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Program E: Field Services

Program Authorization: R.S. 46:1901-1923

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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.

TRENDS IN DIVISION OF YOUTH SERVICES (FIELD SERVICES PROGRAM) ACTIVITIES

 

1993-94

1994-95

1995-96

1996-97

Number of youth under supervision

6,350

6,436

6,948

7,147

Number of juvenile service officers

110

150

158

158

Number of investigations per month

1,120

1,838

1,879

1,828

Average workload per month

16,512

17,243

18,677

18,980

Number of transports per month

215

272

279

291

Average hours transporting per month

1,025

850

1,037

1,032

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

GENERAL FUND

TOTAL

T.O.

 

DESCRIPTION

 

 

 

 

 

$6,758,870

$9,173,870

241

 

ACT 18 FISCAL YEAR 1997-1998

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BA-7 TRANSACTIONS:

$11,927

$11,927

0

 

Carryforward for acquisitions

 

 

 

 

 

$6,770,797

$9,185,797

241

 

EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET - December 10, 1997

 

 

 

 

 

($11,927)

($11,927)

0

 

Non-Recurring Carryforward for acquisitions

($59,179)

($59,179)

0

 

Equipment/Major Repairs Adjustment(s) (Non-recurring: -$97,379; Replacement/New +$38,200)

$155,042

$155,042

0

 

Annualization of 1997 -'98 Merit Pay Adjustment(s)

$150,726

$150,726

0

 

1998 -'99 Merit Pay Adjustment(s)

($103,132)

($103,132)

0

 

Attrition Adjustment(s)

($45,614)

($45,614)

0

 

Retirement Rate Adjustment(s)

($16,178)

($16,178)

0

 

Reductions in various Expenditure Categories; Including Reductions to fully fund salaries

($95,684)

($95,684)

0

 

Risk Management Adjustment(s)

($1,925)

($1,925)

0

 

Rent in State-owned Buildings Adjustment(s)

($1,678)

($1,678)

0

 

Maintenance of State-owned Buildings Adjustment(s)

($2,260)

($2,260)

0

 

Adjust interagency transfers with the Department of Public Safety for radio user fees

$4,550

$4,550

0

 

Master Sergeant pay plan

$1,221,043

$1,221,043

33

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

$7,964,581

$10,379,581

274

 

TOTAL RECOMMENDED

 

 

 

 

 

$1,193,784

$1,193,784

33

 

DIFFERENCE (TOTAL RECOMMENDED AND EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET)

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.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

This program does not have funding for Professional Services for Fiscal Year 1998-1999

OTHER CHARGES

 

 

Interagency Transfers:

$6,540

 

User fee for radio system - Department of Public Safety

$66,366

 

Rent in State - owned Buildings

$52,308

 

Maintenance of State Buildings

 

 

 

$125,214

 

TOTAL INTERAGENCY TRANSFERS

ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

$38,200

 

Replace various pieces of office equipment and telephone system

 

 

 

$38,200

 

TOATL ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS


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