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 714 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.
OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
1. In FY 1998-99, the Contract Services Program will develop, coordinate, and implement a community-based residential and nonresidential system of care and treatment for juvenile offenders consistent with the needs of the youth and their families as well as public safety.
1 The budgeted cost per case for youth in nonresidential programs is distorted because it is based on budgeted Title IVA funds, all of which may not be expended during the fiscal year.
2. In FY 1998-99, the Contract Services Program will continue the cooperative endeavor agreement for the Tallulah Correctional Center for Youth (TCCY).
1 Based on an average of actual figures for two years.
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
Technical adjustment to realign the Self-Generated Fees generated through parental contributions between programs to properly reflect the correct means of financing in the appropriate programs. The fees generated through the parental contributions have been transferred from the Administration Program
Technical Adjustment to transfer thirty-three (33) positions, along with associated salary, travel, operating service and supply funding, to the Field Services Program to properly reflect positions and funding in the appropriate program.
The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 109.0% of the existing operating budget. It represents 91.5% of the total request ($53,775,650) for this program. The increase in the recommended level is attributed to the costs associated with the LaSalle Juvenile Facility contract. Funding is also recommended for the increased cost of the Tallulah Correctional Center for Youth. The decrease in the State General Fund of $69,585 is a technical adjustment that also increases the Self-Generated fees by the same amount within this program. These fees are generated through parental contributions and are transferred budgetarily from the Administration Program in order to properly align the correct means of financing in the appropriate programs. The decrease of 33 positions is attributed to the transfer of these positions to the Field Services Program along with associated salary, travel, operating service and supply funding to properly reflect the funding in the appropriate programs.
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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