Audience

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

Date/Time

November 12, 2014, 9:00a.m. to 3:00p.m.

Location

  • 401 S Clinton
    1st Floor
    Chicago, IL
  • Call In:  888-494-4032  Code:  5329547331#

Agenda

  1. Call to Order
  2. Roll Call
  3. Approval of Minutes
  4. Committee Updates & Motions
    1. DMC
    2. JDAI
    3. Planning & Grants
    4. Youth Advisory Board
  5. Detention Data Report
  6. Presentation about the YMCA Bridging the Divide Project
  7. New Business
  8. Public Comment
  9. Adjournment

Minutes

  1. Call to Order
    The meeting was called to order at 11:26am.
  2. Roll Call
    Present: Commissioners Rodney Ahitow, Julie Biehl, Jacqueline Bullard, Shelley Davis, George Hill, Vice Chairman-Lisa Jacobs, Brendan Kelley, Patrick Nelson, Esther Franco-Payne, Chairman-George Timberlake, Rick Velasquez, Dana Weiner. Quorum declared present at 11:41am. Guests: Susan Witkin, Shirene Thomas, Kanako Ishida, Jamie Noto, Linda White, Mark Smith, Jiffy Lansing, Scott Kleiman, Ryan Lugalia-Hollon and Vanessa Westley. Staff: Julie Stremlau, Rob Vickery, Karima Douglas, Ron Smith, Dick Walsh, Jeff Bradley, Monica Kelley.
  3. Approval of Minutes
    Commissioner Hill motioned to approve the minutes. Commissioner Velasquez seconded the motion, minutes approved.
    Vice Chairman Jacobs announced that Chairman George Timberlake had received the "Champion for Change" award from MacArthur Models for Change earlier today. Congratulations to Chairman Timberlake.
  4. Committee Updates & Motions
    1. DMC
      DMC Coordinator, Karima Douglas gave DMC update. She explained the DMC Committee's law enforcement focus. The focus is on working with smaller groups, building stronger relationships with law enforcement and the community. At the last meeting Kathy Bankhead gave a presentation on pushing this restorative process with communities. The YMCA and their success or progress in this project will help facilitate those relationships.
    2. JDAI
      Commissioner Velasquez updated the group on JDAI. He gave an overview of JDAI's history with Casey stepping back from their support of JDAI in Illinois and the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission stepping in to help keep JDAI going. Chairman Timberlake added information about Bart Lubow and new opportunity to engage the Illinois Probation and Court Services Association a JDAI partner. Jeff Bradly, JDAI Coordinator, responded that it is encouraging as we see more engagement by Casey. Jeff further explained how some JDAI sites are doing very well while others are not. We can still build on those sites that exist or start from the beginning.
    3. Planning & Grants
      Lisa Jacobs, IJJC Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Planning and Grants Committee gave the overview. There are two committee motions from Planning and Grants that need to be reviewed.  One is the request for $10,000 for the Juvenile Officer Training. Vice Chairman Jacobs motioned, a Committee motion requires no second. All in favor, motion approved. The second is a motion to approve Station Adjustments and Best Practices focus by Vice Chairman Jacobs. Again, no second necessary. Motion approved. The group discussed the JABG RFP. It needs to be finalized and released as soon as possible. Vice Chairman Jacobs reviewed the current priority and focus areas. With the group's comments it appears we are looking at a format change only. If there are concerns or suggestions to change our focus then please contact Rob Vickery with your recommendation. Committee motion, no second needed. Motion passed. Please note there will be a Reentry meeting on January 14th to discuss the evaluation. All are welcome to attend.
      Scott Kleiman a Fellow from the Governor's office gave the presentation and requested $114,434 from the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission to support planning and pilot phase evaluation activities conducted by the Research and Evaluation Team. Samantha Fields explained that Governor Pat Quinn announced plans for a new public-private partnership with the Conscience Community Network (CCN), a collaboration of seven child welfare and juvenile justice providers, to improve outcomes for at-risk youth dually-involved in both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Using an innovative "Pay for Success" performance contract, this project represents a significant new investment in early interventions that improve outcomes for children who are among the most difficult to serve in Illinois. The Commissioners have many questions and the proposal will be emailed out to the full Commission. It was decided that the request will be discussed again at the January 2015 IJJC meeting due to the need for more information.
    4. Youth Advisory Board
      Karima Douglas explained that the YAB's draft proposals will be presented soon. The RFP development is a $3000 mini grant process. It is a training opportunity for creative groups, art projects, etc.
  5. Detention Data Report
    Susan Witkin and Commissioner Velasquez presented the detention data report. Packets were shared with the group. Commissioner Velasquez explained that the report was presented to and approved by the JDAI Committee. He commended Susan Witkin on the great work she has done and how this is a report like no other. Susan presented the report and then opened up to the group for comment. It was noted a cover letter will be added. Vice Chairman Jacobs noted that this report can be used by the JJC group, the DMC Committee and is a great tool. It was noted they would like the report available on line. Motion to approve this report with edits and distribution as recommended and the JDAI Committee in the lead for "next steps". Commissioner Velasquez brought forth the motion from the JDAI Committee, no second necessary. Report unanimously approved.
  6. Presentation about the YMCA Bridging the Divide Project
    Ryan Lugalia-Hollon of the YMCA and Vanessa Westley of the Chicago Police Department presented on the Bridging the Divide Project.The project was a good first step at improving youth-police relationships, but these approaches need to be institutionalized within CPD. Anticipated next steps will include CPD implementing these approaches, with the YMCA in a support and training role. The Commission expressed interest in expanding the initiative outside Chicago.
  7. New Business
    It was announced the Monica Kelley will be finalizing her internship with the Commission at the end of the week. The Commission thanked her for her service and wishes her well in her future endeavors.
    Vice Chairman Jacobs presented a request for funding from Wendy Nussbaum and Shannon Hartnett of Northeast DuPage Family and Youth Services to develop a training curriculum and toolkit to help replicate effective strategies for Adolescent Domestic Battery. This has been a priority of the JDAI Committee; this particular project grew out of conversations with Rick Velasquez, Lisa Jacobs, Rob Vickery, and Northeast DuPage. Originally we hoped it could be included in the existing JABG contract with DuPage Probation and their subcontract with Northeast DuPage. Unfortunately the State's Attorney's Office was unwilling to approve a contract amendment for this purpose. After discussion about how the project would be managed, Esther Franco Payne made a motion for $17,500 to be approved, to be managed and paid for by ICOY. Brendan Kelly seconded. All in Favor. Motion Approved.
  8. Public Comment
    None noted.
  9. Adjournment
    Vice Chairman Jacobs motioned to adjourn. Commissioner Hill seconded the motion. All in favor, meeting adjourned at 2:00pm.