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The Youth Law Center is committed to sharing advocacy resources, information, and tools that can improve the quality of life and opportunities for youth in foster care and the juvenile justice system. We invite you to use our resource library to support your advocacy work on behalf of system-involved children and youth.

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Standards/enforcement

Ensuring Accountability and Transparency for Out-of-State Facilities

Ensuring Accountability and Transparency for Out-of-State Facilities

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Ensuring Accountability and Transparency for Out-of-State Facilities

Author(s):

Maria Ramiu

Date:

6/2018

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

062918-Ensuring-Accountability-and-Transparency-for-Out-of-State-Facilities.pdf

Standards/enforcement

Guide to Online Information on California Licensed and Out of State Facilities

Guide to Online Information on California Licensed and Out of State Facilities

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Guide to Online Information on California Licensed and Out of State Facilities

Author(s):

Maria Ramiu

Date:

6/2018

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

062918-Guide-to-Online-Information-on-California-Licensed-and-Out-of-State-Facilities.pdf

Legal/policy issues

Youth Arrests in Group Homes and Shelters

Youth Arrests in Group Homes and Shelters Handout

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Youth Arrests in Group Homes and Shelters Handout

Author(s):

Youth Law Center

Date:

7/2018

Document Type:

Training Materials

Document:

YLC-Roundtable-Presentation-070618.pdf

Juvenile justice legal issues

Juvenile Justice Overview Fact Sheet

Juvenile Justice Overview Fact Sheet

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Juvenile Justice Overview Fact Sheet

Author(s):

Youth Law Center

Date:

12/2017

Document Type:

Fact Sheets/Overviews

Document:

JJ-Overview-Fact-Sheet-December-2017.pdf

Foster care

Foster Care Overview Fact Sheet

Foster Care Overview Fact Sheet

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Foster Care Overview Fact Sheet

Author(s):

Youth Law Center

Date:

12/2017

Document Type:

Fact Sheets/Overviews

Document:

Foster-Care-Overview-FACT-SHEET-Dec-2017.pdf

Relatives/kinship care

Relative Caregiver Fact Sheet

Relative Caregiver Fact Sheet

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Relative Caregiver Fact Sheet

Author(s):

Youth Law Center

Date:

12/2017

Document Type:

Fact Sheets/Overviews

Document:

Relative-Caregiver-Fact-Sheet-DEC-2017.pdf

Kinship/guardianship

Kinship Guardianship Assistance Program

Kinship Guardianship Assistance Program Fact Sheet

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Kinship Guardianship Assistance Program Fact Sheet

Author(s):

Youth Law Center

Date:

12/2017

Document Type:

Fact Sheets/Overviews

Document:

Kinship-Guardianship-Assistance-Program-Dec-2017.pdf

Independent Living/Transition

Transitional Housing Placement Program (THPP) and Transitional Housing Placement-Plus Foster Care (THP+FC) – YLC Fact Sheet

Transitional Housing Placement Program (THPP) is a transitional housing placement for youth...

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Transitional Housing Placement Program (THPP) is a transitional housing placement for youth in foster care ages 16 to 18, and Transitional Housing Placement-Plus Foster Care (THP+FC) is a transitional housing placement for nonminor dependents (NMDs), ages 18 to 21. This fact sheet discusses these transitional housing placement programs which offer supervised transitional housing services to foster youth (under the supervision of the county welfare department or the probation department).

Author(s):

Youth Law Center

Date:

6/2017

Document Type:

Fact Sheets/Overviews

Document:

THPP-and-THPFC-Fact-Sheet-June-2017.pdf

Independent Living/Transition

Transitional House Program-Plus (THP-Plus) – YLC Fact Sheet

Transitional Housing Program-Plus (THP-Plus) is a transitional housing placement program designed to...

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Transitional Housing Program-Plus (THP-Plus) is a transitional housing placement program designed to provide housing and supportive services to former foster youth who are 18 to 24 years of age. This fact sheet discusses Transitional Housing Program-Plus.

Author(s):

Youth Law Center

Date:

6/2017

Document Type:

Fact Sheets/Overviews

Document:

THP-Plus-Fact-Sheet-June-2017.pdf

"Know your rights", Foster care, Foster parents, Permanency planning, Realignment of resources, Relatives/kinship care

Overview of the Foster Care System in California

Overview of the foster care system in California - Fact Sheet

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Overview of the foster care system in California - Fact Sheet

Author(s):

Maria Ramiu

Date:

4/2016

Document Type:

Fact Sheets/Overviews

Document:

Foster-Care-Overview-FACT-SHEET-040116.pdf

Detention, Disposition/placement, Juvenile justice legal issues, Juveniles in Jails/Prisons, Practice standards/guides, Right to Counsel, Trying juveniles as adults

Overview of the Juvenile Justice System in California

Overview of the juvenile justice system in Californai

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Overview of the juvenile justice system in Californai

Author(s):

Maria Ramiu

Date:

4/2016

Document Type:

Fact Sheets/Overviews

Document:

JJ-Overview-Fact-Sheet-Update-070116.pdf

Relatives/kinship care

Relative Caregivers

Fact sheet addresses issues regarding children in foster care who are placed...

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Fact sheet addresses issues regarding children in foster care who are placed with "kin" (relatives or non-related extended family members).

Author(s):

Maria Ramiu

Date:

4/2016

Document Type:

Fact Sheets/Overviews

Document:

Relative-Caregiver-Fact-Sheet-040116.pdf

Juvenile justice legal issues, Legal/policy analyses

A.M. v. Holmes Amicus Brief

Amicus brief filed with US Supreme Court in A.M. v. Holmes, challenging...

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Amicus brief filed with US Supreme Court in A.M. v. Holmes, challenging the arrest of a 13 year old New Mexico boy for "fake burping" and laughing in class (criminalizing normal behavior)

Author(s):

Children's Law Office, Youth Law Center

Date:

3/2017

Document Type:

Litigation Materials

Document:

AM-v-Holmes-amicus-brief-SCOTUS-2017-03-10.pdf

LWOP/extremely long sentences

This “Unsung Hero” was a Convicted Murderer Until Gov. Brown Set in Free

Article on former YLC Unsung Hero.

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Specific services/programs

Job Announcement – Director of Finance and Administration

Job Announcement - Director of Finance and Administration

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Job Announcement - Director of Finance and Administration

Author(s):

Jennifer Rodriguez

Date:

12/2016

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

YLC-Director-of-Finance-and-Administration.pdf

Specific services/programs

Job Announcement – Development and Communications Coordinator

Job Description for Development and Communications Coordinator

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Job Description for Development and Communications Coordinator

Author(s):

Jennifer Rodriguez

Date:

12/2016

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

YLC-Development-and-Communications-Coordinator.pdf

LWOP/extremely long sentences

S.B. 206/261 Resources

Resource list for SB 260/26 - Sentencing Review for Juveniles Tried as...

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Resource list for SB 260/26 - Sentencing Review for Juveniles Tried as Adults in California

Author(s):

Maria Ramiu

Date:

10/2016

Document Type:

Fact Sheets/Overviews

Document:

SB-260-261-Resource-Sheet-2016.pdf

LWOP/extremely long sentences

SB 260/261 Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet on S.B. 260/261 - Sentencing Review for Juveniles Tried as...

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Fact Sheet on S.B. 260/261 - Sentencing Review for Juveniles Tried as Adults in California

Author(s):

Maria Ramiu

Date:

10/2016

Document Type:

Fact Sheets/Overviews

Document:

SB-260-2261-Fact-Sheet-2016.pdf

Congregate care, Foster care, Legal/policy issues

AB 2813 Fact Sheet – Equitable Standards for Foster Youth

This fact sheet describing AB 2813, a bill that would protect children...

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This fact sheet describing AB 2813, a bill that would protect children and youth in foster care from being needlessly detained in juvenile halls solely due to their foster care status.

Author(s):

Assemblymember Bloom

Date:

3/2016

Document Type:

Fact Sheets/Overviews

Document:

AB-2813-Fact-Sheet.pdf

Congregate care, Foster care, Legal/policy issues

AB 2813 – Letter to Gov. Brown – request for signature

Letter to Governor Brown requesting signature on AB 2813, a bill to...

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Letter to Governor Brown requesting signature on AB 2813, a bill to protect children and youth in foster care from being needlessly detailed in juvenile hall solely due to their foster care status.

Author(s):

Virginia Corrigan

Date:

8/2016

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

AB-2813-Bloom-Request-for-Signature.pdf

Access to care/EPSDT, Transitional Medicaid

AB 1849: Fact Sheet

Fact sheet on AB 1849 (Gipson): Medi-Cal for Emancipating Foster Youth

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Fact sheet on AB 1849 (Gipson): Medi-Cal for Emancipating Foster Youth

Author(s):

Virginia Corrigan

Date:

3/2016

Document Type:

Fact Sheets/Overviews

Document:

Fact-Sheet-AB-1849-Gipson.pdf

Access to care, Access to care/EPSDT, Transitional Medicaid

AB 1849 – Request for Signature

Letter to Governor Brown requesting signature on AB 1849, a bill intended...

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Letter to Governor Brown requesting signature on AB 1849, a bill intended to reduce barriers to foster youth receiving uninterrupted Medi-Cal services as they exit care. YLC co-sponsored this bill.

Author(s):

Virginia Corrigan

Date:

8/2016

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

AB-1849-Gipson-Request-for-Signature.pdf

Enrollment/re-entry

AB 2306 – Request for Signature

Letter requesting Governor Brown's signature on SB 2306, a bill to give...

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Letter requesting Governor Brown's signature on SB 2306, a bill to give students transferring from juvenile court schools the same options to meet the state high school graduation requirements providing in existing law for foster youth.

Author(s):

Cat McCulloch

Date:

9/2016

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

AB-2306-request-for-signature.pdf

Detention, Disposition/placement, Legal/policy issues

SB 1143 Support Letter – Request for Signature

Letter to Governor Brown requesting his signature; a bill limiting use of...

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Letter to Governor Brown requesting his signature; a bill limiting use of solitary confinement for juveniles in detention in California.

Author(s):

Virginia Corrigan

Date:

9/2016

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

SB-1143-YLC-Request-for-Signature-Letter-9.2.16.pdf

Enrollment/re-entry

Brown signs Frazier bill allowing juvenile court students to earn diploma

article appearing in the Reporter.com on AB 2306

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article appearing in the Reporter.com on AB 2306

Author(s):

Richard Bammer

Date:

9/2016

Document Type:

YLC Quotes/Mentions

Document:

The-Reporter.Brown-Signs-Frazier-Bill-Allow-Juvenile-Court-Students-to-Earn-Diploma9.23.16.pdf

Access to care/EPSDT

Good Health Starts with Smart Screening

Article published in Chronicle of Social Change on SB 1466.

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Article published in Chronicle of Social Change on SB 1466.

Author(s):

Robin Goldfaden

Date:

9/2016

Document Type:

YLC Quotes/Mentions

Document:

chronicleofsocialchange.org-Good-Health-Starts-With-Smart-Screening.pdf

Access to care/EPSDT

SB 1466 Sponsor letter

YLC Letter to Senator Mitchell sponsoring SB 1466, a bill to ensure...

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YLC Letter to Senator Mitchell sponsoring SB 1466, a bill to ensure that trauma screening is incorporated into EPSDT services provided to at-risk youth receiving Medi-Cal benefits.

Author(s):

Robin Goldfaden

Date:

3/2016

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

SB-1466-Sponsor-letter-to-Mitchell-3.29.16.pdf

Access to care/EPSDT

#NAME?

Article in Chronicle of Social Change about SB 1466, a bill to...

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Article in Chronicle of Social Change about SB 1466, a bill to ensure that trauma screening is part of EPSDT benefit for children under 21 enrolled in Medi-Cal.

Link:

https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/opinion/good-health-starts-with-smart-screening/21444

Congregate care, Legal/policy issues

AB 2005 Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet on AB 2005; a bill that will put restrictions on...

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Fact Sheet on AB 2005; a bill that will put restrictions on out of state foster care placements for youth under the supervision of probation.

Author(s):

Robin Goldfaden

Date:

9/2016

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

AB2005-Fact-Sheet.pdf

Congregate care, Legal/policy issues

AB 2005 – Request for Signature

Letter to Governor Brown Requesting Signature on AB 2005, a bill which...

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Letter to Governor Brown Requesting Signature on AB 2005, a bill which will ensure that youth under probation supervision are placed in facilities outside of California only as a last resort.

Author(s):

Jennifer Rodriguez

Date:

9/2016

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

AB-2005-Request-for-Signature.pdf

Alternative education, Enrollment/re-entry

Counties turn to transition specialists to help students in court school succeed

Article discussing court schools and County Departments of Education starting to hire...

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Article discussing court schools and County Departments of Education starting to hire staff to help students in court schools transition to educational placements in their communities upon their release.

Author(s):

Michael Sollier

Date:

9/2016

Document Type:

YLC Financial Reports

Document:

EdSurce.Counties-Turn-to-transition-specialis-in-court-schools-to-succeed.pdf

Specific services/programs

Job Annoucement – Policy Advocate

Job Announcement for Policy Advocate

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Job Announcement for Policy Advocate

Author(s):

Jennifer Rodriguez

Date:

8/2016

Document Type:

YLC Quotes/Mentions

Document:

YLC-Policy-Advocate-Postion.pdf

Specific services/programs

Job Annoucement – Staff Attorney Position

Job Announcement for experience staff attorney

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Job Announcement for experience staff attorney

Author(s):

Jennifer Rodriguez

Date:

8/2016

Document Type:

YLC Quotes/Mentions

Document:

YLC-Staff-Attorney-Position.pdf

Enrollment/re-entry

Request for Depublication

Request for Depublication in In re Ivan N., an opinion issued by...

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Request for Depublication in In re Ivan N., an opinion issued by the California Court of Appeal holding that foster youth educational rights to not apply to probation supervised foster youth.

Author(s):

Maria Ramiu

Date:

7/2016

Document Type:

Litigation Materials

Document:

Ivan-N.-Request-for-Depublication.pdf

No Child Left Behind/other funding, Special education

Amicus Letter in Support of Petition for Review

Letter in support of Petition for Review in Campaign for Quality Education...

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Letter in support of Petition for Review in Campaign for Quality Education v. State of California; Robles-Wong v. State of California.

Author(s):

Robin Goldfaden

Date:

6/2016

Document Type:

Litigation Materials

Document:

AmicusLetterInSupportofPetitionforReview.pdf

Juvenile justice legal issues

In re Gault – Agenda

Agenda for August 5, 2015 ABA conference on In re Gault

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Agenda for August 5, 2015 ABA conference on In re Gault

Author(s):

ABA

Date:

7/2016

Document Type:

YLC Quotes/Mentions

Document:

Gault-Agenda.pdf

Juvenile justice legal issues

In Re Gault – Conference Flyer

Flyer for ABA Conference on "Fulfilling the Promise of Gault - Due...

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Flyer for ABA Conference on "Fulfilling the Promise of Gault - Due Process and Effective advocacy for Youth in the 21st Century. YLC is co-sponsor of this along with ABA Commission on Youth at Risk, ABA Criminal Justice Section, National Juvenile Defender Center and National Center for Youth Law.

Author(s):

ABA

Date:

7/2016

Document Type:

YLC Quotes/Mentions

Document:

ABA-Flyer-Gault.pdf

SSI/Social Security, Transitional Medicaid

Foster Care SSI Support Letter

Letter of support to SSA regarding extension of window for foster youth...

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Letter of support to SSA regarding extension of window for foster youth to apply for SSI benefits when transitioning out of foster care

Author(s):

Juvenile Law Center

Date:

2/2016

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

Foster-Care-SSI-Sign-On-Letter-2-4-16.pdf

Alternative education, English learner/migrant/homeless, Enrollment/re-entry, No Child Left Behind/other funding

Flyer for Forum on Court School

Announcement of Forum entitled "Education Reform's Missed Opportunity: Young People in California's...

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Announcement of Forum entitled "Education Reform's Missed Opportunity: Young People in California's Court Schools

Author(s):

New America Media

Date:

7/2016

Document Type:

Training Materials

Document:

Court-School-Education-Forum-Flyer.pdf

Enrollment/re-entry

YLC Fellowship Annoucement

Notice that YLC is seeking applications from third-year law students and judicial...

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Notice that YLC is seeking applications from third-year law students and judicial clerks who are interested in working on juvenile justice and child welfare advocacy issues and in applying for fellowships offered by the Skadden Fellowship Foundation, Equal Justice Works Foundation, or other sponsored fellowships for fellowship to begin in September 2017.

Author(s):

Maria Ramiu

Date:

6/2016

Document Type:

YLC Quotes/Mentions

Document:

Fellowship-for-Juvenile-Justice-Education-Project-Announcement.pdf

Legal Rights/Placement, Right to Counsel

Letter to Attorney General

Letter by Coalition of 177 children's rights, civil rights, faith based and...

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Letter by Coalition of 177 children's rights, civil rights, faith based and immigrant rights' groups urging AB to halt government's practice of pursing immigration proceedings against children who do not have counsel

Author(s):

Bruce Lesley

Date:

4/2016

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

Letter-to-AG-Lynch-re-counsel-for-immigrant-youth-4.29.16.pdf

Alternative education, Detention, Discipline/truancy, English learner/migrant/homeless, Enrollment/re-entry

Educators Routinely Ignore a Captive Audience- Schools in Juvenile Justice Get an F

Educators Routinely Ignore a Captive Audience - Schools in Juvenile Hall Get...

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Educators Routinely Ignore a Captive Audience - Schools in Juvenile Hall Get An F. - Article reporting on a study conducted by the Youth Law Center about the failure of juvenile court schools to educate youth.

