Audience

Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission Planning and Grants Committee Members and Staff. The public is welcome to attend.

Date/Time

February 20, 2013, 11:00a.m. to 1:00p.m.

Location

  • 823 E Monroe
    Springfield, IL
  • 401 S Clinton
    1st Floor
    Chicago, IL

Agenda

  1. Call to Order
  2. Roll Call
  3. Approval of Minutes
  4. Program / Project Updates
    1. Reentry Projects
    2. Adolescent Domestic Battery Projects
    3. DJJ Assessment Grants
    4. Transportation / Jail Removal Grants 
    5. Second Chance Continuation Grant
    6. Other
  5. Fiscal and Strategic Planning
    1. Title II
    2. JABG
    3. Illinois Juvenile Officers Association Annual Conference
  6. Committee Updates/Motions for Consideration
    1. Communications Committee
    2. DMC Committee 
    3. JDAI / Detention Committee
    4. Executive Committee 
    5. Data Liaison
  7. New Business
  8. Adjourn

Minutes

  1. Call to Order
    The meeting was called to order at 11:19am.
  2. Roll Call
    Chairman Lisa Jacobs, Rick Velasquez and Pamela Rodriguez. Esther Franco-Payne, IJJC Chairman George Hill and George Timberlake by phone. Staff: Rob Vickery, Heidi Mueller, Julie Stremlau, Karima Douglas, Ron Smith and Julianna Nelson-YNC Intern. Guests: Susan Witkin.
  3. Approval of Minutes
    Commissioner Velasquez motioned to approve minutes of January 9, 2013 meeting. Commissioner Hill seconded. All in favor, minutes approved.
  4. Program / Project Updates
    1. Reentry Projects
      Rob Vickery gave an overview of the Reentry programs funded in Chicago (Youth Outreach Services) and St. Clair County (CHASI). Both programs are struggling to obtain referrals of youth leaving IDJJ facilities and returning to their communities on parole / aftercare. Commissioners recognized that these challenges were anticipated when the programs were launched and reiterated the project goals of developing effective, efficient policies and practices in partnership with IDJJ to 1) identify the needs of youth leaving DJJ care and 2) to link them to community-based service providers who can work with youth to step them down from state oversight and successfully reintegrate into their communities. CHASI has personal relationships with parole agents so they are getting referrals but not as the program intended. Some of the issues discussed were confusion about roles and perceived competition with other providers. YOS is working to increase the program area served. While these challenges were anticipated, Commissioners agreed that it is imperative to keep working with IDJJ and the providers to develop a model for community-based service providers to receive referrals from DJJ and to work cooperatively with the Department to ensure the success of youth on parole, particularly as IDJJ prepares to take the juvenile aftercare program statewide if we determine this program is not impacting as we intended we will rethink and revamp the plan. Chairman Timberlake indicated that he would reach out to Director Bishop about the projects. Rob Vickery continues to work with program sites on the issues.
    2. Adolescent Domestic Battery Projects
      Commissioner Jacobs gave the overview for DB programs. She announced that Models for Change released a monograph on Domestic Battery in December 2012. It is available on the Models for Change website and describes the work of the three sites jointly supported by MfC and the Commission / JABG funds. There are two major projects now developing. The National Youth Screening and Assessment Project of the University of Massachusetts is working to validate a tool developed to identify differing trajectories of adolescents charged with domestic battery. It is an 18 month proposal, due in March. Commissioner Jacobs recommends using pieces of this model in Illinois sites and to put in a concept paper for CCBYS sites. She stated that the Commission may want to consider funding this.
    3. DJJ Assessment Grants
      No update.
    4. Transportation / Jail Removal Grants
      Commissioner Velasquez explained that the IJJC voted to continue Franklin Counties Transportation Grant. Franklin County will put together a plan for assuming local responsibility of transportation over the next few years.
    5. Second Chance Continuation Grant
      No update at this time.
    6. Other
  5. Fiscal and Strategic Planning
    1. Title II
      Application due in April, no other updates at this time.
    2. JABG
      Heidi Mueller gave the JABG proposal to members for review. She indicated that ICJIA will close out those grants and then transfer to IJJC. We should have the FFY11 and FFY12 funds by July 1st. DHS submitting to the procurement process. Heidi reported that 2009 funds may receive an extension. Commissioner Rodriguez suggests more performance measures. Commissioner Velasquez stated we need AOIC for JABG and welcome the opportunity to work closer with AOIC. It was noted that the IJJC should meet with current grantees to discuss plan to move forward. Noted that the Executive Committee approved the JABG Application for submission.
    3. Illinois Juvenile Officers Association Annual Conference
      Commissioner Jacobs discussed the need for a process to consider Conference Training Funding Requests.
  6. Committee Updates/Motions for Consideration
    1. Communications Committee
      Annual Report being finalized.
    2. DMC Committee
      Assessment complete. Committee is doing final reviews and recommendations before release.
    3. JDAI / Detention Committee
      See above.
    4. Executive Committee
      Approval of JABG Application.
    5. Data Liaison
      No updates.
  7. New Business
    Commissioner Jacobs again explained the conference being planned by Michael Chavers of Indian Oaks Academy. This will dovetail with the work of the CWAC Dually Involved Subcommittee. Commissioner Velasquez motioned to approve taking this conference request for up to $5000 to the full Commission for vote. Commissioner Rodriguez seconded the motion. All in favor, motion passed.
  8. Adjourn
    Commissioner Jacobs motioned to adjourn. Commissioner Rodriguez seconded the motion. Meeting adjourned at 1:08pm.