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HB23-1249

Reduce Justice-involvement For Young Children

Concerning measures to improve outcomes for young children by replacing justice involvement with community-based services, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
Session:
2023 Regular Session
Subjects:
Children & Domestic Matters
Human Services
Bill Summary

The act requires that the department of human services (department) add to its report information on the number of youth who at the time they received services from the county department of human or social services (county department) or were placed in out-of-home placement by a county department had an open delinquency case in a district court, were on juvenile probation, or had a juvenile deferred sentence.

The act repeals the requirement to created performance measures for local collaborative management programs.

The act requires a local collaborative management program to create one or more individualized service and support teams which may refer a child to services and establish a service and support plan for a child in need of services. The act requires the department to create an information form to be used by certain agencies and individuals to refer a child to a local collaborative management program for services. The act delineates who has access to the records created by an individualized service and support team.

The act requires the department to include strategies for children who would benefit from integrated multi-agency services in its training for counties participating in a local collaborative management program.

The act requires each interagency oversight group to add to its report to the executive director of each department and agency that is a party to a memorandum of understanding certain demographic, status, and referral information on children and families served and referred to services through a local collaborative management program.

On July 1, 2023 and annually thereafter, the act requires the general assembly to appropriate money to the collaborative management cash fund (fund) to serve children who would benefit from integrated multi-agency services. Beginning July 1, 2024, the act requires the executive director of the department to provide an annual sum to each local collaborative management program to provide services to children who would benefit from integrated multi-agency services based on a funding formula that takes into account the amount of available funds, the need for a base of resources to direct a child and family members to appropriate services, and the number of children in the population to be served.

On or before July 1, 2024, a local collaborative management program nd each July 1 thereafter, the act requires the district attorney of each judicial district to submit a report to the house of representatives judiciary committee and the senate judiciary committee that includes information on children who are offered an opportunity to participate in a diversion program.

The act appropriates $2,257,411 from the general fund to the department for use by the division of child welfare. From this appropriation, $257,411 must be used for collaborative management program administration and evaluation and $2,000,000 must be used to assist interested counties that do not already operate a local collaborative management program with establishing a local collaborative management program or joining an existing local collaborative management program.

The act further appropriates $1,165,039 from the general fund to the fund for use by the division of child welfare for distribution to existing local collaborative management programs.

APPROVED by Governor June 1, 2023

EFFECTIVE August 7, 2023

NOTE: This act was passed without a safety clause and takes effect 90 days after sine die.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)

Status

Introduced
Passed
Became Law

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