Author(s):

Anna Challet

Date:

4/2016

Document Type:

YLC Quotes/Mentions

Document:

New-America-Media-Educators-Routinely-Ignore-a-Captive-Audience.pdf

Transitional Medicaid

Former Foster Care Enrolled in Medi-cal

Charts showing numbers of former foster youth enrolled in Medi-cal.

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Charts showing numbers of former foster youth enrolled in Medi-cal.

Author(s):

California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS)

Date:

4/2016

Document Type:

Fact Sheets/Overviews

Document:

Data-on-Medi-Cal-for-Former-Foster-Youth-4M-Data-Tables-and-Graphs.pdf

Access to care, Babies/young children, Early childhood, Foster care, Foster parents, Health care needs, Mental health needs, Specific services/programs, Specific services/programs

Letter from Jennifer Rodriguez to Commissioner Sanders

Letter from Jennifer Rodriguez to Commissioner Sanders appearing as an appendix to...

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Letter from Jennifer Rodriguez to Commissioner Sanders appearing as an appendix to final report of CECAMF

Author(s):

Jennifer Rodriguez

Date:

3/2016

Document Type:

YLC Quotes/Mentions

Document:

CECANF-Letter-from-Commissioner-Jennifer-Rodriguez.pdf

Access to care, Babies/young children, Early childhood, Foster care, Foster parents, Health care needs, Mental health needs, Specific services/programs, Specific services/programs

Fact Sheet: Within Our Reach: A National Strategy to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities

Key Findings and Recommendations of the report: Within Our Reach: A National...

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Key Findings and Recommendations of the report: Within Our Reach: A National Strategy to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities

Author(s):

Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities

Date:

3/2016

Document Type:

Fact Sheets/Overviews

Document:

CECANF-Report_Fact-Sheet-final-3.17.16.pdf

Access to care, Babies/young children, Early childhood, Foster care, Foster parents, Health care needs, Specific services/programs

Within Our Reach: A National Strategy to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities

Final report by the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities.

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Final report by the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities.

Author(s):

Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities

Date:

3/2016

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

CECANF-final-report-Within-Our-Reach-A-National-Strategy-to-Eliminate-Child-Abuse-and-Neglect-Fatalities.pdf

Access to care, Babies/young children, Early childhood, Foster care, Foster parents, Health care needs, Specific services/programs

Within Our Reach: A National Strategy to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities

Final report by the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities.

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Final report by the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities.

Author(s):

Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities

Date:

3/2016

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

CECANF-final-report-Within-Our-Reach-A-National-Strategy-to-Eliminate-Child-Abuse-and-Neglect-Fatalities.pdf

Discipline/truancy, English learner/migrant/homeless, Enrollment/re-entry, Gang profiling, Law enforcement in school, No Child Left Behind/other funding, Special education

Press Release – Educational Injustice

Press Release on the report "Educational Injustice: Barriers to Achievement and Higher...

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Press Release on the report "Educational Injustice: Barriers to Achievement and Higher Education for Youth in California's Juvenile Court Schools.

Author(s):

Youth Law Center

Date:

3/2016

Document Type:

YLC Financial Reports

Document:

Press-Release-Educational-Injustice.pdf

Discipline/truancy, English learner/migrant/homeless, Enrollment/re-entry, Gang profiling, Law enforcement in school, No Child Left Behind/other funding, Special education

Educational Injustice: Barriers to Achievement and Higher Education for Youth in California Juvenile Court Schools

Report by the Youth Law Center of the of the barriers to...

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Report by the Youth Law Center of the of the barriers to education for youth confined to detention facilities within California’s juvenile justice system. In the report, Youth Law Center examines areas of challenge for the system and fundamental ways in which court schools have missed opportunities to support youth in reaching their goals and having healthy futures. The report also offers recommendations for improvement and discusses innovative, replicable programs that engage youth and enable them to advance their educational outcomes and enroll in higher education. The report was funded by the California Wellness Foundation.

Author(s):

Youth Law Center

Date:

3/2016

Document Type:

Articles/Monographs

Document:

EDUCATIONAL-INJUSTICE.pdf

Alternative education, Discipline/truancy, English learner/migrant/homeless, Enrollment/re-entry, Gang profiling, Law enforcement in school, No Child Left Behind/other funding, Special education

Executive Summary: Educational Injustice: Barriers to Achievement and Higher Education for Youth in California Juvenile Court Schools

Summary of Report detailing a study of the education system for youth...

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Summary of Report detailing a study of the education system for youth confined to detention facilities within California’s juvenile justice system. In the report, entitled Educational Injustice: Barriers to Achievement and Higher Education for Youth in California Juvenile Court Schools, Youth Law Center examines areas of challenge for the system and fundamental ways in which court schools have missed opportunities to support youth in reaching their goals and having healthy futures. The report also offers recommendations for improvement and discusses innovative, replicable programs that engage youth and enable them to advance their educational outcomes and enroll in higher education. The report was funded by the California Wellness Foundation.

Author(s):

Youth Law Center

Date:

3/2016

Document Type:

Articles/Monographs

Document:

Educational-Injustice-Executive-Summary.pdf

Teen parenting

Just Beginning Issue Sheet

Sheet describing the need for the Just Beginning Program; the benefits the...

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Sheet describing the need for the Just Beginning Program; the benefits the program provides both the infant/child and the incarcerated father.

Author(s):

Ben Richeda

Date:

2/2014

Document Type:

Fact Sheets/Overviews

Document:

Issue-Sheet-JB-10.pdf

Teen parenting

Delivering Services to Incarcerated Teen Fathers: A Pilot Intervention to Increase the Quality of Father-Infant Interactions During Visitation

Article appearing in Psychological Services concerning analysis of a pilot intervention, the...

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Article appearing in Psychological Services concerning analysis of a pilot intervention, the Baby Elmo or Just Beginnings Program, which provides incarcerated teen fathers with parenting training and visitation with their children and their infants. The study looked at 41 incarcerated teen fathers and their infants ranging from 1 to 15 months. During individual sessions, a trained facilitator prepared fathers for visits with their children by introducing key concepts such as following the child's lead, using developmentally appropriate media to illustrate those concepts. After each training session, the incarcerated teen father interacted with his infant sand the visit was video recorded. Preliminary findings suggest that an intervention integrating visitation and appropriate media may be effective for incarcerated teen fathers.

Author(s):

Barr, Morin, Brito, Richeda, Rodriguez & Shauffer

Date:

11/2013

Document Type:

Articles/Monographs

Document:

Delivering-Services-to-Incarcerated-Fathers-A-Pilot-Intervention-to-Incraese-the-Quality-of-Father-Infant-Interactions-During-Visitation.pdf

Legal/policy issues

Press Release

Press release: Robin Goldfaden and Javier Stauring Join YLC

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Press release: Robin Goldfaden and Javier Stauring Join YLC

Author(s):

Jennifer Rodriguez

Date:

3/2016

Document Type:

YLC Quotes/Mentions

Document:

Press-Release.pdf

Legal Rights/Placement

In re Y.V. Opinion

Opinion from CA Court of Appeals in Y.V. . In the...

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Opinion from CA Court of Appeals in Y.V. . In the opinion, the appeals court reversed a juvenile court disposition that required the youth to be held in juvenile hall and turned over to ICE. It remanded the case to juvenile court to determine whether the case is moot, and if not, to select a disposition that serves the purposes of juvenile court law. The Attorney General's office agreed that the juvenile court misunderstood the scope of its discretion and did not object to the remand.

Author(s):

Court of Appeals

Date:

1/2016

Document Type:

Litigation Materials

Document:

YV-decision.pdf

Congregate care

State Policies on Non-Family Foster Care Settings

This paper surveys state policies that restrict congregate care for children and...

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This paper surveys state policies that restrict congregate care for children and youth in the foster care system and makes recommendations based on our research and experience.

Author(s):

Alice Bussiere

Date:

10/2015

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

State-Policies-on-Non-Family-Foster-Care-Settings-July-2015.pdf

AB 12

Job Annoucement

YLC Announcement for a Staff Attorney with with a minimum of seven...

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YLC Announcement for a Staff Attorney with with a minimum of seven years of experience in the juvenile justice and/or child welfare system.

Author(s):

Maria Ramiu

Date:

10/2015

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

YLC-Staff-Attorney-Position-2015.pdf

Congregate care

Request for Signature – AB 403

Letter to Governor Brown requesting signature on AB 403 (congregate care reform...

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Letter to Governor Brown requesting signature on AB 403 (congregate care reform bill).

Author(s):

Jennifer Rodriguez

Date:

9/2015

Document Type:

Legislative Materials

Document:

AB-403-Request-for-Signature.pdf

Juvenile justice legal issues

Shackling Juvenile in Transportation: Hobbling Fairness

Blog written by YLC Staff Attorney Sue Burrell regarding practice of shackling...

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Blog written by YLC Staff Attorney Sue Burrell regarding practice of shackling youth being transferred from juvnenile facilities to court in Contra Costa County.

Link:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sue-burrell/shackling-juveniles-in-tr_b_8032076.html

Legal Rights/Placement

Judge Increases Pressure on U.S. to Release Migrant Famiiles

NY Times article about enforcement of 1997 settlement in Flores v. Lynch,...

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NY Times article about enforcement of 1997 settlement in Flores v. Lynch, a case concerning the treatment unaccompanied children.The 1997 Flores Settlement Agreement establishes requirements for the release of minors who have been detained by immigration officials and specifies the types of facilities in which minors who have not been released can be held.

Author(s):

Julia Preston

Date:

8/2015

Document Type:

YLC Quotes/Mentions

Document:

NYT-8.22.15.Judge-Increases-Pressure-on-U.S-to-Release-Migrant-Families.pdf

Legal Rights/Placement

Order re Response to Order to Show Cause

Final Order enforcing the 1997 Flores Settlement Agreement in Flores v. Lynch,...

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Final Order enforcing the 1997 Flores Settlement Agreement in Flores v. Lynch, which established requirements for the release of minors who have been detained by immigration officials and specifies the types of facilities in which minors who have not been released can be held. I

Author(s):

District Court Judge Dolly Gee

Date:

8/2015

Document Type:

Litigation Materials

Document:

Flores-August-21-Order.pdf

"Know your rights"

A Judge’s Rebuke of Immigration Detention

NY Times editorial rebukes immigration detention of familie

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NY Times editorial rebukes immigration detention of familie

Author(s):

Editorial

Date:

8/2015

Document Type:

YLC Quotes/Mentions

Document:

A-Judge’s-Rebuke-of-Immigration-Detention-The-New-York-Times_8.5.15.pdf

Legal Rights/Placement

Minute Order in Flores v. Johnson

In Chambers Order by Judge Dolly Gee stating that immigrant children who...

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In Chambers Order by Judge Dolly Gee stating that immigrant children who are accompanied by a parent when they are detained by immigration officials are entitled to the protections of the Settlement Agreement in Flores v Johnson. The judge found the Department of Homeland Security and other defendants in violation of the Settlement Agreement and issued an order for the defendants to show cause why she should not issue an enforcement order.

Author(s):

Hon. Dolly Gee

Date:

7/2015

Document Type:

Litigation Materials

Document:

Flores-Minute-Order-re-Motion-to-Enforce-Settlement.pdf

Detention, Disposition/placement

Locked Up and Alone

Article exploring solitary confinement in juvenile facilities against the backdrop of SB...

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Article exploring solitary confinement in juvenile facilities against the backdrop of SB 124 (Leno), currently pending in the California Legislature.

Author(s):

Kelly Davis

Date:

6/2015

Document Type:

YLC Quotes/Mentions

Document:

Locked-Up-and-Alone-THE-CRIME-REPORT-June-29-2015.pdf

Legal Rights/Placement

In re Christian H. Decision

Decision in the case In re Christian H. .

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Decision in the case In re Christian H. .

Author(s):

Judge Pollock

Date:

6/2015

Document Type:

Litigation Materials

Document:

Christian-A.-decision.pdf

Collateral consequences

Collateral Consequences of Juvenile Court – Boulders on the Road to Good Outcomes

Article by YLC staff attorney Sue Burrell focuses on the damage...

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Article by YLC staff attorney Sue Burrell focuses on the damage caused by collateral consequences of juvenile court proceedings – the predictable as well as unanticipated impacts on young people’s ability to move forward in their lives and offers nine suggested ways to reduce collateral consequences. The article appears as a chapter in the published in newly released book A New Juvenile Justice System: Total Reform for a Broken System, published by the NYU Press.

Author(s):

Sue Burrell

Date:

5/2015

Document Type:

Articles/Monographs

Document:

Collateral-Consequences-of-Juvenile-Court-boulders-on-the-Road-to-Good-Outcomes.pdf

Foster care

CECANF Works Toward Development of a National Strategy

Article on the work of the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and...

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Article on the work of the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities

Author(s):

Children's Bureau Express

Date:

5/2015

Document Type:

YLC Quotes/Mentions

Document:

CECANF-Works-Toward-Development-of-National-Strategy.pdf

Competence to stand trial

CA Supreme Court Opinion in R.V.

CA Supreme Court Decision in in re R.V. - decision reversed a...

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CA Supreme Court Decision in in re R.V. - decision reversed a lower court decision which had found a 16 year-old Orange County boy competent to stand trial. The case raised two issues of first impression, including the question of who has the burden of proof in showing incompetence, and also, what the standard of appellate review is in juvenile competence cases.

Author(s):

CA Supreme Court

Date:

5/2015

Document Type:

Litigation Materials

Document:

RV-Cal.-Supreme-Court-Opinion.pdf

Foster care, Foster parents, Permanency planning

Presidential Proclamation — National Foster Care Month, 2015

Proclamation by President Obama naming May 2015 National Foster Care Month

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Proclamation by President Obama naming May 2015 National Foster Care Month

Author(s):

Barak Obama

Date:

4/2015

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

President-Proclaims-May-2015-National-Foster-Care-Month.pdf

Detention, Juvenile justice legal issues, Standards/enforcement

Letter to Santa Clara Board of Supervisors

Letter from YLC to Santa Clara Board of Supervisors opposing use of...

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Letter from YLC to Santa Clara Board of Supervisors opposing use of pepper spray in juvenile hall.

Author(s):

Sue Burrell

Date:

9/2014

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

Santa-Clara-Pepper-Spray-Letter-to-Board-of-Supervisors-9-25-14.pdf

Congregate care, Inspection/assessment material, Standards/enforcement

Investigations of CA Group Homes Marked By Delays and Uncertainty

ProPublica article about California Department of Social Services' failure to timely and...

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ProPublica article about California Department of Social Services' failure to timely and conclusively investigate hundreds of claims of misconduct and other problems in group homes that house the state's most trouble children/

Author(s):

Joaquin Sapien

Date:

4/2015

Document Type:

YLC Quotes/Mentions

Document:

ProPublica-4.15.15-Investigations-of-California-Group-Homes-Marked-by-Delays-and-Uncertainty.pdf

AB 12, AB 12, Dual jurisdiction

Bill to Extend Foster Care Benefits for Probation Youth Clears California Senate Committee

Article appearing in Chronicle of Social Change on SB 12, bill to...

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Article appearing in Chronicle of Social Change on SB 12, bill to grant extended foster care benefits to probation supervised youth.

Author(s):

Sawsan Morrar

Date:

4/2015

Document Type:

YLC Quotes/Mentions

Document:

The-Chronicle-of-Social-Change-4.15.pdf

AB 12, Dual jurisdiction

Angel Enters Foster Care through Probation’s Door

Article in Chronicle of Social Change about pending legislation, SB 12, to...

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Article in Chronicle of Social Change about pending legislation, SB 12, to extend foster care benefits to probation involved youth.

Author(s):

Daniel Heimpel

Date:

4/2015

Document Type:

YLC Quotes/Mentions

Document:

The-Chronicle-of-Social-Change-april-13-2015-Angel-Enters-Foster-Care-through-Probation-Door.pdf

AB 12, Dual jurisdiction

Widening Door on Extended Foster Care for Probation Youth

Articlein Chronicle of Social Change on how SB 12 will make it...

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Articlein Chronicle of Social Change on how SB 12 will make it easier for foster youth in probation to get extended foster care benefits.

Author(s):

Brian Rinker

Date:

3/2015

Document Type:

YLC Quotes/Mentions

Document:

Chronicle-of-Social-Change-Widening-Door-on-Extended-Foster-Care-for-Probation-Youth-March-26-2015.pdf

AB 12

SB 12 Support Letter

Letter to Senate Judiciary Committee in support of SB 12, a bill...

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Letter to Senate Judiciary Committee in support of SB 12, a bill to provide a support net to vulnerable former foster youth under the age of 21, who were excluded in prior legislative efforts to extend foster care to youth who require the assistance and protections of the child welfare system in a healthy transition to adulthood. SB 12 will ensure that foster youth who cross over to the juvenile justice system, who research shows have the most challenging experiences of all young adults who have exited foster care, retain access to the education, case management and housing resources through AB 12 that provide a critical support net for former foster youth.

Author(s):

Cat McCulloch, Jennifer Rodriguez

Date:

4/2015

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

SB-12-Support-letter-to-Senator-Jackson-4.8.15.pdf

Legal Rights/Placement

Amicus Curiae Brief – In re Y.V.

The Youth Law Center has applied for leave to file an amicus...

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The Youth Law Center has applied for leave to file an amicus brief in a second juvenile case pending in the California Court of Appeal in which the juvenile court ordered the youth turned over to federal immigration officials. The youth fled Honduras in 2013 to escape gang violence and the threat of gang indoctrination. He was arrested in 2014 and immediately admitted to possession of a controlled substance. Although his attorney asked that he be placed in a foster care or juvenile facility, the juvenile court ordered him detained and transferred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The amicus brief argues that the juvenile court’s disposition was not authorized by state law, that the court misunderstood the requirements of federal immigration law, and that the court failed to consider the youth’s best interest.

