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Monday, August 26, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Call to End DCS Control of Juvenile Delinquency Funding"

Indiana Juvenile Justice Blog posts this morning:

It is time to take control of funding decisions for juvenile delinquency services away from the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS). This topic should be put on the agendas for the DCS Oversight Committee and/or the Commission on the Improving the Status of Children, as a means of initiating legislative change. Enough is enough. * * *

When all of the parties and participants — the prosecuting attorney, probation officer, defense attorney and child, parents, and judge — have sought residential placement or other services because they are very familiar with the family and the needs of the child, it is repugnant to be denied funding by a random bureaucrat somewhere.

At meetings in the last year, court participants have advocated for the juvenile court judges to just override DCS — take back the control by the power of the bench. Anecdotally, some have. Others recognize the threat of expedited appeal (Indiana Appellate Rule 14.1) that was also part of HEA 1001 (2008). If DCS wins the expedited appeal, the individual counties must pay for the ordered services. But, the county funds to pay for such services were transferred to the State in 2008.

DCS has their hands full with their primary focus of caring for abused and neglected children and offering services to ensure safe permanency with their families. Let the juvenile courts and counties regain control over their delinquent children and the task of meeting their many, varied needs. It is time.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on August 26, 2013 09:13 AM
Posted to Indiana Government