La County Letter Re Juvenile Accountability Block Grant Program 2012
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County of Los Angeles CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICE Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration 500 West Temple Street, Room 713, Los Angeles, California 90012 (213) 974-1101 http://ceo.lacounty.gov WILLIAM T FUJIOKA Board of Supervisors GLORIA MOLINA First District Chief Executive Officer MARK RIDLEY-THOMAS Second District June 19, 2012 ZEV YAROSLA VSKY Third District DON KNABE Fourth District The Honorable Board of Supervisors County of Los Angeles 383 Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration 500 West Temple Street Los Angeles, CA 90012 MICHAEL D. ANTONOVICH Fifth District Dear Supervisors: ACCEPT FOURTEENTH YEAR GRANT FUNDS UNDER THE JUVENILE ACCOUNTABILITY BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM - FISCAL YEAR 2012-13 (ALL DISTRICTS AFFECTED) (3 VOTES) SUBJECT This Board Letter requests authority for the District Attorney and Public Defender to accept grant funds under the Juvenile Accountability Block Grant Program for Fiscal Year 2012-13. IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT YOUR BOARD: 1. Adopt the attached Resolution authorizing the District Attorney and Public Defender to accept grant funds, on behalf of the County, allocated by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Corrections Standards Authority under the Juvenile Accountability Block Grant, in the amount of $824,828, of which $412,414 will be allocated to the District Attorney and $412,414 to the Public Defender. A ten percent match of the direct allocation or $91,648 is required. 2. Authorize the District Attorney and Public Defender, or their respective designees, to serve as Project Director for their respective programs and to execute, on behalf of the County, the grant award agreement and any required extensions, revisions, or amendments. "To Enrich Lives Through Effective And Caring Service" Please Conserve Paper - This Document and Copies are Two-Sided Intra-County Correspondence Sent Electronically Only The Honorable Board of Supervisors June 19, 2012 Page 2 PURPOSE/JUSTIFICATION OF RECOMMENDED ACTION The purpose of the program is to promote greater accountability of juveniles in the Juvenile Justice System and to hold juvenile offenders accountable for their criminal activities. The Corrections Standards Authority (CSA) supports this ongoing effort by coordinating Juvenile Accountability Block Grant (JABG) funds for State and local government agencies. This is the fourteenth year of the JABG program. The current grant will fund programs from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013. A Board approved Resolution authorizing acceptance of the grant funds is required by the CSA in order for the funds to be released to the County. Effective July 1, 2012, pursuant to Senate Bill 92, the CSA, currently a division of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, will cease to exist and the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) will be created. All the duties and personnel of the CSA will transfer to the BSCC. The BSCC will be an independent agency reporting directly to the Governor. The JABG application and related contract documents that are needed to process the Fiscal Year (FY) 2012-13 JABG funding will reflect this transfer of authority. In accordance with the granting agency requirements, on May 23, 2012, the Chief Executive Office convened a meeting of the JABG Advisory Board, comprised of representatives from various agencies, to consider and recommend allocation of the $824,828 JABG funds allocated to the County. The JABG Advisory Board voted to recommend allocation of $412,414, or approximately 50 percent of the funds, to the District Attorney Juvenile Offender Intervention Network (JOIN) program and $412,414, or approximately 50 percent, to the Public Defender Client Assessment Recommendation Evaluation (CARE) project. Implementation of Strategic Plan Goals These JABG programs are consistent with the County's Strategic Plan Goal No.1: Operational Effectiveness - Maximize the effectiveness of processes, structure, and operations to support timely delivery of customer-oriented and efficient public services; and Goal NO.3: Integrated Services Delivery - Maximize opportunities to measurably improve client and community outcomes and leverage resources through the continuous integration of health, community, and public safety services. The Honorable Board of Supervisors June 19, 2012 Page 3 FISCAL IMPACT/FINANCING Los Angeles County's FY 2012-13 JABG allocation is $824,828 or 90 percent of the total project cost of $916,476. The JABG guidelines require a ten percent match of the direct allocation or $91,648. An allocation of $412,414 will be included in the District Attorney and Public Defender's FY 2012-13 budgets, respectively. The departments will use existing resources to absorb the required match. Should funding for these programs be terminated, an evaluation will be conducted to determine if the programs would be discontinued with the reallocation of staff to vacant budgeted positions. FACTS AND PROVISIONS/LEGAL REQUIREMENTS The JABG program remains under Title II of the Federal Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act. The CSA recently published the FY 2012-13 JABG funding award amounts designated by Congress. The amount allocated for eligible counties in California is $3,234,248. Of the State award, $824,828 is allocated to Los Angeles County. The JABG Advisory Board membership consists of the Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Court, and representatives from the following agencies: City of Monterey Park Police Department, Sheriff's Department, District Attorney's Office, Probation Department, Public Defender's Office, Department of Children and Family Services, Los Angeles County Office of Education, Children's Advocacy Center, and the Los Angeles Boys and Girls Club. IMPACT ON CURRENT SERVICES (OR PROJECTS) The District Attorney's JOIN program and the Public Defender's CARE project will