Author(s):

Keith Wuster

Date:

3/2015

Document Type:

Litigation Materials

Document:

AmicusBrief-RE-YV-pdf.pdf

"Know your rights", Teen parenting

Rights of Teen Parents in Foster Care

Fact Sheet on Rights of Teen Parents in Foster Care

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Fact Sheet on Rights of Teen Parents in Foster Care

Author(s):

Tyler Whittenberg

Date:

12/2014

Document Type:

Fact Sheets/Overviews

Document:

Rights-of-Teen-Parents-in-Foster-Care.pdf

"Know your rights", SSI/Social Security, Title IV-E funding

Foster Care Benefits

Fact Sheet on Foster Care Benefits available to foster youth.

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Fact Sheet on Foster Care Benefits available to foster youth.

Author(s):

Tyler Whittenberg

Date:

12/2014

Document Type:

Fact Sheets/Overviews

Document:

Foster-Care-Benefits.pdf

"Know your rights", Transitional Medicaid

Medi-cal Coverage Until 26: Health Care for Former Foster Youth

Fact Sheet on Medi-Cal Coverage for former foster youth, including who qualifies,...

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Fact Sheet on Medi-Cal Coverage for former foster youth, including who qualifies, how to sign up and what does it cover.

Author(s):

Tyler Whittenberg

Date:

12/2014

Document Type:

Fact Sheets/Overviews

Document:

KYR-Medi-Cal-Coverage-Until-26-Health-Care-for-Former-Foster-Youth.pdf

"Know your rights", A.B. 490/foster care education, Foster care, Teen parenting

Educational Rights as a Pregnant or Parenting Teen

Fact sheet on educational rights of pregnant or parenting teens.

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Fact sheet on educational rights of pregnant or parenting teens.

Author(s):

Tyler Whittenberg

Date:

12/2014

Document Type:

Fact Sheets/Overviews

Document:

Educational-Rights-of-Pregnant-or-Parenting-Teen.pdf

"Know your rights", A.B. 490/foster care education

Educational Rights of Foster Youth

Fact Sheet on educational rights of foster youth

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Fact Sheet on educational rights of foster youth

Author(s):

Tyler Whittenberg

Date:

12/2014

Document Type:

Fact Sheets/Overviews

Document:

Educational-Rights-of-Foster-Youth.pdf

Alternative education

Demand Letter to Ventura County Office of Education

This is a demand letter to the Ventura County Office of Education...

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This is a demand letter to the Ventura County Office of Education challenging its failure to comply with the provisions of the California Education Code concerning Independent Study. Their practices resulted in juvenile justice youth being involuntarily placed on Independent Study when they attempted to enroll in the county community school.

Author(s):

Franchesca Gonzalez, Deborah Escobedo

Date:

7/2014

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

Demand-Letter-to-VCOE-07-14-14.pdf

Enrollment/re-entry

Implementation Fact Sheet – AB 2276

This is a fact sheet explaining how advocates can ensure that AB...

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This is a fact sheet explaining how advocates can ensure that AB 2276 is actually implemented. This bill addresses the re-enrollment rights of juvenile justice youth when they transfer from a juvenile court school back into a regular school district.

Author(s):

Deborah Escobedo

Date:

1/2015

Document Type:

Fact Sheets/Overviews

Document:

AB-2276-Fact-Sheet-Implementation.pdf

Discipline/truancy

School to Nowhere – Web Resources

This provides a list of websites related to discipline, zero tolerance and...

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This provides a list of websites related to discipline, zero tolerance and other related issues.

Author(s):

Deborah Escobedo

Date:

11/2012

Document Type:

Fact Sheets/Overviews

Document:

School-to-Nowhere-Web-Resources.pdf

Alternative education

Final Template for School Board Hearing Request- COE – SB 1111

This is a template for a letter that advocates and community...

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This is a template for a letter that advocates and community stakeholders can send to county boards of education asking for a hearing on the implementation of SB 1111 and inquiring about the need to update policies to comply with the new law.

Author(s):

Deborah Escobedo

Date:

1/2015

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

Final-Template-for-School-Board-Hearing-Request-SB-1111___COE.pdf

Alternative education

Final Template for School Board Hearing Request – SB 1111

This is template for a letter that advocates and community stakeholders can...

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This is template for a letter that advocates and community stakeholders can send to local school district boards asking for a hearing on the implementation of SB 1111 and inquiring about the need to update policies to comply with the new law.

Author(s):

Deborah Escobedo

Date:

1/2015

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

Final-Template-for-School-Board-Hearing-Request-SB-1111.pdf

Alternative education

Sample Public Records Request – SB 1111

This is a sample Public Records Act request that advocates can send...

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This is a sample Public Records Act request that advocates can send to County Offices of Education to determine to what extent they are implementing the provisions of SB 1111 which governs transfers to county community schools.

Author(s):

Deborah Escobedo

Date:

1/2015

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

Sample-Public-Records-Request-SB-1111.pdf

A.B. 490/foster care education

Education Web Resources

This handout lists various links to resources on the internet related to...

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This handout lists various links to resources on the internet related to the educational rights of foster youth in California.

Author(s):

Deborah Escobedo

Date:

1/2015

Document Type:

Fact Sheets/Overviews

Document:

Education-Web-Resources.pdf

Enrollment/re-entry

The Need for Transition Services for California’s Juvenile Justice Youth (Fact Sheet)

This fact sheet provides data and research references concerning the need for...

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This fact sheet provides data and research references concerning the need for formalized transition plans and services for juvenile justice once they are released from detention.

Author(s):

Deborah Escobedo

Date:

1/2013

Document Type:

Fact Sheets/Overviews

Document:

The-Need-for-Transition-Services-for-CAs-Juvenile-Justice-Youth.pdf

Enrollment/re-entry

“Reenrollment of Juvenile Justice Fact Sheet”

This fact sheet provides relevant data concerning the re-enrollment of juvenile justice...

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This fact sheet provides relevant data concerning the re-enrollment of juvenile justice into regular schools once they have been released from detention.

Author(s):

Deborah Escobedo

Date:

1/2012

Document Type:

Fact Sheets/Overviews

Document:

Reenrollment-of-Juvenile-Justice-Youth.pdf

Discipline/truancy

“Breaking Developments in CA School Discipline & Juvenile Justice”

This power point was presented at the LAAC Traveling Training on November...

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This power point was presented at the LAAC Traveling Training on November 2, 2012 in Ontario, California. The panel was described as follows: "This presentation will summarize new developments in discipline laws that have come under fire in California because of their demonstrated disparate impact on students of color, and other discipline related initiatives that advocates are involved in to try to reduce the over reliance on exclusionary school practices. Additionally the presenters will look at the intersection of discipline with School Attendance Review Boards and truancy related juvenile proceedings."

Author(s):

Deborah Escobedo, Cynthia Rice

Date:

11/2012

Document Type:

Training Materials

Document:

Breaking-Developments-in-CA-School-Discipline-Juvenile-Justice.pdf

Discipline/truancy

Letter “Sign AB 420 to Support Civil Rights” (August 15, 2013)

This is a letter submitted to Governor Brown urging him to sign...

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This is a letter submitted to Governor Brown urging him to sign AB 420, a bill that would reduce the use of EC Section 48900(k) (willful defiance) as a grounds for suspension and expulsion in California schools. The letter was signed by YLC’s Director, Jennifer Rodriguez, and 21 other Civil Rights and legal directors, including Jesse Jackson, Cruz Reynoso and Dolores Huerta.

Author(s):

Jennifer Rodriguez, Jesse Jackson, Cruz Reynoso, Delores Huerta

Date:

8/2013

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

AB-420-Civil-Rights-Letter-to-Gov-Brown-FINAL1.pdf

Discipline/truancy

What Sacramento is Saying About School Discipline

This power point was presented to school district personnel attending the California...

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This power point was presented to school district personnel attending the California Endowment's "Central Valley Educational Leadership Institute" on October 10, 2012 in Fresno California. The power point provides a summary of the new discipline reform bills that were signed into law during the 2011-2012 legislative session.

Author(s):

Deborah Escobedo

Date:

10/2012

Document Type:

Training Materials

Document:

What-Sacramento-is-Saying-About-School-Discipline-Read-Only.pdf

Discipline/truancy

Exclusion and Push-Out Power Point

This is a power point that addresses issues related to the disproportionate...

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This is a power point that addresses issues related to the disproportionate impact of discipline policies, involuntary placements in alternative schools, and the impact policies governing truancy and SARB referrals. The power point was prepared for the LAAC traveling training held on November 9, 2011 in Fresno.

Author(s):

Deborah Escobedo, Cynthia Rice

Date:

11/2011

Document Type:

Training Materials

Document:

Exclusion-and-Push-Out-Power-Point-Read-Only.pdf

Discipline/truancy

School to Nowhere – Web Resources

This provides a list of websites related to school discipline, zero tolerance...

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This provides a list of websites related to school discipline, zero tolerance and other related issues.

Author(s):

Deborah Escobedo

Date:

11/2012

Document Type:

Fact Sheets/Overviews

Document:

School-to-Nowhere-Web-Resources.pdf

Transitional Medicaid

Advocates letter to CDHSC re former foster youth and IAP 24 Month Roadmap

Letter from children's advocacy coalition to CDHCS regarding problems enrolling former foster...

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Letter from children's advocacy coalition to CDHCS regarding problems enrolling former foster youth in Medi-Cal through the single Streamlined Application on-line portal and urging programming changes that prioritize foster youth immediately.

Author(s):

Jessica Haspel, Alice Bussiere

Date:

2/2015

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

Advocates-letter-re-Former-Foster-Youth-CalHEERs-and-IAP-roadmap.pdf

Legal Rights/Placement, Standards/enforcement

Public Comments from Youth Advocates on DHHS ORR PREA Commnets

Public Comments from Youth Advocates on Department of Health and Human Services'...

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Public Comments from Youth Advocates on Department of Health and Human Services' Interim Final Rule to Prevent, Detect, and Respond to Sexual Abuse and Sexual Harassment Involving Unaccompanied Children.

Author(s):

Dana Schoenberg, Alice Bussiere

Date:

2/2015

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

DHHS-ORR-PREA-Comments-Youth-Organizations-Final-Letter-with-Sign-Ons.pdf

Mental health needs, Specific services/programs, Standards/enforcement

Senate panel examines why California foster system addicted to psychiatric drugs

Article about February 24, 2015 hearing before the Human Services Committee about...

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Article about February 24, 2015 hearing before the Human Services Committee about the over-use of psychotropic medications on foster youth.

Author(s):

Karen de Sa

Date:

2/2015

Document Type:

YLC Quotes/Mentions

Document:

Santa-Cruz-Sentinel-Senate-panel-examines-why-CA-foster-system-addicted-to-psychiatric-drugs-2.24.15.pdf

Detention, Disposition/placement, Standards/enforcement

San Diego City Beat “Legislation seeks to end isolation in juvenile facilities”

Article in San Diego City Beat on SB 124 (Leno), a in...

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Article in San Diego City Beat on SB 124 (Leno), a in the California legislature that would limit the use of isolation in juvenile facilities in California,

Author(s):

Kelly Davis

Date:

2/2015

Document Type:

YLC Quotes/Mentions

Document:

Legislation-Seeks-to-End-Isolation-in-Juvenile-Facilities-San-Diego-CityBeat-2-4-15.pdf

Congregate care, Foster care

I want to be there when he graduates: Foster parents show higher levels of commitment than group care providers

YLC co-authored this study which showed greater commitment of foster parents to...

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YLC co-authored this study which showed greater commitment of foster parents to children than group home providers. Study published in Children and Youth Services Review 51, 2015 95-100.

Link:

http://authors.elsevier.com/a/1QZi5hNfKUvIX

Legal Rights/Placement

Brief of Amici Curiae Youth Law Center and Public Counsel Law Center

Amicus Brief of Youth Law Center and Public Counsel in the Matter...

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Amicus Brief of Youth Law Center and Public Counsel in the Matter of Christian H., a case pending in the California Court of Appeal, in which a youth’s immigration status prevailed over consideration of his rehabilitation and best interest. The youth was adjudicated delinquent after admitting to possession of a controlled substance. The probation department recommended releasing him to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and argued that an out of home placement order would violate federal law. The court placed him on probation but ordered him to serve time served in juvenile hall plus two days to facilitate his transfer to ICE. The amicus brief argues that the court and the probation department relied on a flawed interpretation of federal law, that the juvenile court disposition violated state laws and a San Francisco ordinance, and that the youth was treated differently because of him immigration status. Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP. is representing YLC and Public Counsel in the matter.

Author(s):

Nitin Jindal

Date:

2/2015

Document Type:

Litigation Materials

Document:

Amicus-Brief-in-the-Matter-of-Christian-H..pdf

Congregate care, Detention, Inspection/assessment material, Legal/policy issues, Standards/enforcement

AB 388: What Group Home Staff Need to Know

Fact Sheet on AB 388: What Group Home Staff Need to...

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Fact Sheet on AB 388: What Group Home Staff Need to Know. AB 388, which takes effect January 1, 2015, is a new law specifically intended to reduce the frequency of law enforcement involvement and delinquency petitions arising from incidents at group homes.

Author(s):

Youth Law Center, ChildrenNow, East Bay Children's Law Office, Public Counsel

Date:

1/2015

Document Type:

Fact Sheets/Overviews

Document:

AB-388-What-Group-Home-Staff-Need-to-Know.pdf

Congregate care, Detention, Inspection/assessment material, Legal/policy issues, Standards/enforcement

AB 388: What Youth Advocates Need to Know

Fact Sheet on AB 388: What Youth Advocates Need to Know....

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Fact Sheet on AB 388: What Youth Advocates Need to Know. AB 388, a new law which takes effect January 1, 2015, is specifically intended to reduce the frequency of law enforcement involvement and delinquency petitions arising from incidents at group homes.

Author(s):

Youth Law Center, ChildrenNow, East Bay Children's Law Office, Public Counsel

Date:

1/2015

Document Type:

Fact Sheets/Overviews

Document:

AB-388-What-Youth-Advocates-Need-to-Know.pdf

Congregate care, Detention, Inspection/assessment material, Legal/policy issues, Standards/enforcement

AB 388: New Protections for Youth In Group Homes

Fact Sheet on AB 388, a new law taking effect January 1,...

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Fact Sheet on AB 388, a new law taking effect January 1, 2015, designed to prevent unnecessary law enforcement involvement in group homes. What Youth Need to know about the new law.

Author(s):

Youth Law Center, ChildrenNow, East Bay Children's Law Office, Public Counsel

Date:

1/2015

Document Type:

Fact Sheets/Overviews

Document:

AB-388-New-Protections-for-Youth-in-Group-Homes.pdf

Congregate care, Detention, Inspection/assessment material, Legal/policy issues, Standards/enforcement

AB 388: What Social Workers Need to Know

Fact sheet for social workers on AB 388: a new law taking...

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Fact sheet for social workers on AB 388: a new law taking effect January 1, 2015, designed to prevent unnecessary policy involvement in group homes and reduce the use of locked detention before trial for foster youth.

Author(s):

Youth Law Center, ChildrenNow, East Bay Children's Law Office, Public Counsel

Date:

1/2014

Document Type:

Fact Sheets/Overviews

Document:

AB-388-What-Social-Workers-Need-to-Know.pdf

Legal Rights/Placement

Motion to Enforce Settlement

Motion to Enforce Settlement and Memorandum in Support of Motion to Enforce...

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Motion to Enforce Settlement and Memorandum in Support of Motion to Enforce Settlement of Class Action (Flores v. Johnson).

Author(s):

Carlos Holguin, Alice Bussiere

Date:

2/2015

Document Type:

Litigation Materials

Document:

Flores-Notice-of-Motion-and-Memorandum-to-Enforce-Settlement.pdf

Legal Rights/Placement

Press Release

Press Release on Motion to Enforce Settlement Agreement in Flores v. Johnson

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Press Release on Motion to Enforce Settlement Agreement in Flores v. Johnson

Author(s):

Carlos Holguin

Date:

2/2015

Document Type:

YLC Quotes/Mentions

Document:

FloresPressRelease020215.pdf

Transitional Medicaid

DHCS Flyer re Medi-Cal for Former Foster Youth

Flyer from DHCS on Medi-Cal for former foster youth ---who qualifies...

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Flyer from DHCS on Medi-Cal for former foster youth ---who qualifies and how to sign up,

Author(s):

DHCS

Date:

1/2015

Document Type:

Fact Sheets/Overviews

Document:

FFY-Flyer-1-26-15.pdf

Transitional Medicaid

ACWDL 14-41 – Enrollment in the Former Foster Care Children’s (FFCC) Program for Mandatory Coverage Group and Optional Coverage Group County Process for Medi-Cal Applicants

The purpose of this All County Welfare Directors Letter (AWCDL) is to...

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The purpose of this All County Welfare Directors Letter (AWCDL) is to provide County Department of Social Services (Counties) with guidance on the handling of the former foster care youth in the Mandatory Coverage Group and Optional Coverage Group.

Author(s):

State of Calfornia -Dept. of Health Care Services

Date:

12/2014

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

ACWDL-14-41-enrollment-in-former-foster-care-childrens-program-for-mandatory-coverage.pdf

Alternatives to incarceration/JDAI, Collateral consequences, Detention, Disposition/placement, Juvenile justice legal issues, Legal/policy analyses, Realignment of resources

Sticker Shock: Calculating the Full Price Tag for Youth Incarceration

Report by the Justice Policy Institute outlining the costs of juvenile incarceration.

