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Juvenile Justice & Legislative Strategy

Description/Goal

Develop a comprehensive legislative strategy including a juvenile justice component that would provide a multi-agency single entry site for early intervention, full assessments, and improved access to services for youth offenders and access for preventative services; advocate for and participate in the process of creating a centralized and coordinated Juvenile Assessment Center program.

Current Update

In 2Q, City staff worked with local State representatives to establish seed funding in the state budget for the development of the Juvenile Assessment Center. $140,000 was budgeted for FY20 in the State budget. This money will be awarded on a competitive basis through a grant. Scott County Kids submitted an application for an award through this grant process. Awards will be made in 3Q. The JAC board hired a consultant who is currently the executive director of a similar agency in Colorado. This consultant met with the JAC board and other stakeholders to document current processes and led a discussion on future processes to make the JAC operational in Scott County.  

Previous Status

In 1Q 2019, staff engaged our state elected officials to advocate for funding in the FY2020 State budget for the Juvenile Assessment Center. It is expected that this funding will be signed into the Governor's budget for FY2020. The Scott County Kids JAC subcommittee continues to meet and has hired a consultant to provide services over the summer to help launch the JAC. 

Operational Pillar: Well-Protected Community

Council Goal: Crime Reduction & Juvenile Support Services

Project Leader: Sikorski/Ott

Target Completion: Ongoing

Progress: 60%
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