Program Authorization: R.S. 46: 1901-1923
The mission of the Contract Services Program is to ensure that youth receive services in the most appropriate, least restrictive manner, including residential, day treatment, in-home, or other programs that will promote the well-being of the youth and provide for public safety. The Contract Services Program provides a community-based system of care that provides a humane environment and addresses the needs of youth committed to custody and/or supervision. Particular attention is given to the appropriate placement of offenders who are suitable for placement in the community. This is accomplished through the development and implementation of risk assessment models to determine levels of custody and supervision.
The Department of Public Safety and Corrections has developed standard operating procedures (SOPs) to be followed by community contractors who house juvenile offenders in residential or nonresidential facilities. These SOPs include provisions for American Correctional Association (ACA) accreditation.
As a result of a cooperative endeavor agreement between the Department of Public Safety and Corrections, Corrections Services, and the Town of Tallulah to provide additional secure beds for juvenile males, the Tallulah Correctional Center for Youth (TCCY) opened on November 16, 1994. The capacity of the center is 620 beds. Included in these beds is a boot camp/shock incarceration program, the Louisiana Intensive Training and Education Program (LITE), for juvenile offenders who are committed to the state's custody. LITE is an intensive program in a secure setting, designed to facilitate a positive change in serious juvenile offenders who, upon successful completion of the program, can return to their communities under intensive supervision. Program design provides discipline and structured activities designed to control behavior and to teach self-control, which is essential for completing any academic, pre-employment, and treatment components of the program.
The goals of the Contract Services Program are:
OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
Unless otherwise indicated, all objectives are to be accomplished during or by the end of FY 1999-2000. Performance indictors are made up of two parts: name and value. The indicator name describes what is being measured. The indicator value is the numeric value or level achieved within a given measurement period. For budgeting purposes, performance indicator values are shown for the prior fiscal year, the current fiscal year, and alternative funding scenarios (continuation budget level and Executive Budget recommendation level) for the ensuing fiscal year (the fiscal year of the budget document).
RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM
SOURCE OF FUNDING
This program is funded with State General Fund, Interagency Transfers, Fees and Self generated Revenues and Federal Funds. Interagency Transfers are derived from the Division of Children, Youth and Family Services for the cost of placement of children who are eligible under the Title IV-E guidelines and from the Department of Transportation and Development for security costs associated with inmate road cleanup crews through the Tallulah Correctional Center for Youth. The Fees and Self-generated Revenues are derived from the parents of children who are assessed a fee to pay for their children in placement. Federal Funds are derived from Social Security for Supplemental Security Income payments for eligible offenders as reimbursement to the agency for the offender's cost of placement.
ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION
The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 107.7% of the existing operating budget. It represents 80.4% of the total request ($64,499,877) for this program. The increase in the recommended level is attributed to the increased cost of the Residential and Non-residential contracts expiring on 12/31/98, the transfer of funds from the LSU Medical Center - Health Care Services for the Adolescent Rehabilitation Program operated by the Rapides Parish Law District and the annualization of the Jena Juvenile Justice Center for Youth.
Payments to contracted agencies for juveniles who are in need of supervision by providing residential treatment and foster care services, temporary emergency housing for minor delinquencies and nonresidential services aimed at diverting youth from further penetration into the juvenile justice system
ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS
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