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Report by the Justice Policy Institute outlining the costs of juvenile incarceration.

Author(s):

Justice Policy Institute

Date:

12/2014

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

sticker_shock_final_v2.pdf

Alternatives to incarceration/JDAI, Collateral consequences, Detention, Disposition/placement, Juvenile justice legal issues, Legal/policy analyses, Realignment of resources

Juvenile Justice Can Be Less Expensive and More Effective

Op-ed by YLC Staff Attorney Sue Burrell on the cost of juvenile...

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Op-ed by YLC Staff Attorney Sue Burrell on the cost of juvenile detention published by the Sacramento Bee

Author(s):

Sue Burrell

Date:

12/2014

Document Type:

YLC Quotes/Mentions

Document:

Sacramento-Bee-12.12.14-Op-Ed-Juvenile-Justice-Can-Be-Less-Expensive-and-More-Effective.pdf

"Know your rights", AB 12, AB 12, Access to care/EPSDT, Alternatives to incarceration/JDAI, Congregate care, Foster care, Independent Living/Transition, Inmate Exclusion, Kinship/guardianship, Legal Rights/Placement, Mental Health Services Act, Permanency planning, Placement delay, Relatives/kinship care, Specific Services, SSI/Social Security, Title IV-E funding, Transitional Medicaid

Legal Rights of Teens in Out of Home Care (2014)

This booklet, based on California law, covers some of the concerns of...

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This booklet, based on California law, covers some of the concerns of a youth in out-of-home care, including types of placements, guardianship, independent living, role of the courts, visitation, confidentiality, pregnancy, money, religion, driving, emancipation and rights and responsibilities of youth in out-of-home care, group or foster homes

Author(s):

YLC

Date:

9/2014

Document Type:

Fact Sheets/Overviews

Document:

legal-rights-of-teens-2014.pdf

Alternative education, Discipline/truancy

California takes on harsh discipline and academic inequities for black, latino students

Article by Center for Public Integrity on school discipline and push out...

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Article by Center for Public Integrity on school discipline and push out of Black and Latino youth in California’s education system. Article quotes Sue Burrell.

Author(s):

Susan Ferriss

Date:

10/2014

Document Type:

YLC Quotes/Mentions

Document:

Ctr.-for-Public-Integrity-CA-takes-on-harsh-discipline-and-academic-inequalities.10.29.14.pdf

Congregate care, Dual jurisdiction, Foster care

Letter from YLC sponsoring AB 388

Letter to Assembly Member Wesley Chesbro co-sponsoring SB 388

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Letter to Assembly Member Wesley Chesbro co-sponsoring SB 388

Author(s):

Maria Ramiu

Date:

3/2014

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

AB-388-sponsor-letter.pdf

Congregate care, Dual jurisdiction, Foster care

AB 388 Chaptered Text

Text of AB 388, bill requiring oversight on the use of law...

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Text of AB 388, bill requiring oversight on the use of law enforcement in group homes, limiting the unnecessary secure detention of foster youth and providing the same protections for foster youth that non-foster youth living at home with parents routinely receive when the come into contact with the delinquency system.

Author(s):

Chesbro

Date:

10/2014

Document Type:

Legislative Materials

Document:

AB388-Chaptered.pdf

Adolescence, Disposition/placement, LGBTQ, Trying juveniles as adults

Prison for Teen Who Lit “Agender” Youth’s Skirt on Fire Thwarts Healing

Blog, by Youth Law Center Staff Attorney Sue Burrell, for the Huffington...

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Blog, by Youth Law Center Staff Attorney Sue Burrell, for the Huffington Post, on the sentencing of a teen who was tried as an adult.

Author(s):

Sue Burrell

Date:

10/2014

Document Type:

YLC Quotes/Mentions

Document:

Prison-for-Teen-Who-Lit-Agender-Youths-Skirt-on-Fire-Thwarts-Healing-HuffPost-10-22-14.pdf

Enrollment/re-entry

Chaptered Text AB 2276

Text of AB 2276

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Text of AB 2276

Author(s):

Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra

Date:

8/2014

Document Type:

Legislative Materials

Document:

ab_2276_bill_20140930_chaptered.pdf

Enrollment/re-entry

YLC Letter in Support of AB 2276

Letter in Support of AB 2276, a bill addressing the re-enrollment rights...

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Letter in Support of AB 2276, a bill addressing the re-enrollment rights of juvenile justice youth.

Author(s):

Deborah Escobedo

Date:

8/2014

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

YLC-Support-Letter-to-Governor-AB-2276.pdf

Alternative education, Enrollment/re-entry

SB 1111 Chaptered Text

The text of SB 1111 addressing transfer rights of students referred to...

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The text of SB 1111 addressing transfer rights of students referred to county community schools.

Author(s):

State Senator Ricardo Lara

Date:

8/2014

Document Type:

Legislative Materials

Document:

sb_1111_bill_20140929_chaptered1.pdf

Alternative education, Enrollment/re-entry

YLC Letter in Support of SB 1111

Letter by YLC Staff Attorney Deborah Escobedo requesting the Governor's signature on...

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Letter by YLC Staff Attorney Deborah Escobedo requesting the Governor's signature on SB 1111. This bill addresses the transfer rights of students referred to county community schools, makes the statute consistent with state and federal laws governing the educational placement rights of foster care and homeless youth, and closes an existing loophole in the discipline code which allows students who have won their expulsion hearing to be denied their right to return to a comprehensive school.

Author(s):

Deborah Escobedo

Date:

8/2014

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

YLC-Letter-of-Support-SB-1111-Governor-Brown.pdf

Relatives/kinship care

Relative Caregivers

This fact sheet addresses issues regarding children in foster care who are...

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This fact sheet addresses issues regarding children in foster care who are placed with "kin" (relatives or non-related extended family members).

Author(s):

Maria Ramiu

Date:

10/2014

Document Type:

Fact Sheets/Overviews

Document:

RelativeCaregiversFactSheet-2014.pdf

Foster care

Overview of the Foster Care System in California

This is a fact sheet giving an overview of the foster care...

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This is a fact sheet giving an overview of the foster care system in California.

Author(s):

Maria Ramiu

Date:

10/2014

Document Type:

Fact Sheets/Overviews

Document:

Overview-of-the-Foster-Care-System-in-California-2014.pdf

Detention, Disposition/placement, Juvenile justice legal issues, Right to Counsel, Trying juveniles as adults

Overview of the Juvenile Justice System in California

An overview of the juvenile justice system in Calfiornia,

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An overview of the juvenile justice system in Calfiornia,

Author(s):

Maria Ramiu

Date:

10/2014

Document Type:

Fact Sheets/Overviews

Document:

OverviewJuvenileJusticeSystem2014.pdf

Adoption, Adoption assistance

Adoption Assistance Program – A Fact Sheet

A Fact Sheet describing the Adoption Assistance Program in California.

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A Fact Sheet describing the Adoption Assistance Program in California.

Author(s):

Maria Ramiu

Date:

10/2014

Document Type:

Fact Sheets/Overviews

Document:

Adoption-Assistance-Fact-Sheet-2014.pdf

Alternatives to incarceration/JDAI, Detention, LGBTQ

Op-Ed: Incarcerating Disturbed Youth Is a Flawed Response

YLC staff attorney Sue Burrell, wrote an op ed piece for the...

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YLC staff attorney Sue Burrell, wrote an op ed piece for the CT Mirror, Incarcerating Disturbed Youth is a Flawed Response (LINK to uploaded article), published September 22, 2014. The piece follows Connecticut's decisions to lock a transgender teenager, first in an adult women's facility in Connecticut, and then in a boys' institution. The piece discusses the important of preventing cross-over into the juvenile justice system of youth whose problems, like Jane Doe's, stem from chronic abuse and mental health issues. It points to the negative impact of incarceration on these youth, urges the importance of developing individualized non-institutional services to meet their needs, and offers several resources to assist in that goal

Author(s):

Sue Burrell

Date:

9/2014

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

Incarcerating-Disturbed-Youth-is-a-Flawed-Response-CT-Mirror-9-22-14.pdf

Juvenile records/court proceedings

Press Release

Press Release Regarding Opposition to Closure of Santa Barbara Juvenile Court.

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Press Release Regarding Opposition to Closure of Santa Barbara Juvenile Court.

Author(s):

Virginia Corrigan

Date:

9/2014

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

PRESS-RELEASE-Final.pdf

Juvenile records/court proceedings

Letter in Opposition to Proposed Closure of Santa Barbara Juvenile Court

Letter to Court Executive Officer Darrell Parker of Santa Barbara, detailing the...

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Letter to Court Executive Officer Darrell Parker of Santa Barbara, detailing the problems associated with the proposed closing of the Santa Barbara Juvenile Court.

Author(s):

Virginia Corrigan

Date:

9/2014

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

Letter-Opposing-Santa-Barbara-Juvenile-Court-Closure.pdf

Detention

SF Gate (AP).Groups Seeks Probe Into Pepper Spray Use

AP article appearing in SFGate.com on Complaint filed with DOJ over use...

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AP article appearing in SFGate.com on Complaint filed with DOJ over use of pepper spray in San Diego juvenile detention facilities.

Author(s):

Julie Watson

Date:

7/2014

Document Type:

YLC Quotes/Mentions

Document:

SF-Gate.com_.Groups-Seek-Probe-Into-Pepper-Spray.7.28.pdf

Detention

SD Tribune article – Pepper Spray, Searches Draw Complaint

Article in San Diego Union Tribune on Complaint filed with DOJ over...

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Article in San Diego Union Tribune on Complaint filed with DOJ over Use of Pepper Spray in San Diego juvenile detention centers.

Author(s):

Mark Walker

Date:

7/2014

Document Type:

YLC Quotes/Mentions

Document:

San-Diego-Union-Tribune.Pepper-Spray-Searches-Draw-Complaint.7.28.14.pdf

Detention

San Diego City Beat – Civil Rights Groups Blast San Diego County Over Pepper Spray in Juvenile Halls

article in Sn Diego City Beat on DOJ complaint filed over pepper...

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article in Sn Diego City Beat on DOJ complaint filed over pepper spray use in San Diego juvenile halls

Link:

http://www.sdcitybeat.com/sandiego/article-13253-civil-rights-groups-blast-san-diego-county-over-pepper-spray-in-juvenile-halls.html

Detention

San Diego Union Tribune (AP) – Groups Seek Probe Into Pepper Spray Use

Article appearing in the San Diego Union Tribune on complaint filed with...

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Article appearing in the San Diego Union Tribune on complaint filed with DOJ by Youth Law Center and other groups on use of pepper spray on youth in San Diego juvenile detention facilities

Author(s):

Julie Watson

Date:

7/2014

Document Type:

YLC Quotes/Mentions

Document:

San-Diego-Union-Tribune-Groups-Seek-Probe-Into-Pepper-Spray-Use.pdf

Detention

San Diego City Beat “Civil Rights Groups Blast San Diego County over Pepper Spray in Juvenile Halls

Article by Dave Maass and Kelly Davis on DOJ Complaint filed by...

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Article by Dave Maass and Kelly Davis on DOJ Complaint filed by Youth Law Center over use of pepper spray in San Diego juvenile halls

Author(s):

Dave Maass

Date:

7/2014

Document Type:

YLC Quotes/Mentions

Document:

San-Diego-City-Beat.7.28.2014.Civil-Rights-Groups-Blast-San-Diego-County-Over-Pepper-Spray-in-Juvenile-Halls.pdf

Detention

Press Release

Press Release on DOJ Complaint Over Pepper Spray in San Diego Juvenile...

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Press Release on DOJ Complaint Over Pepper Spray in San Diego Juvenile Halls

Author(s):

Sue Burrell

Date:

7/2014

Document Type:

YLC Quotes/Mentions

Document:

San-Diego-Pepper-Spray-Press-Release-Final.pdf

Detention, Juvenile justice legal issues

DOJ Complaint

Complaint to the Department of Justice over Pepper Spray and Mistreatment of...

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Complaint to the Department of Justice over Pepper Spray and Mistreatment of Youth in San Diego Juvenile Halls.

Author(s):

Sue Burrell, Virginia Corrigan, Deborah Escobedo, Maria Ramiu

Date:

7/2014

Document Type:

Litigation Materials

Document:

DOJ-Complaint.pdf

Discipline/truancy

SB 1296

SB 1296 was signed into law on June 27, 2014 by Governor...

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SB 1296 was signed into law on June 27, 2014 by Governor Jerry Brown. The bill bans incarceration as a contempt sanction for youth adjudicated as truants. It was co-sponsored by Youth Law Center

Author(s):

Mark Leno

Date:

6/2014

Document Type:

Legislative Materials

Document:

sb_1296_bill_20140628_chaptered.pdf

Teen parenting

My Brother’s Keeper Task Force Report to the President May 2014

First Progress Report to the President by the My Brother's Keeper Task...

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First Progress Report to the President by the My Brother's Keeper Task Force Initiative on fatherhood. Report reference work of YLC's Baby Elmo Program.

Author(s):

My Brother's Keeper Task Force

Date:

5/2014

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

MBK-Report-to-the-President-May-2014.pdf

Juvenile justice legal issues, Trying juveniles as adults

Lawmaker Modifies Sex-Assault Bill Targeting Teens

Article in SF Gate regarding modification of SB 838 by removing two...

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Article in SF Gate regarding modification of SB 838 by removing two year mandatory minimum sentencing requirements

Author(s):

Don Thompson

Date:

6/2014

Document Type:

YLC Quotes/Mentions

Document:

SF-Gate-AP-Don-Thompson-Lawmaker-Modifies-Sexual-Assault-Bill-Targeting-Teens.pdf

Legal/policy analyses, Trying juveniles as adults

Letter to Senate Appropriations Committee

Letter to Senate Appropriations Committee re: costs of SB 838

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Letter to Senate Appropriations Committee re: costs of SB 838

Author(s):

Sue Burrell

Date:

5/2014

Document Type:

Document:

SB-838-Letter-to-Senate-Appropriations-Committee.pdf

Legal/policy analyses, Trying juveniles as adults

Letter to Senate Public Safety Committee – SB 838 – Oppose

Letter to Senate Public Safety Committee opposing SB 828, a bill that...

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Letter to Senate Public Safety Committee opposing SB 828, a bill that would create a new crime for "sexting" and impose mandatory minimum sentences.

Author(s):

Sue Burrell

Date:

4/2014

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

SB-838-Letter-to-Senate-Public-Safety-Committee-oppose.pdf

Legal/policy analyses, Trying juveniles as adults

Letter to Assembly Public Safety Committee – SB 838 – Oppose

Letter to Assembly Public Safety Committee Opposing SB 838 - a bill...

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Letter to Assembly Public Safety Committee Opposing SB 838 - a bill that would create of new crime for "sexting" and impose mandatory minimum sentences.

Author(s):

Sue Burrell

Date:

5/2014

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

SB-838-Letter-to-Assembly-Public-Safety-Oppose.pdf

Legal/policy analyses, Trying juveniles as adults

SJ Mercury News Article on SB 838

Article discusses controversial bill SB 838 "Audrie's Law" which would create a...

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Article discusses controversial bill SB 838 "Audrie's Law" which would create a new crime for "sexting", reduce confidentiality in juvenile court hearings, and expand the number of juveniles tried in the adult criminal system. The article quotes YLC Staff Attorney Sue Burrell,

Author(s):

Jessica Calefati

Date:

6/2014

Document Type:

YLC Quotes/Mentions

Document:

San-Jose-Mercury-News-juvenile-rape-legislation-6.22.14.pdf

Congregate care

Consensus statement on group care for children and adolescents: A statement of policy of the American Orthopsychiatric Association

Abstract

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LWOP/extremely long sentences

Amicus Curiae Brief of PJDC and YLC

Amicus Curiae Brief of PJDC and YLC in People v. Gutierrez

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Amicus Curiae Brief of PJDC and YLC in People v. Gutierrez

Author(s):

Pacific Juvenile Defender Center and Youth Law Center

Date:

9/2013

Document Type:

Litigation Materials

Document:

PJDC-YLC-Amicus-Brief-in-Gutierrez-S206365.pdf

LWOP/extremely long sentences

People v. Gutierrez – CA Supreme Court opinion

Decision of California Supreme Court in People v. Gutierrez

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Decision of California Supreme Court in People v. Gutierrez

Author(s):

California Supreme Court

Date:

5/2014

Document Type:

Litigation Materials

Document:

Gutierrez-Cal-Supreme-COurt-opinion-5-5-14-S206365.pdf

Transitional Medicaid

Children Now Flyer re: Medi-Cal for Former Foster Youth (San Bernardino County)

Flyer on Medi-Cal for former foster youth in San Bernardino County (do...

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Flyer on Medi-Cal for former foster youth in San Bernardino County (do I quality, how to sign up, what is covered)

Author(s):

Children Now

Date:

4/2014

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

Coveredtil26_YouthFlyer-SanBernardino.pdf

Transitional Medicaid

Children Now Flyer re Medi-Cal for Former Foster Youth In Imperial County

Flyer on Medi-Cal for former foster youth in Imperial County (what is...

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Flyer on Medi-Cal for former foster youth in Imperial County (what is covered; how to sign up)

Author(s):

Children Now

Date:

4/2014

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

Coveredtil26_YouthFlyer-Imperial.pdf

Health care needs

Psychotropic sign -on letter

Letter to Senators Reid and McConnell, signed by 100 advocacy organizations, urging...

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Letter to Senators Reid and McConnell, signed by 100 advocacy organizations, urging support of new initiative designed to encourage states and tribes to reduce the inappropriate use and over-prescription of psychotropic medications to children and youth in foster care and instead provide evidence-based psychosocial interventions.