receive $412,414 respectively. Unfunded program components will be absorbed by each department or reduced as necessary. The funding allocation was recommended by the JABG Advisory Board and has been reviewed and cleared by the affected County departments regarding service level impact. The Honorable Board of Supervisors June 19, 2012 Page 4 CONCLUSION Upon approval by the Board of Supervisors, it is requested that the Executive OfficerClerk of the Board return three original signature copies of the adopted Resolution to this office. Respectfully submitted, Chief Executive Officer WTF:GM:SW:PVR:cc Attachments (2) c: Executive Office, Board of Supervisors County Counsel District Attorney Sheriff Children and Family Services Office of Education Probation Public Defender CEO.JABG .FY 2012-13.bI.061912.docx ATTACHMENT I COUNTY JABG FUNDS The District Attorney and Public Defender are the County agencies participating in JABG for fiscal year 2012-13. Each of the participating County agencies will use the grant funds for the following programs: District Attorney $412,414 • The Juvenile Offender Intervention Network (JOIN) is a voluntary program that targets first-time serious offenders ages 10-17, for diversion from the Juvenile Justice System into a one-year program that offers immediate intervention and accountability without formal prosecution. Under the supervision of a Hearing Officer, JOIN youth and their parents can avoid the Juvenile Justice System by promptly taking responsibility for their actions, making restitution and apologizing to their victim(s), performing community service, attending school regularly, and participating in counseling and parenting programs. JOIN cases are resolved without a court appearance at approximately 12 percent of the cost of court processing. JOIN's success rate exceeds 72 percent, making it one of the most effective juvenile diversion programs in California. JOIN has received numerous awards, including the Quality and Productivity Commission's GOLDEN Eagle Award in October 2005 and the Los Angeles County Stars Organizational Effectiveness Award in January 2007, which recognized the program as an outstanding service delivery system that is efficient, effective, and goal-oriented. Public Defender $412,414 • The Client Assessment Recommendation Evaluation (CARE) project strategically integrates psychiatric social workers and resource attorneys into defense teams at the 10 Juvenile Courts to assess, identify, and make disposition recommendations to the Juvenile Court to address the children's mental health, developmental disabilities, serious learning disabilities, co-occurring disorders, and substance abuse needs. CARE services include conducting psycho-social assessments, identifying services and programs to meet the child's needs, assisting in initiating early intervention of needed services, providing client and family support during the court process, and developing recommendations for effective disposition plans. CARE serves approXimately 1,300 juvenile clients annually. In a recent case review, 80 percent of CARE youth had no new criminal charges filed in either the juvenile or adult court within one year of the youth's disposition in juvenile court. Courts rely on the important information provided by CARE and for the past ten years on average have adopted 83 percent of the CARE disposition recommendations. In March 2008, CARE received the California Council on Mentally III Offenders "Best Practices" award for its approach in effectively serving the needs of the mentally ill offender. In November 2008, CARE was recognized by the Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention State Advisory Group for its dedication and significant contributions to the juvenile justice field. Total JABG Funds $824,828 BOARD OF SUPERVISORS COUNTY OF lOS ANGELES RESOLUTION 1 2 3 4 5 WHEREAS, the County of los Angeles desires to undertake the Juvenile Offender Intervention Network (JOIN) and the Client Assessment Recommendation Evaluation (CARE) projects to be funded in part from funds 6 made available through the Juvenile Accountability Block Grant Program 7 administered by the Board of State Community Corrections (BSCC) (hereafter 8 referred to as BSCC). 9 NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Supervisors of the 10 County of los Angeles authorizes the District Attorney and Public Defender or 11 their designees, to submit the two proposals to the BSCC. Said individuals are 12 authorized to sign and approve the Grant Award Agreement including any 13 extensions or amendments thereof on behalf of the Board of Supervisors and to 14 serve as Project Directors and perform all necessary tasks to complete the projects. 15 16 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the applicant agrees to provide all 17 matching funds required for said projects (including any amendment thereof) 18 under the Program and the funding terms and conditions of the BSCC and that the match will be appropriated as required. 19 20 IT IS AGREED that any liability arising out of the performance of this 21 Grant Award Agreement, including civil court actions for damages, shall be the 22 responsibility of the grant recipient and the authorizing agency. The State of California and the BSCC disclaim responsibility for any such liability. 23 24 25 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that grant funds received hereunder shall not be used to supplant expenditures controlled by this body. - 1 1 The foregoing resolution was on the __ day of _ _ _ _ _ _ _ , 2012, 2 passed, approved, and adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the County of 3 Los Angeles and ex officio the governing body of all other special assessment 4 and taxing districts, agencies and authorities for which said Board so acts. 5 6 Ayes: 7 Noes: 8 Absent: 9 10 SACHI A. HAMAl, Executive Officer-Clerk of the Board of Supervisors of the County of Los Angeles 11 12 13 By_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ___ 14 Deputy 15 16 l7 18 APPROVED AS TO FORM: JOHN F. KRATTLI ACTING COUNTY COUNSEL 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 - 2