April 15, 2013 DMC Committee Meeting


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


April 15, 2013, 2:30p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


  • 160 N LaSalle
    7th Floor
    Chicago, IL
  • 823 E Monroe
    Springfield, IL 


  1. Call to Order
  2. Roll Call
  3. Approval of Minutes
  4. DMC Assessment
    1. Discussion of the DMC strategic plan 
      1. Phase I: Analysis
      2. Phase II: Assessment/Diagnosis
      3. Phase III: Intervention
      4. Phase IV: Evaluation
      5. Phase V: Monitoring
    2. DMC Assessment Action Plan
    3. DMC Reduction Plan
  5. DMC Compliance
  6. DMC Quarterly Report
  7. New Business
  8. Adjourn


  1. Call to Order
    Meeting was called to order at 2:37pm.
  2. Roll Call: Chairman Pamela Rodriguez, Rick Velasquez, Michael  Rodriguez, Esther Franco-Payne. Quorum present. Guests: Susan  Witkin, Erica Hughes, Miquel Lewis. Staff: Rob Vickery, Heidi Mueller,  Karima Douglas, Julie Stremlau.
  3. Approval of Minutes
    Commissioner Velasquez moved to approve the minutes. Seconded by Commissioner Franco-Payne, December 17, 2012 minutes approved.  Commissioner Velasquez moved and Commissioner Michael Rodriguez  seconded, February 25, 2013 minutes approved.
  4. DMC Assessment 
    Karima gave the overview of the DMC Strategic Plan. Commissioner  Pamela Rodriguez stated our overall strategy is to look at the data site by site and work with individual sites to provide technical assistance as  necessary. Susan Witkin added that the solution is not just training. Key is to have a systemic approach with every agency that OWNS their training. To follow thru, consensus building, local ownership, strategy and criteria to meet our specifications.
  5. Discussion of the DMC strategic plan
    Erica Hughes stated we need to ensure accountability in the sources of data. In developing the plan we must look to those states that have had any success with DMC, that were highlighted for reducing DMC.  
    1. Phase I: Analysis
      Given the data collected, the quantitative focus should be on 5-10 of our top populations to fund. Background analysis on what has been done. Cook County (multiple jurisdictions counts as 4) is one. How do we use the analysis with our systems? We want them to educate, strategize, collect data and process it. We want them to do this but they might decide to do more standardized data recording of arrests, etc. Commissioner Velasquez stated that we  integrate DMC requirements with JDAI and what the Commission demands overall. As a Commission we can integrate DMC into other systems.
    2. Phase II: Assessment/Diagnosis
      Commissioner Rodriguez informed the group that others have been requesting to see the full assessment and she wants the document reviewed and additional editing done before it is released Erica added that when we get AOIC data and court data it might be helpful to see the different systems in use. The group agreed that focusing on legislators would be the least feasible route. It was suggested to pull the data out geographically and submit to the Feds and work jurisdictions. We need a systematic roll out plan.  When ready we will have fact sheets, newsletters and community briefings.  AOIC can assist with this. Need to incorporate DMC into all aspects of the IJJC's actions.
    3. Phase III: Intervention
    4. Phase IV: Evaluation
    5. Phase V: Monitoring
  6. DMC Assessment Action Plan
  7. DMC Reduction Plan
  8. DMC Compliance 
    Heidi explained about the fiscal aspect of DMC and our status of non-compliance. We must use the required funds and percentages to address and improve DMC in Illinois as set by the federal regulations of the grant.
  9. DMC Quarterly Report
  10. New Business 
    Karima asked about the upcoming officer training and DMC curriculum.  Heidi explained the IJJC's request to include DMC and shared the updated agenda with the group. Ron Smith and Dick Walsh will be facilitating at the training. Susan Witkin and Karima Douglas will also present. 
    Miquel Lewis announced the JDAI annual conference is this week. Rob Vickery, Rick Velasquez and Jeff Bradley will attend.
  11. Adjourn
    Commissioner Velasquez moved to adjourn; Commissioner Franco-Payne seconded the motion. Meeting ended at 4:01pm.