Author(s):

First Focus, numerous

Date:

4/2014

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

Psychotropic-Sign-On-Letter-4-15.pdf

Division of Juvenile Facilities, Realignment of resources

The Legislature’s Role in Juvenile Justice Reform: a California Example

PDF of blog by Sue Burrell written for the National Council on...

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PDF of blog by Sue Burrell written for the National Council on Crime and Delinquency's website regarding the California Legislature's role in fxing the State's jvuenile justice system.

Author(s):

Sue Burell

Date:

4/2011

Document Type:

Articles/Monographs

Document:

The-Legislatures-Role-in-Juvneile-Justice-Reform-A-California-Example.pdf

Division of Juvenile Facilities, Realignment of resources

The Legislature’s Role in Juvenile Justice Reform: A California Example

Blog by Sue Burrell appearing on the website of National Council of...

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Blog by Sue Burrell appearing on the website of National Council of Crime & Delinquency regarding California Legislature's role in fixing state's juvenile justice system.

Link:

http://nccdglobal.org/blog/the-legislature-s-role-in-juvenile-justice-reform-a-california-example

Transitional Medicaid

Fact Sheet: Medi-Cal Eligibility for Former Foster Youth Under the Affordable Care Act

Fact sheet on who is eligible for Medi-Cal eligibility under the Affordable...

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Fact sheet on who is eligible for Medi-Cal eligibility under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA recognizes that young adults may have difficulty obtaining affordable, comprehensive health care coverage on their own. As a result, the ACA permits young adults to remain on their parents’ health insurance until the age of 26. For youth who emancipate from foster care and do not have access to health insurance through their parents, the ACA provides continued coverage through Medicaid. The Medicaid program in California is known as Medi-Cal.

Author(s):

Youth Law Center, National Health Law Program

Date:

4/2014

Document Type:

Fact Sheets/Overviews

Document:

Medi-Cal-Fact-Sheet-040414.pdf

Transitional Medicaid

Legal Referral List – Medi-Cal for Former Foster Youth: Health Advocates

Referral list of programs that provide legal assistance for people having trouble...

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Referral list of programs that provide legal assistance for people having trouble getting Medi-Cal or other health care services.

Author(s):

Youth Law Center, The Health Care Alliance, National Health Law Program

Date:

4/2014

Document Type:

Fact Sheets/Overviews

Document:

MCFFY-County-Legal-Referral-formatted-040314.pdf

Teen parenting

KPCC Interview with Ben Richeda on Baby Elmo Program – article

This is an interview with Ben Richeda broadcast on KPCC, 89.3 on...

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This is an interview with Ben Richeda broadcast on KPCC, 89.3 on March 20, 2014 about the Baby Elmo Program.

Author(s):

Shirley Jahad

Date:

3/2014

Document Type:

YLC Quotes/Mentions

Document:

KPCC-Radio-Innovative-program-reaches-out-to-incarcerated-teenage-fathers.pdf

Teen parenting

KPCC Bably Elmo Interview

This is a short interview on Radio Station KPCC 89.3 in Los...

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This is a short interview on Radio Station KPCC 89.3 in Los Angeles, broadcast March 30, 2014, interviewing Ben Richeda about the Baby Elmo Program.

Link:

http://www.scpr.org/news/2014/03/30/43124/innovative-program-reaches-out-to-incarcerated-tee/

Legal/policy analyses

Experts Concerned That LA County Youth Not Always Well Served by the Juvenile Justice system

News article on the appointed counsel system for delinquency cases in...

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News article on the appointed counsel system for delinquency cases in Los Angeles County.

Author(s):

Gary Cohn

Date:

3/2014

Document Type:

Articles/Monographs

Document:

Experts-Concerned-that-LA-County-Youth-Not-Always-Well-Served-by-the-Juvenile-Justice-System.pdf

Transitional Medicaid

Webinar on Medi-Cal for Former Foster Youth (video)

Webinar on Medi-Cal for Former Foster Youth (video)

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Webinar on Medi-Cal for Former Foster Youth (video)

Link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1udL2WovV4&feature=youtu.be

Transitional Medicaid

Webinar on Medi-Cal for Former Foster Youth (powerpoint)

Webinar (powerpoint) on Medi-Cal for Former Foster Youth

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Webinar (powerpoint) on Medi-Cal for Former Foster Youth

Link:

http://www.childrennow.org/uploads/documents/Medi-Cal-Coverage-FFY.pdf

Transitional Medicaid

Children Now floyer re: Medi-cal for Former Foster Youth (Fresno County)

Flyer on Medi-Cal for former foster youth (Fresno County)

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Flyer on Medi-Cal for former foster youth (Fresno County)

Author(s):

Children Now

Date:

2/2014

Document Type:

Fact Sheets/Overviews

Document:

Coveredtil26_YouthFlyer-Fresno.pdf

Transitional Medicaid

Children Now Flyer re: Medi-Cal for Former Foster Youth (Alameda County)

Flyer on Medi-Cal for former foster youth (Alameda County)

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Flyer on Medi-Cal for former foster youth (Alameda County)

Author(s):

Children Now

Date:

2/2014

Document Type:

Fact Sheets/Overviews

Document:

Alameda_County_Youth_Flyer.pdf

Transitional Medicaid

Children Now Flyer re: Medi-Cal for Former Foster Youth (Solano County)

Flyer on Medi-Cal for former foster youth (Solano County)

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Flyer on Medi-Cal for former foster youth (Solano County)

Author(s):

Children Now

Date:

2/2014

Document Type:

Fact Sheets/Overviews

Document:

Coveredtil26_YouthFlyer-Solano.pdf

Transitional Medicaid

Children Now Flyer re: Medi-Cal for Former Foster Youth (Santa Clara County)

Flyer on Medi-Cal for former foster youth (Santa Clara County)

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Flyer on Medi-Cal for former foster youth (Santa Clara County)

Author(s):

Children Now

Date:

2/2014

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

Coveredtil26_YouthFlyer-SantaClara.pdf

Transitional Medicaid

Children Now Flyer on Medi-Cal for Former Foster Youth (Los Angeles County)

Flyer on Medi-Cal for former foster youth (how to sign up in...

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Flyer on Medi-Cal for former foster youth (how to sign up in Los Angeles County)

Author(s):

Children Now

Date:

2/2014

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

Coveredtil26_YouthFlyer-LA.pdf

Legal/policy issues, Standards/enforcement

YLC Statement on Solitary Confinement

Statement of the Youth Law Center, Reassessing Solitary Confinemnet II: The Human...

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Statement of the Youth Law Center, Reassessing Solitary Confinemnet II: The Human Rights, Fiscal and Public Safety Consequences, Hearing Before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights

Author(s):

Sue Burrell

Date:

2/2014

Document Type:

Legislative Materials

Document:

YLC-Statement-on-Solitary-Confinement-2-25-14.pdf

Transitional Medicaid

Children Now Fact Sheet on Medi-Cal for Former Foster Youth

Fact sheet on Medi-Cal for former foster youth

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Fact sheet on Medi-Cal for former foster youth

Author(s):

Children Now

Date:

2/2014

Document Type:

Fact Sheets/Overviews

Document:

Coveredtil26_Factsheet.pdf

Transitional Medicaid

Children Now Flyer re Medi-Cal for Former Foster Youth (California)

Flyer on Medi-Cal for former foster youth

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Flyer on Medi-Cal for former foster youth

Author(s):

Children Now

Date:

2/2014

Document Type:

Fact Sheets/Overviews

Document:

Coveredtil26_YouthFlyer.pdf

Access to care

Letter Supporting Bicameral Therapeutic Foster Care Bills

This letter supports passage of S. 1992 and H.R. 4016, bipartisan, bicameral...

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This letter supports passage of S. 1992 and H.R. 4016, bipartisan, bicameral bills, also known as the Quality Foster Care Services Act of 2014.

Author(s):

Foster Family-based Treatment Association

Date:

2/2014

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

Letter-supporting-bicameral-TFC-definition-bills.pdf

Transitional Medicaid

CWDA Former Foster Care Children Desk Aid

Information of FFCC eligiblity requirements, including outreach form and aplication

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Information of FFCC eligiblity requirements, including outreach form and aplication

Author(s):

CWDA

Date:

1/2014

Document Type:

Fact Sheets/Overviews

Document:

CWDA-FFCC-Desk-Aid.pdf

Transitional Medicaid

Medi-Cal Application for Former Foster Youth

Application and Statement of Facts for an Individual who is Over 18...

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Application and Statement of Facts for an Individual who is Over 18 and Under 26 and Who was in Foster Care Placement on His or Her 18th Birthday

Author(s):

Department of Health Care Services

Date:

1/2014

Document Type:

Legislative Materials

Document:

mc250a-20141-2a.pdf

Transitional Medicaid

DHCS Medi-Cal Eligibility Division Informational Letter

Treatment of Former Foster Care Children's Program

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Treatment of Former Foster Care Children's Program

Author(s):

Department of Health Care Services

Date:

1/2014

Document Type:

Legislative Materials

Document:

Released-FFCC-MEDIL-I-14-05-Jan-17.pdf

Legal/policy issues, Standards/enforcement

Protecting Youth in the PREA National Standards

These are public comments from youth advocates on proposed standards for the...

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These are public comments from youth advocates on proposed standards for the implementation of the National Prison Rape Elimination Act. Although the organizatons support many of the draft regulations, they recommend several revisions that are necessary to fulfill PREA’s mandate and protect youth in secure custody. This publication includes recommendations for the following key issues: • PREA Coordinators • Staffing • Employee training • Definition of “sexual abuse” • Searches of transgender and intersex residents • Housing decisions for transgender and intersex residents • Limits on cross-gender viewing • Victimization of LGBTI and gender nonconforming youth • Sexual harassment • Isolation • Discipline • Accommodations for youth with limited English proficiency • Exhaustion of administrative remedies • Audits • Youth in adult facilities

Author(s):

Several Advocacy Organizations

Date:

4/2011

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

PREA_Youth_Comments_0.pdf

Realignment of resources

Juvenile Justice Reform: Realigning Responsibilities

Realizing the state could not afford to comply with the Farrell consent...

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Realizing the state could not afford to comply with the Farrell consent decree, in 2007, policy-makers acted to reduce the number of youth offenders housed in state facilities by enacting realignment legislation which shifted responsibility to the counties for all but the most serious youth offenders. This major step had long been recommended by youth advocates and experts, and by this Commission in 1994 and 2005, as many counties had demonstrated they were more effective and efficient in managing and rehabilitating youth offenders. As part of the realignment, the state made the historic commitment to provide counties with the money to pay for the programs and services for the shifted population. The Commission took the opportunity to evaluate the realignment as it unfolded with the goal of making recommendations on areas in which the state could improve. This study focused on two key areas of California’s juvenile justice system: -Implementation of the realignment and what it will take to be successful and efficient. -Effective management of the small number of youth offenders who, under the realignment legislation, will remain at the state level.

Author(s):

Little Hoover Commission

Date:

7/2008

Document Type:

Articles/Monographs

Document:

report192-Little-Hoover-Commission-Report.pdf

Division of Juvenile Facilities, Legal/policy issues

Joint Informational Hearing on the California Youth Authority, May 16, 2000

In response to recent disclosures concerning the California Youth Authority, on May...

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In response to recent disclosures concerning the California Youth Authority, on May 16, 2000, the Senate and Assembly Public Safety Committees held a joint oversight hearing. The Committees heard eleven witnesses concluding with testimony from Robert Presley, Secretary of the Youth and Adult Correctional Agency and Jerry Harper, the newly appointed Director of the Youth Authority. Sue Burrell, attorney with the Youth Law Center, was one of the eleven witnesses and described how her firm sued the CYA in 1989 over its failure to provide adequate special education services. Although the suit was settled quickly in 1990, YLC has spent 10 years trying to secure CYA’s compliance with the requirements laid out in the consent decree reached in the case. While compliance has reached acceptable minimum standards in 8 out of 10 institutions, Burrell testified that at Nelles and YTS, less than 50% of the legally required services are being provided. A major problem with the delivery of special education services is in the "lock-down" units, where wards are confined to their cells for 23 hours a day, often for months at a time, Burrell stated. A U.S. Justice Department study was cited indicating that the CYA is among only 4% of youth training facilities nationwide that place no limit on how long wards may be held in isolation. She described how those wards in the lock-down units who are allowed out of their cells for education are brought out wearing only their underwear and receive their instruction in individual metal cages. Burrell submitted that the problems with delivery of special education services are related to the system-wide failure to provide regular educational services. She cited rigid rules at the CYA which result in wards being held out of school because, for example, they are in Phase One or orientation. Burrell also testified that Youth Law Center recently has filed another suit against the CYA for its failure to obtain State licensing of its medical facilities, as required by law since 1996. She also stated that in 1996, five Youth Authority wards committed suicide; four of these wards were waiting for intensive treatment program beds. Research

Author(s):

California Legislature

Date:

5/2000

Document Type:

Legislative Materials

Document:

Joint-Informational-Hearing-on-the-California-Youth-Authority-May-16-2000.pdf

Division of Juvenile Facilities, Legal/policy issues

Violence-Prone Youth Authority Still Fails Its Children, Its Taxpayers – Daily Journal Forum Column

Article in the Daily Journal Forum Column about efforts to reform the...

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Article in the Daily Journal Forum Column about efforts to reform the California Youth Authority (DJJ) that began with the Prison Law Office filing Farrell v. Harper and that more needs to be done.

Author(s):

Sue Burrell and Jonathan Laba

Date:

4/2006

Document Type:

Articles/Monographs

Document:

Daily-Journal-CYA-4-6-06.pdf

Division of Juvenile Facilities, Legal/policy issues

California Juvenile Justice Reform in the 21st Century (So Far)

This 2006 presentation at the California Public Defender Association meeting in Monterey...

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This 2006 presentation at the California Public Defender Association meeting in Monterey covers changes at the California Youth Authority (DJJ) because of lawsuit, legislative efforts to introduce the Missouri model, and defender mobilization.

Author(s):

Sue Burrell

Date:

1/2006

Document Type:

Articles/Monographs

Document:

CPDA-California-JJ-Reform-21st-C-Jan-06.pdf

Legal/policy issues, Training school

Letter to the Texas Juvenile Justice Department re Proposed Changes to Pepper Spray Regulations

This letter expresses YLC concerns regarding proposed changes to pepper spray regulations...

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This letter expresses YLC concerns regarding proposed changes to pepper spray regulations in Texas. It has a lot of background on legal and professional standards as well as the damage to youth caused by pepper spray

Author(s):

Sue Burrell

Date:

11/2013

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

Ltr-to-Texas-Juv-Justice-Dept-re-changes-to-pepper-spray-regs-11-8-13.pdf

AB 12

Transition Planning and Support for Tribal Youth – Powerpoint Presentation

This powerpoint presentation was presented during the training on Tribal Youth in...

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This powerpoint presentation was presented during the training on Tribal Youth in Transition in collaboration with the Youth Law Center, the Yurok Tribe,the California Indian Legal Services, and the Alliance for Children’s Rights at the Yurok Tribal Community Center in Klamath California on November 20, 2013. The training covered AB 12, which extends support for eligible youth after age 18, and focused on the specific needs of tribal youth as they move into adulthood. Participants included tribal social workers, child welfare and probation staff from Humboldt and Del Norte Counties, school district personnel, CASAs, and staff from youth serving agencies.

Author(s):

Youth Law Center, Yurok Tribe, California Indian Legal Services, and Alliance for Children’s Rights

Date:

11/2013

Document Type:

Training Materials

Document:

Transitional-Planning-Tribal-Youth-111513.pdf

Transitional Medicaid

DHCS Responses to Advocates’ Questions

In a question and answer format, the California Department of Health Care...

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In a question and answer format, the California Department of Health Care Services Medi-Cal Eligibility Division answers advocates questions regarding the Affordable Care Act and Former Foster Youth.

Author(s):

YLC/DHCS

Date:

10/2013

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

FFCCAdvocates.pdf

LWOP/extremely long sentences

Overview of S.B. 260 (Hancock) Sentencing Review for Juveniles Tried as Adults in California

Factsheet on SB 260 that decribes the problem, S.B. 260 and how...

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Factsheet on SB 260 that decribes the problem, S.B. 260 and how S.B. 260 is to be implemented.

Author(s):

Sue Burrell

Date:

10/2013

Document Type:

Fact Sheets/Overviews

Document:

SB-260-Fact-Sheet-Final-10-4-13.docx

Legal Rights/Placement

Letter Urging Senate to Pass Children Immigration Reform S. 744

This letter urges the senate to: -Protect S.744’s pathway to citizenship for...

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This letter urges the senate to: -Protect S.744’s pathway to citizenship for the 11 million, including the DREAM Act, and ensure that the youngest DREAMers have access to the same 5-year pathway to citizenship as older DREAMers -Support efforts to provide equal access to health services and programs that are critical to children’s health and well-being, and defend against efforts to further limit children’s access to these programs -Defend access to critical income supports for children and families, such as the Child Tax Credit (CTC) and Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), and defend against efforts to prevent low-income immigrant families from accessing the path to citizenship and income supports -Support proposals that would promote family unity and protect the provisions in S.744 that keep families together, including improvements to the family-based immigration system; the ability of immigration judges to consider hardship to children in removal and inadmissibility decisions; and the provision that would provide a means for certain removed immigrants, such as parents of U.S. citizen children and DREAM-eligible youth, to return to the U.S. and apply for citizenship -Protect the provisions in S.744 that would ensure that immigration enforcement measures no longer needlessly separate families or cause harm to children -Defend the provisions in S.744 that would improve protections for unaccompanied immigrant children, including access to legal representation and improved screening and training mechanisms for immigration enforcement personnel, and support efforts to further ensure that immigration enforcement actions duly consider the best interest of the child

Author(s):

Several Advocacy Organizations

Date:

6/2013

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

Children-Senate-Immigration-Reform-Letter-FINAL.pdf

Legal Rights/Placement

Amendments to S. 744 That Affect Children and Families

The First Focus Campaign for Children (FFCC) is committed to advocating for...

