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Youth Law Center. DJJ Realignment Symposium February 8, 2008 Sacramento, California Chief Probation Officers of California. Youth Law Center. S.B. 81 – Ten Point Tune Up S.B. 81 offers the opportunity to: Serve youth and families close to their home communities

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Youth law center

Youth Law Center

DJJ Realignment Symposium

February 8, 2008

Sacramento, California

Chief Probation Officers of California


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S.B. 81 – Ten Point Tune Up

S.B. 81 offers the opportunity to:

  • Serve youth and families close to their home communities

  • Get rid of “least worst” alternatives

  • Proactively develop long needed services and programs

  • Do a better job of matching youth with the interventions they need


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Ten Questions to Guide SB 81 Implementation:

1.Is it time to revisit values that drive dispositional recommendations (e.g., close to home, family involvement, educational stability, non-institutional setting when possible)

2. Is your county using existing secure beds for the right youth for the right amount of time?


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  • If you are using juvenile hall for post-disposition commitments, is the “program” evidence-based, or does it represent the historic lesser of other bad options? Can you do the program in other settings?

    4.Are there other programs your county has used in the past (e.g., out-of-state placement) that can be reconsidered and replaced?

    5.Does your department take a strong role in refusing to accept cases “dumped” from the foster care, mental health and education systems? What would you need to do this?


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  • Are you maximizing resources available to the youth when you identify dispositional alternatives? For example, placements that qualify them for transitional foster care and Medicaid funding?

    • Placing youth in foster care (or group homes) before age 18 so they can automatically receive Medi-Cal, transitional housing, education and training vouchers, and independent living services up to age 21?

    • Getting eligible youth onto Medi-Cal, where they may receive services such as therapeutic behavioral services, mental health services, and case management.

      7.Are you leveraging services through the special education, regional center and mental health systems (including Prop 63 funding)?


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8.Are you and your staff up to speed on the research about “what works” as well as what does not work?

  • Does your department have the ability to do individualized dispositional planning or the ability to bring in dispositional experts? Are you using individualized placements and family-based services?

    10. Are you keeping track of what else you need to make S.B. 81 changes work, including legislative changes, training, expertise or resources that are missing?


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Things alter for the worse spontaneously, if they be not altered for the better designedly.

Francis Bacon (17th C.)


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