population is now at 18, and next week 3 others are being assigned. The BOC is doing a pre inspection right now. Two issues he is concerned with is the grievance process, and the 15 min. count in the dorm. They need to put it on a certain document that BOC wants. The BOC will issue their report Mar. 30.
The SFUSD has reduced the teaching staff at LCRS to 2 teachers. Additionally, those youth at LCRS who have graduated from high school cannot be co mingled in the same classrooms with those youth who have not yet graduated.
He said he was looking around to see if there were online college correspondence courses that he could use for those HS grads. He will be meeting with someone at College of San Mateo to talk about this.
3 students at LCRS have completed HS program. Asked if Sanders had contacted CCSF about online coursework, he said he had not.
Comm Hale asked Sanders to talk to Dr. Frank Tom at the SFUSD. Comm Queen mentioned Lois Brooks of the SFUSD and a Micky Dentine. Ask them to facilitate a solution.
LCRS has 8 counselors there, 4 stationed at JH. The increase in population has brought on a change in ages also. There are more older, “sophisticated” youth (up to 18 yrs) there, and they are repeated placement failures. They have witnessed more than 200 violent acts. They have observed an avg of 5.4 deaths. There seems to be more exhibition of “gang” related language and behavior. Sanders said he talked to some Pos in Juvenile Hall and they will come out to LCRS to give some training to the counselors.
This change is a return to the types of youth LCRS used to get: older, multiple placement failure, repeat offenders. So now there are two pretty distinct populations with different needs.
Ques: have CBOs been called upon to help in training regarding gangs and anger management?
No. Brothers Against Guns could be utilized.\
Comm Hale said this sounded like a “set up” .. that the courts are now going to send down the most troubled youth, and “invite” their escaping (LCRS is not secured placement). The Ranch can serve those youth, but it needs to be planned. The recent talks have not been along those lines, but more about serving younger youth, with less problems.
Hale said he suspects this is just to “show” that LCRS needs to be contracted out, and he totally opposed that.
The older youth have been assigned within the last month.
Comm Hale wanted to see the admission dates.
Comm Fetiçō asked for a list showing the residents’ profiles (including offenses), and any assessments done on them.
B. Johnston mentioned that there is a relationship between older youth who fail OHP, and are not going to CYA, to be put at LCRS. Past a certain age, there is no financial support for them in group homes. They are repeated failures in that, leaving only one option –other than release back into the community—and that is LCRS.
Comm Queen asked Bill and D. Sanders to come to the program comm. To explain their thoughts on what adjustments they will make to accommodate these developments.
c. Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative update (Bieringer reporting)
G. Bieringer was not available, but the JDAI newsletter was given as the update.
d. Budget update
M Lui repeated that at the last Commission meeting it was announced that budget planning would be held off until the new Chief came aboard. He said that in talking to Sifferman, he learned that the Dept budget submission deadline is May 1. The baseline budget that went to the Mayor’s Budget office was off balance by about $500K. This will have to be immediately attended to when Sifferman starts. He has asked the staff to come up with some potential solutions. Ques: would this be available for review on April 4? Lui: don’t know.
Comm Queen reminded Lui that when they prepare their plan and document, to be as clear as possible on what they are proposing and why they are proposing it vs. other options they considered.
e. Worker’s Comp status (Klinghorne reporting)
Sam Kinghorne was introduced as the Manager of Personnel, and he self identified as the Human Resource Manager. He said he was hired as the Workers Comp Manager.
Currently there are 11 WC cases, vs. 17 last yr. (he stated something about 3 cases drawing 40-50… ambiguous statement). At the current pace he estimated a savings of $300K. They project Juvenile Hall OT to be reduced by $500K.
(He said his focus on WC is to have an efficient program, do right by the employees, but have a program that serves our purpose and reduce our costs.) He said they’re on track.
He handed out a document prepared by the City’s Workers Comp task force.
Ques. How much of the savings mentioned will be factored into the Dept’s budget deficit? Lui answered that those figures were stated for the current year. They are working with the Mayor’s Budget Office to try and carry them forward into the new budget. He said if we lower the WC budget line, and end up overspending, it would be marked as a deficit forcing another mid year reduction plan.
Ques: what are the costs we’re talking about? Lui: the costs only relate to the medical costs and salary replacement costs. If under labor code 4850 peace officers receive full salary for a year, but now after one year, they receive their salaries under SDI. The amount is about $1.5 mil. This year. DHR workers comp task force is estimating $1.6 mil next year.
Comm Fetiçō asked if they could give him an idea of the types of injuries that are being charged and how they occur. He was concerned about the preventive training, or the physical condition of staff, which may allow for more injury. Kinghorne said that they need to do a study of the classification to consider physical fitness requirements.
What they’re doing now: they have clear policy and procedures for filing WC cases. They are initiating an early return to work program. Kinghorne said it was difficult to estimate how long people will be out on WC. There’s a pattern of doctors they go to, and attorneys that represent them. The new WC laws will help in this situation.
Comm Queen asked him to prepare a brief report explaining more clearly what some of the interventions were that they applied to the situation to bring it to the current status.
there were none.