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The First Focus Campaign for Children (FFCC) is committed to advocating for passage of immigration reform that addresses the specific needs and interests of children. As the Senate continues deliberation of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S.744), FFCC will be working to defend the provisions in the bill that keep families together and promote children’s well-being, defend against attacks on children and families, and support amendments that will improve outcomes for children. This is a list of amendments that FFCC has determined could benefit or harm children and families. This list will be updated accordingly as amendments are filed.

Author(s):

First Focus Campaign for Children

Date:

6/2013

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

Child-Amendments-to-S744-2013-06-18-1252.pdf

Transitional Medicaid

California Affordable Care Act Amendment re Medi-Cal for Former Foster Youth

Section 14005.28 of the California Welfare and Institutions Code. This section...

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Section 14005.28 of the California Welfare and Institutions Code. This section shall become operative January 1, 2014.

Author(s):

Alice Bussiere

Date:

10/2013

Document Type:

Training Materials

Document:

California-ACA-Amendment.pdf

Teen parenting

Developing an Effective Intervention for Incarcerated Teen Fathers – The Baby Elmo Program

The absence of a father figure has been linked to very poor...

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The absence of a father figure has been linked to very poor developmental outcomes. The Baby Elmo Program, a parenting and structured visitation program, aims to form and maintain bonds between children and their incarcerated teen fathers. The program is taught and supervised by probation staff in juvenile detention facilities. This intervention is based on building a relationship between the teen and his child, rather than on increasing the teen’s abstract parenting knowledge. Because the intervention is conducted in the context of parent–child visits, it fosters hands-on learning and increases the opportunity for contact between these young fathers and their children, a benefit in itself. An evaluation of the program indicated improvements in quality of interactions and communication; this increase in the interactional quality of the relationship increases the likelihood that the father and child will form and maintain a positive relationship.

Author(s):

Natalie Brito, Rachel Barr, Carole Shauffer, Jennifer Rodriguez

Date:

5/2012

Document Type:

Articles/Monographs

Document:

Britoetal2012.pdf

Teen parenting

The Baby Elmo Program: Improving Teen Father–Child Interactions within Juvenile Justice Facilities

The aim of the Baby Elmo Program is to establish a low-cost,...

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The aim of the Baby Elmo Program is to establish a low-cost, sustainable parenting and structured visitation program for non-custodial incarcerated teen parents. The program is taught and supervised by probation staff in juvenile detention facilities and unlike traditional programs, this intervention is not based on increasing the teen's abstract parenting knowledge, but rather in building a relationship between the teen and his child. The sessions target the interactional quality of the relationship by introducing relationship, communication, and socio-emotional enhancing techniques. Because the intervention is conducted in the context of parent–child visits, it fosters hands-on learning and increases the opportunity for contact between these young parents and their children, a benefit in itself. Twenty father–infant dyads, with infants ranging in age from 6 to 36 months, participated in the present preliminary evaluation of the program. Individual growth curve analyses showed significant gains in five of six measures of emotional responsiveness with the age of infant as a significant covariate. These results indicate improvements in positive high quality interactions and communication during sessions between infants and their incarcerated parents and this increase in the interactional quality of the relationship increases the likelihood that the incarcerated teen and child will form and maintain a positive relationship with one another.

Author(s):

Rachel Barr, Natalie Brito, Jaclyn Zocca, Samantha Reina, Jennifer Rodriguez, Carole Shauffer

Date:

12/2010

Document Type:

Articles/Monographs

Document:

Barretal2011.pdf

Teen parenting

Juveniles in Custody Taught Parenting Skills

The Sacramento Press articie profiles the Baby Elmo Program that teaches parenting...

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The Sacramento Press articie profiles the Baby Elmo Program that teaches parenting skills to incarcerated juveniles.

Link:

http://www.sacramentopress.com/headline/46564

Teen parenting

County’s Baby Elmo Program Reunites Incarcerated Teen Parents with Their Children

Noozhawk article highlights the success of the Baby Elmo Program in teaching...

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Noozhawk article highlights the success of the Baby Elmo Program in teaching parenting skills to incarcerated juveniles with children.

Link:

http://www.noozhawk.com/article/011312_santa_barbara_county_baby_elmo_program/

Teen parenting

Rehabilitative Program Strengthens Family Bonds

This Daily Nexus article discusses how the Bably Elmo Program is strengthening...

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This Daily Nexus article discusses how the Bably Elmo Program is strengthening family bonds between infants and their parents in juvenile detention facilities.

Link:

http://dailynexus.com/2012-01-20/rehabilitative-program-strengthens-family-bonds/

Teen parenting

Teen Dads Behind Bars Receive Parenting Skills with the Baby Elmo Program

An ABC local news station in Cleveland, Ohio highlights the success of...

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An ABC local news station in Cleveland, Ohio highlights the success of our Baby Elmo Program about how incarcerated juvenile fathers are gaining parenting skills.

Link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhxkx7SVp-I&feature=youtu.be

Teen parenting

Classes Turning Incarcerated Juvenile Fathers into Dads

The Chronicle of Social Change article features our Baby Elmo Program and...

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The Chronicle of Social Change article features our Baby Elmo Program and its role in reduing recidivism and strengthening connections.

Link:

https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/news/classes-turning-incarcerated-juvenile-fathers-into-dads/3727

LWOP/extremely long sentences

Juveniles and California’s Criminal Justice System – FCLCA.org Newsletter

In this interview with Sue Burrell, she discusses SB 260 that offers...

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In this interview with Sue Burrell, she discusses SB 260 that offers hope to young people who were sentenced to lengthy adult prison terms. The interview begins on page 4 in the Summer 2013 issue of the Friends Committee on Legislation of California Newsletter.

Link:

http://www.fclca.org/images/stories/pdfs/summer2013revised.pdf

Legal/policy issues, Mental health needs

Trauma and the Environment of Care in Juvenile Institutions

This article is about trauma and the environment of care – the...

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This article is about trauma and the environment of care – the way detention itself and conditions of confinement affect youth, and some of the things that can be done to mitigate it. This is one of a great series of briefs specifically relating to trauma and youth in the juvenile justice system sponsored by The National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

Author(s):

Sue Burrell

Date:

2/2013

Document Type:

Articles/Monographs

Document:

jj_trauma_brief_environofcare_burrell_final.pdf

LWOP/extremely long sentences

FCLCA Newsletter Summer 2013

YLC Staff Attorney Sue Burrell was interviewed by the Friends Committee on...

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YLC Staff Attorney Sue Burrell was interviewed by the Friends Committee on Legislation of California (FCLCA) about legislation that would provide an opportunity for review of lengthy sentences for juvenile tried as adults.

Author(s):

Friends Committee on Legislation of California

Date:

8/2013

Document Type:

YLC Quotes/Mentions

Document:

FCLCA-2013-Newsletter-Interview-with-Sue-Burrell.pdf

Legal/policy analyses

Profile of Honorable Tomar Mason

This article profiles YLC Board Member Honorable Tomar Mason.

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This article profiles YLC Board Member Honorable Tomar Mason.

Author(s):

Saul Sugarman

Date:

5/2013

Document Type:

YLC Quotes/Mentions

Document:

Daily-Journal-Profile-on-Judge-Tomar-Mason.pdf

Right to Counsel

The Right to an Attorney in California Juvenile Delinquency Cases

This is a fact sheet describing the right to an attorney in...

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This is a fact sheet describing the right to an attorney in California juvenile delinquency proceedings.

Author(s):

Sue Burrell

Date:

7/2013

Document Type:

Fact Sheets/Overviews

Document:

Right-to-an-Attorney-in-Juvenile-Delinquency-Cases.doc

Legal Rights/Placement

The Humane Enforcement and Legal Protections (HELP) for Separated Children Act

This is a summary of the Humane Enforcement and Legal Protections (HELP)...

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This is a summary of the Humane Enforcement and Legal Protections (HELP) for Separated Children Act that builds upon humanitarian protections proposed and enacted by the Bush and Obama administrations to protect children whose parents are involved in immigration enforcement actions, and to keep children out of the child welfare system when such involvement is not necessary to ensure children's safety.

Author(s):

Senator Al Franken and Senator Chuck Grassley

Date:

5/2013

Document Type:

Legislative Materials

Document:

HELP-Separated-Children-Amendment-Summary-FINAL-FOR-CIRCULATION-Sign-ons-5-6-13.pdf

SSI/Social Security

SSI Restoration Act (H.R. 1601) Summary

This is a summary of the SSI Restoration Act, H.R. 1601, introduced...

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This is a summary of the SSI Restoration Act, H.R. 1601, introduced by Representative Raúl M. Grijalva (Arizona). The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program funds foster care for children with disabilities and is an important source of support for children with disabilities in low income families. The Act would modernize and streamline eligibility rules that have not been updated since 1972 when President Nixon signed the law that created the program. Among other improvements, the Act would increase the resource limit to $10,000, which would bring it into alignment with the rule for federal foster care benefits. Congress raised the resource limit for foster care benefits to $10,000 in 1999 to allow youth aging out of foster to save money and prepare for their transition out of state care.

Author(s):

Raul M. Grijalva

Date:

4/2013

Document Type:

Legislative Materials

Document:

SSI-Restoration-Act.pdf

Practice standards/guides

SB 166 – Bill re Training Juvenile Delinquency Attorneys

SB 166 requires Judicial Council to establish minimum hours of training and...

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SB 166 requires Judicial Council to establish minimum hours of training and education necessary in order to be appointed as counsel in delinquency proceedings. These training hours may be counted toward the minimum continuing legal education hours required by the State Bar of California. California lawyers are already required to complete (and pay for) 25 hours of continuing legal education every three years with four of those hours being in ethics, one on substance abuse and one on the elimination of bias.

Author(s):

Carol Liu

Date:

2/2013

Document Type:

Legislative Materials

Document:

SB-166-Senate-Bill-INTRODUCED.htm

Practice standards/guides

SB 166 Fact Sheet: Training for Juvenile Delinquency Attorneys

Factsheet for SB 166 that would require Judicial Council to establish minimum...

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Factsheet for SB 166 that would require Judicial Council to establish minimum hours of training and education necessary in order to be appointed as counsel in delinquency proceedings. These training hours may be counted toward the minimum continuing legal education hours required by the State Bar of California. California lawyers are already required to complete (and pay for) 25 hours of continuing legal education every three years with four of those hours being in ethics, one on substance abuse and one on the elimination of bias.

Author(s):

Carol Liu's Office

Date:

2/2013

Document Type:

Legislative Materials

Document:

SB-166-Training-for-Juvenile-Deliquency-Attorneys.pdf

AB 12, AB 12 Probation

What Caregivers Need to Know about AB 12 for Probation Involved Youth: Getting & Staying Eligible – A Power Point Presentation

This power point covers planning issues caregivers need to consider before the...

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This power point covers planning issues caregivers need to consider before the youth’s 18th birthday including permanency options (guardianship, adoption, permanent planned living arrangements) and the impact of those options on extended supports under AB 12(extended foster care, Kin-GAP, AAP) and other benefits. Special issues relative caretakers face regarding placement orders and the impact of those orders on eligibility are also covered.

Author(s):

Youth Law Center

Date:

2/2013

Document Type:

Training Materials

Document:

Final-Getting-Staying-Eligible-022012Session-2.pdf

AB 12, AB 12 Probation

What Caregivers Need to Know about AB 12 for Probation Involved Youth: Placements – Options, Limitations & Regulations – A Power Point Presentation

This power point covers the new foster family licensing regulations and placement...

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This power point covers the new foster family licensing regulations and placement options for youth 18 and older. It also covers the impact of SILPS (Supervised Independent Living Settings), Transitional Housing Programs, limitations on group home placements and other AB 12 placement provisions on youth and their kinship or foster family caregivers.

Author(s):

Youth Law Center

Date:

2/2013

Document Type:

Training Materials

Document:

FINAL-Placements-Options-022713.pdf

AB 12, AB 12 Probation

What Caregivers Need to Know about AB 12 for Probation Involved Youth: Transitioning to Independence – Supports and Other Benefits – A Power Point Presentation

This power point covers the supports and other benefits available to help...

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This power point covers the supports and other benefits available to help foster youth working or participating in post-secondary education or training programs as they transition to independence. Post-secondary financial aid issues, Chafee grants, SSI and planning for youth with disabilities are also covered.

Author(s):

Youth Law Center

Date:

3/2013

Document Type:

Training Materials

Document:

Final-Transition-Supports-Benefits-030613-Session-4.pdf

AB 12, AB 12 Probation

What Caregivers Need to Know about AB 12 for Probation Involved Youth: An Overview – A Power Point Presentation

This powerpoint provides an overview of AB 12 including eligibility, benefits, living...

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This powerpoint provides an overview of AB 12 including eligibility, benefits, living settings, exit and reentry options as well as probation sanction-free jurisdictional alternatives for probation involved youth. It also includes information on how to overcome the common pitfalls and obstacles that probation-involved youth encounter in trying to access benefits under AB 12.

Author(s):

Youth Law Center

Date:

2/2013

Document Type:

Training Materials

Document:

2What-Caregivers-Need-to-Know-Session-1-021212.pdf

A.B. 490/foster care education

Letter Opposing Eliminating Foster Youth Services

This is the letter we faxed to the Senate Budget Committee in...

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This is the letter we faxed to the Senate Budget Committee in February 2013. The Governor’s current budget proposal would basically block grant Foster Youth Services, thereby essentially eliminating it.

Author(s):

Deborah Escobedo

Date:

2/2013

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

Foster-Youth-Services-Letter-to-Senate-Budget-Com-.pdf

Access to care/EPSDT

Letter to HHS re Proposed Regulations for Ensuring Medicaid to age 26

The Youth Law Center was one of 46 national organizations and...

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The Youth Law Center was one of 46 national organizations and 23 state and local organizations that signed on to these joint comments submitted to the Centers for the proposed regulations for ensuring Medicaid to age 26 for eligible former foster youth.

Author(s):

National and State and Local Organizations

Date:

2/2013

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

Medicaid_to_26_for_Foster_Care_Youth_Proposed-Regs-SIGN-ON-2-21-13.pdf

Access to care/EPSDT

Letter to HHS re Extension of Medicaid to Former Foster Youth

YLC submitted comments on proposed rules to implement the extension of Medicaid...

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YLC submitted comments on proposed rules to implement the extension of Medicaid to former foster youth up to the age of 26 under the Affordable Care Act (ACA.) The ACA provides Medicaid to former foster youth who are in foster care when they emancipate from foster care (at age 18 or older at state option) and were enrolled in Medicaid while in foster care. YLC’s comments, submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on February 21, were generally supportive of the proposed rules but expressed concern about a proposed limitation on eligibility for children placed across state lines and a requirement that youth be enrolled in foster care on their 18th birthday (or other emancipation date.)

Author(s):

Alice Bussiere

Date:

2/2013

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

YLC-Comment-ACA-Rules-022113.pdf

Legal Rights/Placement

Principles for Children in Immigration Reform

Two page document advocating the following: - A direct, clear, and reasonable pathway...

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Two page document advocating the following: - A direct, clear, and reasonable pathway to citizenship. Any pathway to citizenship must be open, affordable, safe, and accessible to children in need of status, including beneficiaries of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), undocumented children under the age of 21, and unaccompanied immigrant children. - Protection and promotion of children’s fundamental rights. Our immigration system must uphold children’s constitutional rights and ensure equal access to critical public services, programs, and economic supports for children and their families. The protection of fundamental rights also includes ensuring all children receive legal representation before all immigration authorities and, for all unaccompanied children, the appointment of an independent child advocate from the moment of detention throughout the course of any immigration or other related court proceedings. - Ensure that enforcement efforts have appropriate protections for children. In all enforcement actions, including those along the border, the best interests of the child should be a primary consideration and children must be given the benefit of the doubt during any investigation, inquiry or detention. There should be appropriate and accountable training policies and protocols for interacting with and screening children that reflects a humanitarian and protection-oriented approach, prohibits the use of force with children, and creates reasonable and safe conditions for children while in or released from the custody of all arms of the federal government. - Keep families together. All policies regarding admissibility, enforcement, detention, and deportation of children and their parents must duly consider the best interests of children, including enabling immigration judges to exercise discretion in admission and removal decisions based on the hardship to U.S. citizen and lawful permanent resident children. The immigration system must be updated by resolving current backlogs and ensuring family-based immigration channels are adequate for future migration without lengthy family separation.

Author(s):

First Focus Campaign for Children

Date:

2/2013

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

Principles-for-Children-in-Immigration-Reform-and-Organizations-FINAL.pdf

Legal Rights/Placement

200+ Advocates Offer Principles for Immigration Reform that Works for Children Press Release

This press release is about more than 200 organizations representing children, immigrants,...

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This press release is about more than 200 organizations representing children, immigrants, academia, faith traditions, and civil rights who released on February 5th a set of principles for immigration reform legislation that meets the needs of children. The bipartisan children’s advocacy organization First Focus and the Women’s Refugee Commission led the effort to develop these principles, which have also been endorsed by the National Latino Children’s Institute, Southern Poverty Law Center, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, MomsRising, the National Immigration Law Center, and a total of 205 organizations. The First Focus Campaign for Children urged U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee members to take these concerns into consideration during today’s immigration policy hearing.

