Program Authorization: R.S. 46:1901-1923
The mission of the Field Services Program is to provide for the supervision of juvenile probationers and/or parolees and to provide reports as required by the courts. The Field Services Program, which is carried out by the Division of Youth Services (DYS), provides probation and parole supervision and both residential and nonresidential treatment services for adjudicated youth and for status offender youth and their families.
The goal of the Field Services Program is to design services to address the needs of offenders assigned to supervision while ensuring the public safety.
Risk assessment models are used to determine levels of custody, supervision, and reassignment and release recommendations. Programs to address the needs of the seriously emotionally disturbed offender and the offender with substance abuse problems are developed in conjunction with the Office of Mental Health and the Office of Human Services. The DYS has offices in Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Harvey, Hammond, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe, Natchitoches, New Orleans, Shreveport, Tallulah, and Thibodaux. The DYS was accredited by the American Correctional Association (ACA) in 1995, with scores of 100% in both mandatories and nonmandatories during ACA accreditation audit. Additionally, all juvenile community residential centers and day-treatment programs eligible and required to participate are now involved in the accreditation process.
OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
1. In FY 1998-99, the Field Services Program will develop, implement, and coordinate a multidimensional system of supervision and treatment for youth assigned to probation and/or parole by courts of proper jurisdiction.
Explanatory Note: The Division of Youth Services has developed an intensive aftercare model for juveniles from nonsecure residential, long-term secure facilities, and short-term secure facilities. This model will allow the juvenile officer to oversee the juvenile's individual aftercare plan, which will include use of a network of programs such as halfway houses, group homes, day programs, and tracker programs.
2. In FY 1998-99, the Field Services Program will maintain American Correctional Association (ACA) accreditation and conduct services efficiently and effectively.
SOURCE OF FUNDING
This program is funded with state general fund and interagency transfers. Interagency transfers are derived from the Division of Children, Youth and Family Services for the cost of placement of children who are eligible under Title IV-E guidelines.
ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION
Technical adjustment to transfer thirty-three (33) positions along with associated salary, travel, operating service and supply funding from the Contract Services Program to properly reflect positions and funding in the appropriate program
The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 113.0% of the existing operating budget. It represents 84.6% of the total request ($12,265,189) for this program. The increase in the recommended level is primarily attributed to the transfer of thirty-three (33) positions from the Contract Services Program along with associated salary, travel, operating service and supply funding to properly reflect the funding in the appropriate programs.
ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS
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