Author(s):

First Focus Campaign for Children

Date:

2/2013

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

Childrens-Principles-Press-Release-Final-2.pdf

Babies/young children

Institutional Care for Young Children: Review of Literature and Policy Implications

By Mary Dozier, Charles H. Zeanah, Allison R. Wallin, and Carole Shauffer...

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By Mary Dozier, Charles H. Zeanah, Allison R. Wallin, and Carole Shauffer Social Issues and Policy Review Volume 6, Issue 1, pages 1–25, March 2012 Millions of infants and toddlers are in institutional care around the world, care that is poorly suited to meet young children's developmental needs. In this article, the authors briefly review the history of institutional care and surrogate care, then discuss why institutional care is at odds with children's needs, and review the empirical evidence regarding the effects of institutional care on young children's development. Finally, they discuss alternatives to institutional care, and make recommendations for changes.

Author(s):

Dozier, Zeanah, Wallin and Shauffer

Date:

3/2012

Document Type:

Articles/Monographs

Document:

Institutional-Care-for-Young-Children-Review-of-Literature-and-Policy-Implications.pdf

Adolescence

Parenting During Adolescence – Power point Presentation

Power point presentation that accompanies the video, "Parenting During Adolescence."

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Power point presentation that accompanies the video, "Parenting During Adolescence."

Author(s):

Judi Smetana, Ph.D.

Date:

8/2012

Document Type:

Training Materials

Document:

judipresentation.pdf

Nutrition

PILP Letter with FNS re FNS’ Proposed Regulations to Implement the Fleeing Felon Provisions

Public Interest Law Project's comments on USDA's proposed Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program...

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Public Interest Law Project's comments on USDA's proposed Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) regulation which would implement eligibility requirements for the fleeing felon provisions of the 2008 Farm Bill.

Author(s):

Patti Prunhuber

Date:

10/2011

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

PILP-Comments-to-FNS-Proposed-Fleeing-Felon-Rules.pdf

Nutrition

NSCLC Letter to FNS re Proposed Rule: Clarification of Eligibility of Fleeing Felons

Comments of the National Senior Citizens Law Center and the Western Center...

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Comments of the National Senior Citizens Law Center and the Western Center on Law and Poverty on proposed United States Department of Agriculture rules that deny Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps) to individuals categorized as “fleeing felons.” Final rules have not yet been issued.

Author(s):

Gerald McIntyre and Antionette Dozier

Date:

10/2012

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

NSCLC-WCLP-Comments-SNAP-Regs-111018.pdf

Nutrition

LSNC Letter to FNS re Comments, Fleeing Felon Proposed Regulations

This letter contains LSNC's comments to the proposed regulations to Clarify the...

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This letter contains LSNC's comments to the proposed regulations to Clarify the Eligibility of Fleeing Felons.

Author(s):

Jody Berger

Date:

12/2012

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

LSNC-fleeing-felon-final.pdf

Nutrition

YLC Letter to FNS Re YLC Comments on Proposed FNS Rule re Eligibility of Fleeing Felons

YLC writes to support the effort to clarify the SNAP eligibility criteria...

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YLC writes to support the effort to clarify the SNAP eligibility criteria and to make eligibility determinations more uniform but strongly recommend that FNS adopt the criteria established in Martinez v. Astrue and Clark v. Astrue.

Author(s):

Alice Bussiere

Date:

10/2011

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

Letter-to-Angela-Kline-re-FNS-Proposed-Rule-10.17.11.pdf

Discipline/truancy

Letter to Governor Brown in Support of SB 1088

Letter to Governor Brown in support of SB 1088, a bill YLC...

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Letter to Governor Brown in support of SB 1088, a bill YLC co-wrote.

Author(s):

Deborah Escobedo

Date:

8/2012

Document Type:

Legislative Materials

Document:

Support-SB-1088-Governor-Brown.pdf

Discipline/truancy

Letter to Governor Brown in Support of SB 1088

Letter to Governor Brown in support of SB 1088, a bill YLC...

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Letter to Governor Brown in support of SB 1088, a bill YLC co-wrote.

Author(s):

Deborah Escobedo

Date:

8/2012

Document Type:

Legislative Materials

Document:

Support-SB-1088-Governor-Brown.pdf

Discipline/truancy

SB 1088 Fact Sheet – Fix School

This fact sheet on SB 1088 explains what SB 1088 will do...

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This fact sheet on SB 1088 explains what SB 1088 will do and how it will help students.

Author(s):

Deborah Escobedo

Date:

11/2012

Document Type:

Training Materials

Document:

SB-1088-Fact-Sheet-Implementation-3.pdf

Practice standards/guides

Public Records and Freedom of Information Act Requests – Power Point Presentation

Power point presentation on how public records and Freedom of Information Act...

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Power point presentation on how public records and Freedom of Information Act requests can be used as tools for change.

Author(s):

Sue Burrell

Date:

10/2011

Document Type:

Training Materials

Document:

Public-Records-and-Freedom-of-Information-Act-Request-NJDC-Summit-2011.ppt

Mental Health Services Act

Letter to CDMH and MHSOAC re MHSA

Letter requesting that the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission broaden...

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Letter requesting that the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission broaden the recommended language with respect to juvenile justice youth in the forthcoming Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) guidelines by removing the language limiting juvenile justice youth to those who are "at first point of contact" with the justice system.

Author(s):

Sue Burrell

Date:

3/2007

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

Letter-to-Mayberg-Steinberg-re-MHSA-Early-Intervention-Guidelines.pdf

Mental Health Services Act

Letter to CDMH re Comments on Proposed PEI Draft Guidelines

These comments are directed at one small, but important area - the...

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These comments are directed at one small, but important area - the language with respect to children at risk of or in juvenile justice. There are several places in the proposed guidelines where a few words would vastly improve the guidance and clarify the intentions of the Mental Health Services Act.

Author(s):

Sue Burrell

Date:

8/2007

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

MHSA-PEI-Comments-Youth-Law-Center-August-3-2007.pdf

Mental health needs, Mental Health Services Act, Racial Justice/DMC

Youth of Color and MHSA Prevention and Early Intervention

Article about why it is critical that the Prevention and Early Intervention...

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Article about why it is critical that the Prevention and Early Intervention (PEI) Guidelines be written flexibly enough to permit the use of funds for youth who may be past the front door of juvenile justice. Youth of color are particularly at risk of entering juvenile justice for mental health related behavior that is not immediately recognized.

Author(s):

Sue Burrell

Date:

5/2007

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

MHSA-PEI-Racial-Issues-in-Early-Intervention.pdf

Detention, Legal/policy issues

ACLU Sues Over Center’s “Cruel” Conditions

Rocky Mountain News article about the filing of E.R. v. McDonnell, a...

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Rocky Mountain News article about the filing of E.R. v. McDonnell, a juvenile detention center conditions case, in which the Youth Law Center co-counseled.

Author(s):

Guy Kelly

Date:

12/1994

Document Type:

YLC Quotes/Mentions

Document:

Rocky-Mountain-News.-12.10.94.ACLU-Files-Suit-Over-Youth-Center.pdf

Detention, Legal/policy issues

State Settles Gilliam Lawsuit

Rocky Mountain News article about the settlement in E. R. v. McDonnell,...

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Rocky Mountain News article about the settlement in E. R. v. McDonnell, a lawsuit in which the Youth Law Center co-counseled.

Author(s):

Bill Scanlon

Date:

5/1995

Document Type:

Articles/Monographs

Document:

Rocky-Mountain-News-5.19.95.-State-Settles-Gilliam-Lawsuit.pdf

Detention, Legal/policy issues

Judge Limits O.C.’s Use of Restraints on Youths

Orange County Register article about the results of the trial in Hollingsworth...

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Orange County Register article about the results of the trial in Hollingsworth v. Orange County, a case in which the Youth Law Center co-counseled.

Author(s):

Pat Brennan

Date:

6/1990

Document Type:

Articles/Monographs

Document:

Orange-County-Register-6.14.90.Judge-Limits-OCs-Use-of-Restraints.pdf

Legal Rights/Placement

Prop. 187 Violates our Beliefs about Caring for Children

Op ed piece about Prop. 187, which would only allow services for...

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Op ed piece about Prop. 187, which would only allow services for children who can demonstrate that they are citizens, permanent residents, or lawfully admitted temporary residents

Author(s):

Sue Burrell

Date:

10/1994

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

Oakland-Tribune-10.28.94.-Prop-197-Violates-Our-Beliefs-About-Caring-for-Children.pdf

Mental health needs, Practice standards/guides

What Defenders Can Do to Reduce Placement Delay/Placement Failure

National Juvenile Defender Summit handout focusing on youth with serious mental health...

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National Juvenile Defender Summit handout focusing on youth with serious mental health needs.

Author(s):

Sue Burrell

Date:

10/2005

Document Type:

Training Materials

Document:

National-Juvenile-Defender-Summit-defender-handout-2005.pdf

LWOP/extremely long sentences

Life Term Unconstitutional for Juvenile, State High Court Rules

LA Times article about the decision in Caballero for which Sue Burrell...

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LA Times article about the decision in Caballero for which Sue Burrell wrote an amicus.

Author(s):

Victoria Kim

Date:

8/2012

Document Type:

Articles/Monographs

Document:

Life-term-for-juvenile-unconstitutional-LA-Times-8-17-12.pdf

Detention, Legal/policy issues

Judge Orders Reform at O.C. Juvenile Hall

LA Times article about the conclusion of the trial in our case,...

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LA Times article about the conclusion of the trial in our case, Hollingsworth v. Orange County.

Author(s):

Catherine Gewertz

Date:

6/1990

Document Type:

Articles/Monographs

Document:

LA-Times.6.14.90.Judge-Orders-Reforms-at-OC-Juvenile-Hall..pdf

SSI/Social Security

Children with Disabilities Aren’t Cheaters

Op ed piece about the Supplemental Security Income Legislation introduced by Republicans...

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Op ed piece about the Supplemental Security Income Legislation introduced by Republicans that would change the current system to one where vouchers would be used to only pay medical care.

Author(s):

Sue Burrell

Date:

1/1995

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

LA-Times.-1.13.95.-Children-With-Disabilities-Arent-Cheaters.pdf

Division of Juvenile Facilities, Specific services/programs

Youth Prison System Sued Over Health Care

LA Times article about the filing of Morris v. Harper, a lawsuit...

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LA Times article about the filing of Morris v. Harper, a lawsuit against the California Youth Authority for providing substandard medical and mental health care.

Author(s):

James Rainey

Date:

5/2000

Document Type:

Articles/Monographs

Document:

LA-Times-May-2000-Youth-Prison-System-Sued-Over-Health-Care.pdf

Division of Juvenile Facilities, Specific services/programs

Improvements Ordered in State Youth Prison Clinics

LA Times article about the Youth Law Center case, Wilber v. Warner...

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LA Times article about the Youth Law Center case, Wilber v. Warner (previously Morris v. Harper).

Author(s):

James Rainey

Date:

12/2000

Document Type:

YLC Quotes/Mentions

Document:

LA-Times-Improvements-Ordered-In-State-Youth-Prison-Clinics.pdf

Dual jurisdiction

Letter re Mary Graham Children’s Center

Letter summarizing concerns at the Mary Graham Children's Center around the number...

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Letter summarizing concerns at the Mary Graham Children's Center around the number of children who end up in the juvenile justice system.

Author(s):

Alice Bussiere

Date:

8/2002

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

Gutierrez-re-JH-080202.pdf

Detention, Legal/policy issues

Gilliam Changes Welcome, but Delay Was Unforgivable

Denver Post op ed piece about E.R v. McDonnell, a case in...

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Denver Post op ed piece about E.R v. McDonnell, a case in which the Youth Law Center co-counseled.

Author(s):

Editor

Date:

5/2005

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

Denver-Post-5.22.95.-Gilliam-Changes-Welcome-but-Unforgivable..pdf

Detention, Legal/policy issues

Gilliam Youth Center Reform Plan Hailed

Denver Post article about the settlement reached in the case, E.R. v....

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Denver Post article about the settlement reached in the case, E.R. v. McDonnell, where the Youth Law Center co-counseled

Author(s):

Carol Kreck

Date:

5/1995

Document Type:

Articles/Monographs

Document:

Denver-Post-5.18.95.-Gilliam-Youth-Center-Hailed.pdf

Developmental disabilities

PRA Letters to Several Counties re Developmentally Delayed Individuals in the Juvenile Justice System

Letters to several county probation departments requesting information about the developmental delayed...

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Letters to several county probation departments requesting information about the developmental delayed individuals in their juvenile justice system.

Author(s):

Corene Kendrick

Date:

2/2006

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

DD-Letters-to-Probation-Depts.pdf

Legal/policy analyses

Juvenile Delinquency: The Case for Specialty Training

This Daily Journal article explores the special skills and training needed to...

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This Daily Journal article explores the special skills and training needed to represent young people in California juvenile delinquency cases, and the reasons competent representation is so critical.

Author(s):

Sue Burrell

Date:

1/2010

Document Type:

Articles/Monographs

Document:

Daily-Journal-Juvenile-Delinquency-The-Case-for-Specialty-Training.pdf

Legal/policy analyses

Juvenile Defense Attorneys Speak Out

Daily Journal article that explores the special skills and training needed to...

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Daily Journal article that explores the special skills and training needed to represent young people in California juvenile delinquency cases, and the reasons competent representation is so critical.

Author(s):

Sue Burrell

Date:

1/2010

Document Type:

Articles/Monographs

Document:

Daily-Journal-1-15-2010-Juvenile-Defense-Attorneys-Speak-out.pdf

Discipline/truancy

Fix School Discipline: Statewide Reforms and Next Steps – Power oint Presentation

Power point presentation on what the problems are, what legislation was recently...

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Power point presentation on what the problems are, what legislation was recently passed and what can be done.

Author(s):

Deborah Escobedo and Laura Faer

Date:

11/2012

Document Type:

Training Materials

Document:

Fix-School-Discipline-Statewide-Reforms-and-Next-Steps-DRAFT-distribute-2.ppt

Discipline/truancy

EDUCATION BILLS ADDRESSING DISCIPLINE REFORM AND RELATED ISSUES SIGNED INTO LAW DURING 2011-2012

List of education bills addressing discipline reform and related issues signed into...

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List of education bills addressing discipline reform and related issues signed into law during 2011-12.

Author(s):

YLC and Public Counsel

Date:

10/2012

Document Type:

Legislative Materials

Document:

Final-Bill-Chart-Updated-10-23-12.pdf

Practice standards/guides

MacArthur Foundation Juvenile Indigent Defense Action Network – Power point Presentation

Power point presentation on JIDAN and what it has done in California...

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Power point presentation on JIDAN and what it has done in California so far.

Author(s):

Sue Burrell

Date:

2/2010

Document Type:

Training Materials

Document:

DOJ-National-Symposium-on-Indigent-Defense-MacArthur-JIDAN-Network.ppt

Gangs

Crimes, Dress Codes and the Schoolhouse Door

Article about what is wrong with the Oakland gang clothing policy.

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Article about what is wrong with the Oakland gang clothing policy.

Author(s):

Sue Burrell

Date:

2/1992

Document Type:

YLC Quotes/Mentions

Document:

CrimeDressCode.pdf

Placement delay

Reducing Placement Delay in Juvenile Halls

Presentation to the Chief Probation Officers of California on what the problem...

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Presentation to the Chief Probation Officers of California on what the problem is and possible solutions.

Author(s):

Sue Burrell

Date:

12/2001

Document Type:

Training Materials

Document:

CPOC-presentation2.pdf

Developmental disabilities

Developmental Disabilities in California Juvenile Justice Proceedings

This is a short primer on legal issues that may come up...

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This is a short primer on legal issues that may come up in California juvenile delinquency cases1 involving a young person with developmental disabilities. Some are so fundamental that the case may not go forward unless threshold findings are made. Others affect the evidence that may come in during the proceedings; the path the case will take in court proceedings; or important dispositional considerations for the court. This was presented at Beyond the Bench, 2006.

Author(s):

Sue Burrell and Corene Kendrick

Date:

12/2006

Document Type:

Training Materials

Document:

Developmental-Disabilities-in-California-Juvenile-Justice-Proceedings-with-cover.pdf

Dual jurisdiction

YLC Comments to ABA Juvenile Justice Standards Relating to Crossover, Dual Jurisdiction and Multisystem Youth

Youth Law Center comments on the ABA TASK FORCE ON JUVENILE JUSTICE...

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Youth Law Center comments on the ABA TASK FORCE ON JUVENILE JUSTICE STANDARDS RELATING TO CROSSOVER, DUAL-JURISDICTION AND MULTI-SYSTEM YOUTH.

Author(s):

YLC

Date:

3/2012

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

DRAFT-STANDARDS-ABA-Crossover-YLC-proposed-comments-3-22-12.pdf

Discipline/truancy

Letter to State Board of Education re the School Accountability Report Card

Letter from several advocacy organizations asking the state board of education to...

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Letter from several advocacy organizations asking the state board of education to put more suspension and expulsion information in the School Accountability Report Card.

Author(s):

Various Advocacy Organizations

Date:

7/2012

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

Final-SARC-Letter-to-SBE.pdf

Detention, Disposition/placement

Ricardo M. – Cases on Commitment to Juvenile Hall

Cases on commitment to juvenile hall in chronological order. Note that...

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Cases on commitment to juvenile hall in chronological order. Note that the statutes have changed over time – especially W & I § 777, but also the purpose clause (W & I § 202). Also, some focus on what can be done as a probation condition, and others focus on required 726 removal or 730 findings. Also, a number deal with other kinds of dispositions, including non-wardship probation, camp commitments or CYA/DJF commitments. Only a couple of cases have been published since the big changes to 777 in Prop 21 (2001), but those cases do recognize the vitality of Ricardo

Author(s):

Sue Burrell

Date:

3/2011

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

RIcardo-M-Cases-on-Commitment-to-Juvenile-Hall-with-cover.pdf

Juvenile justice legal issues

George T. Amicus

Amicus where George T., the teenager- in this case, was incarcerated for...

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Amicus where George T., the teenager- in this case, was incarcerated for several months and made a ward of the court after giving his "dark poetry" to girls at school who interpreted it as threatening. Amicus argues the requisite elements for "criminal threat" simply were not present in this case.

Author(s):

Sue Burrell

Date:

8/2003

Document Type:

Litigation Materials

Document:

george-t-amicus.pdf

Realignment of resources

SB 81 – Ten Point Tune Up

Hand out at the DJJ Realignment Symposium on SB 81.

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Hand out at the DJJ Realignment Symposium on SB 81.

Author(s):

Sue Burrell

Date:

2/2008

Document Type:

Training Materials

Document:

SB-81-Ten-Point-Tune-Up.pdf

Realignment of resources

SB 81 Ten Point Tune up – Power point Presentation

Power point presentation at the DJJ Realignment symposium on SB 81, realignment.

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Power point presentation at the DJJ Realignment symposium on SB 81, realignment.

Author(s):

Sue Burrell

Date:

2/2008

Document Type:

Training Materials

Document:

SB-81-Ten-Point-Tune-Up.ppt

Discipline/truancy

Letter to State Board of Education re Request for SBE Informational Item: School Discipline – Suspension and Expulsion

Letter asking board to discuss suspension and expulsion at the next meeting.

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Letter asking board to discuss suspension and expulsion at the next meeting.

Author(s):

Various Organizations

Date:

4/2012

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

State-Board-Letter-FINAL-2.pdf

Division of Juvenile Facilities, Realignment of resources

Trends and Challenges of Juvenile Justice Reform: Experiences of Three States – Power point Presentation

Panel discusses juvenile justice reform in Connecticut, California and Texas.

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Panel discusses juvenile justice reform in Connecticut, California and Texas.

Author(s):

Abby Anderson, Sue Burrell and Ana Yanez-Correa with Dana Schoenberg as moderator

Date:

6/2011

Document Type:

Training Materials

Document:

Trends-and-Challenges-final.ppt

Alternatives to incarceration/JDAI

Using Research to Reduce Incarceration as a Disposition

Recent policy research offers rich opportunities for reducing the use of incarceration...

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Recent policy research offers rich opportunities for reducing the use of incarceration as a “sentencing” disposition. It makes arguments much more compelling; helps courts and other juvenile system professionals to see beyond their normal horizons; and gives you support for points you wanted to make anyway. (Adolescent development, problems with group care, facility abuses in your jurisdiction, importance of education, need to address trauma, absurd costs of incarceration versus things that work, etc.) This presents some low tech, achievable suggestions for using policy research and reports in daily practice and affecting change in your jurisdiction:

Author(s):

Sue Burrell

Date:

10/2009

Document Type:

Training Materials

Document:

Using-Research-to-Reduce-Incarceration-as-a-Disposition-final-to-JS-10-9-09.pdf

Disposition/placement, Division of Juvenile Facilities, Training school

In re Sean W. Amicus

This is an amicus to a case that presents the question whether...

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This is an amicus to a case that presents the question whether Senate Bill 459 ("S . B 459") changed the law to give juvenile courts increased power to set maximum confinement time in cases involving Youth Authority commitments.

Author(s):

Sue Burrell

Date:

1/2005

Document Type:

Litigation Materials

Document:

sean-w-amicus-brief.pdf

Placement delay, Practice standards/guides

What Can Public Defenders Do to Reduce Placement Delay/Placement Failure

Two page list of what public defenders can do to reduce placement...

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Two page list of what public defenders can do to reduce placement delay and placement failure.

Author(s):

Sue Burrell

Date:

1/2002

Document Type:

Training Materials

Document:

whatcanpublicdefendersdo.pdf

Dual jurisdiction

Letter to CPOC re AB 129 (Dual Status Children)

This letter spells out YLC's concerns about the Draft All County Information...

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This letter spells out YLC's concerns about the Draft All County Information Notice on the implementation of AB 129 (Dual Status Children).

Author(s):

YLC

Date:

12/2005

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

YLC-Comments-on-AB-129-to-CPOC.pdf

Independent Living/Transition

Supporting Young Adults: Cash, Medi-Cal, and Housing for Transition Aged Youth – Power point Presentation

Power point presentation on the benefits available to youth who are transitioning...

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Power point presentation on the benefits available to youth who are transitioning out of the foster care system.

Author(s):

Bay Legal, YLC, Alliance for Children's Rights

Date:

10/2012

Document Type:

Training Materials

Document:

Youth-Benefits-102412-formatted.ppt

Placement delay

Reducing Placement Delay/Placement Failure

This CPDA Juvenile Defense Seminar presentation focuses on what we know about...

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This CPDA Juvenile Defense Seminar presentation focuses on what we know about placement delay, and what public defenders can do to reduce placement delay for their clients

Author(s):

Sue Burrell

Date:

1/2002

Document Type:

Training Materials

Document:

CPDA-Presentation.pdf

Developmental disabilities

County Responses to Public Records Act Request re Alta California Regional Center’s Juvenile Clients

County responses to the Public Records Act request for copies of all...

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County responses to the Public Records Act request for copies of all public records, including memoranda, correspondence, reports, electronic transmissions, or other writings as defined in California Government Code § 6252, subdivision (c), regarding California Regional Center's juvenile clients.

Author(s):

Various California Counties

Date:

6/2006

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

CAPRA-to-regional-centers-06.21.2006.pdf

Detention, Developmental disabilities, Disposition/placement

Youth with Developmental Disabilities in the Juvenile Justice System – Power point Presentation

This power point presentation summarizes the results of a survey of probation...

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This power point presentation summarizes the results of a survey of probation departments. It lists common problems as well as promising practices.

Author(s):

Corene Kendrick

Date:

12/2006

Document Type:

Training Materials

Document:

Corene-Beyond-the-Bench-Notes.ppt

Collateral consequences

Collateral Consequences of Juvenile Delinquency Proceedings – Powerpoint Presentation

Power point presentation spells out what collateral consequences are and what needs...

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Power point presentation spells out what collateral consequences are and what needs to be done.

Author(s):

Rourke Stacy and Sue Burrell

Date:

1/2012

Document Type:

Training Materials

Document:

Collateral-Consequences-CPDA-2012.ppt

Legal/policy analyses

Ineffective Assistance of Counsel: Systemic Causes, Systemic Solutions – Powerpoint Presentation

This power point presentation looks at the characteristics of delinquency system and...

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This power point presentation looks at the characteristics of delinquency system and delinquency attorneys in California. Then it looks at compensation for delinquency attorneys in California, and how the culture of our profession works against effective delinquency representation. The solutions are better contracts with appointed counsel and training.

Author(s):

Sue Burrell

Date:

4/2012

Document Type:

Training Materials

Document:

CJLP-Symposium-on-Ineffective-Assistance-of-Counsel-April-2012.ppt

Realignment of resources

Child Welfare Realignment Principles

List of four child welfare realignment principles as outlined by the Youth...

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List of four child welfare realignment principles as outlined by the Youth Law Center.

Author(s):

YLC

Date:

1/2012

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

Child-Welfare-Realignment-YLC-2012.pdf

Discipline/truancy

Letter to State Superintendent Addressing the Excessive and Disproportionate Use of Suspension and Expulsion

Letter to the State Superintendent from 12 advocacy organizations asking him to...

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Letter to the State Superintendent from 12 advocacy organizations asking him to address the problem of excessive and disproportionate use of suspension and expulsion in California schools with a list of what can be done to solve this problem.

Author(s):

Advocacy Organizations

Date:

2/2012

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

CDE-Letter-School-Discipline-2-28.pdf

Collateral consequences

Summary of California Juvenile Collateral Consequences

This is a collateral consequences check list for youth who are in...

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This is a collateral consequences check list for youth who are in the juvenile justice system in California.

Author(s):

YLC

Date:

8/2012

Document Type:

Fact Sheets/Overviews

Document:

CC-Checklist-for-Youth-8-17-12-no-footer.docx

Foster care, Juvenile records/court proceedings, Practice standards/guides

Youth Participation in Court Hearings

In recent years, courts and child welfare systems around the country have...

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In recent years, courts and child welfare systems around the country have recognized the importance of permanency for all foster children, including older youth, and of youth participation in decisions that affect their lives. Juvenile court officials and experts have consistently recommended that youth be present in court for permanency planning and other hearings; actively involving youth in court hearings can improve permanency planning and the likelihood that those plans will be carried out. This paper list six recommendations that hone in on youth participation in court hearings, preparation and support for youth attending hearings, and how courts can help to assure that each youth attains permanency in as timely a manner possible.

Author(s):

Number of advocacy organizations

Date:

2/2007

Document Type:

Articles/Monographs

Document:

Blue-Ribbon-Youth-Permanency-Recommendations-021407.pdf

Division of Juvenile Facilities, Training school

In re Greg F. Amicus

The question here is whether a juvenile court may dismiss a wardship...

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The question here is whether a juvenile court may dismiss a wardship petition in the interests of justice and commit a juvenile way to the Division of Juvenile Justice on the basis of a prior sustained petition, even though Welfare and Institutions Code section 733 prohibits commitment unless "the most recent offense alleged in any petition and admitted or found to be true by the court" is an offense specified in subdivision (c) of that section and the offense alleged in the dismissed petition was not one of those specified offenses? This brief was written to provide additional information in response to arguments made by the respondent that may assist the court in deciding this case.

Author(s):

Susan L. Burrell

Date:

11/2011

Document Type:

Litigation Materials

Document:

application-and-amicus-curiae-brief.pdf

Developmental disabilities, Specific services/programs

PRA Request to California Department of Developmental Services

Public Records Act Request for information about children under the juvenile court...

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Public Records Act Request for information about children under the juvenile court jurisdiction with developmental disabilities and receiving services form the state or Regional Center.

Author(s):

Corene Kendrick

Date:

12/2005

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

Allenby-PRA-12.22.2005.pdf

Legal/policy issues, Training school

Danny O. v. Bowman Judgment

Danny O. v. Bowman was a federal class action suit on behalf...

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Danny O. v. Bowman was a federal class action suit on behalf of all youth who are currently or in the future will be incarcerated at the State Youth Services Center in St. Anthony, Idaho. The suit challenged the defendants' use of solitary confinement and restraints; education, medical, psychiatric and rehabilitative treatment and services and disciplinary due process procedures. This case went to trial on May 20, 1985. At the conclusion of the trial, the judge ruled that defendants' use of the practices of long-term isolation, restraining children to stationary objects, and standing wall and sitting chair violated the children's constitutional rights under the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution.

Author(s):

Judge Ray McNichols

Date:

7/1985

Document Type:

Litigation Materials

Document:

DannyO-Judgment.pdf

Standards/enforcement

Jones-Mason v. Anderson Stipulation to Stay Proceedings

Jones-Mason v. Anderson was filed in December 1996 against the State Department...

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Jones-Mason v. Anderson was filed in December 1996 against the State Department of Social Services for failing to establish standards to protect the health and safety of infants and toddlers in group homes and emergency shelters. Group home regulations did not address sanitation in diaper changing, special feeding instructions for infants, or toilet training for toddlers. In addition, the regulations, which apply to all foster children regardless of age, call for a staff/child ratio of 1 to 10; basic child care standards require 1 staff for every 4 infants. As a result of our suit, the State developed comprehensive regulations to correct these inadequacies, and the suit was settled in 1997.

Author(s):

Youth Law Center

Date:

2/1997

Document Type:

Litigation Materials

Document:

JonesMasonStiptoStay.pdf

Standards/enforcement

Jones-Mason v. Anderson Stipulated Modification

Jones-Mason v. Anderson was filed in December 1996 against the State Department...

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Jones-Mason v. Anderson was filed in December 1996 against the State Department of Social Services for failing to establish standards to protect the health and safety of infants and toddlers in group homes and emergency shelters. Group home regulations did not address sanitation in diaper changing, special feeding instructions for infants, or toilet training for toddlers. In addition, the regulations, which apply to all foster children regardless of age, call for a staff/child ratio of 1 to 10; basic child care standards require 1 staff for every 4 infants. As a result of our suit, the State developed comprehensive regulations to correct these inadequacies, and the suit was settled in 1997.

Author(s):

All Parties

Date:

7/1997

Document Type:

Litigation Materials

Document:

JonesMasonStipMod.pdf

Disposition/placement, Placement delay

Difficult to Place: Summary of Findings

This is a shorter version of the original report that presents the...

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This is a shorter version of the original report that presents the findings of Youth Law Center's research into placement issues for juvenile justice youth with mental health needs in 10 California counties. The focus of the research was youth with mental health needs who have been ordered by the juvenile court to be placed in a non-secure placement, but who remain incarcerated in a secure setting because they have not yet been placed. This research provides further insight into the issues brought to light by the Congressional reports, Incarceration of Youth Who Are Waiting for Community Mental Health Services in the United States (July 2004), and the California-specific report, Incarceration of Youth Who Are Waiting for Community Mental Health Services in California (January 2005). The alarm sounded by those earlier reports was well founded. But what we have learned from this work is that the situation is far from hopeless. The report makes concrete suggestions for reducing placement delay. This article appeared in the Juvenile Correctional Mental Health Report, March/April 2007.

Author(s):

Sue Burrell

Date:

6/2005

Document Type:

Articles/Monographs

Document:

Difficult-to-Place-in-JCMHLR.pdf

Placement delay

AB 2496

The Youth Law Center helped draft this legislation and sponsored it. ...

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The Youth Law Center helped draft this legislation and sponsored it. It was passed by the legislature but vetoed by the governor.

Author(s):

YLC

Date:

8/2002

Document Type:

Legislative Materials

Document:

AB-2496-enrolled.doc

Legal Rights/Placement

Flores v. Reno Stipulation Extending Settlement Agreement and for Other Purposes; and Order Thereon

Filed in March 1988, this action presented a class-wide challenge to (a)...

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Filed in March 1988, this action presented a class-wide challenge to (a) the Immigration and Naturalization Service's policy to condition juveniles' release on bond on their parents' or legal guardians' surrendering to INS agents for interrogation and possible deportation; (b) the procedures employed by the INS in imposing a condition on juveniles' bond that they be released only to parents or legal guardians; and (c) the conditions maintained by the INS in facilities where it incarcerated juveniles. The settlement allows for the INS to develop service regulations to ensure that detained youth are treated with respect and that they can be released to an adult relative or other adult under certain conditions or a program, not just ot parent or legal guardian. The stipulation allowed for no further legal action for 6 months from the date of hte stipulation so that INS could continue work.

Author(s):

All Parties

Date:

12/2001

Document Type:

Litigation Materials

Document:

Flores-Extension-Stipulation.pdf

Legal Rights/Placement

Flores v. Meese Stipulated Settlement Agreement

Filed in March 1988, this action presented a class-wide challenge to (a)...

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Filed in March 1988, this action presented a class-wide challenge to (a) the Immigration and Naturalization Service's policy to condition juveniles' release on bond on their parents' or legal guardians' surrendering to INS agents for interrogation and possible deportation; (b) the procedures employed by the INS in imposing a condition on juveniles' bond that they be released only to parents or legal guardians; and (c) the conditions maintained by the INS in facilities where it incarcerated juveniles. The settlement allows for the INS to develop service regulations to ensure that detained youth are treated with respect and that they can be released to an adult relative or other adult under certain conditions or a program, not just ot parent or legal guardian.

Author(s):

All parties

Date:

1/1997

Document Type:

Litigation Materials

Document:

Flores-Settlement.pdf

Legal Rights/Placement

Flores v. Meese Second Amended Complaint

Filed in March 1988, this action presented a class-wide challenge to (a)...

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Filed in March 1988, this action presented a class-wide challenge to (a) the Immigration and Naturalization Service's policy to condition juveniles' release on bond on their parents' or legal guardians' surrendering to INS agents for interrogation and possible deportation; (b) the procedures employed by the INS in imposing a condition on juveniles' bond that they be released only to parents or legal guardians; and (c) the conditions maintained by the INS in facilities where it incarcerated juveniles.

Author(s):

Plaintiff Attorneys

Date:

1/1970

Document Type:

Litigation Materials

Document:

Flores-Amended-Complaint.pdf

Adoption

The Development of Adoption Law

This article will provide a short history of the law of adoption...

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This article will provide a short history of the law of adoption and a brief introduction to some of the more controversial legal issues involved in the adoption of children in the United States today. Its purpose is not to discuss fully all of the legal issues that may arise in adoption, but rather to provide a brief background for future articles that will explore many of these issues in more depth.

Author(s):

Alice Bussiere

Date:

1/1970

Document Type:

Articles/Monographs

Document:

Adoption-Law.pdf

Division of Juvenile Facilities, Legal/policy analyses, Realignment of resources

Shifting Values in Juvenile Justice – Daily Journal (December 21, 2010)

This is an op ed piece summing up juvenile justice reform in...

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This is an op ed piece summing up juvenile justice reform in the first part of the 21st century. It takes the position that we are moving away from the punitive attitudes of the 1980's and 1990's and toward a vision for juvenile justice that is more in keepiing with what we now know about adolescent development and the potential for young people to change. The articles discusses legislative changes, Supreme Court decisions, budgetary realignment and initiatives directed at improving services and reducing incarceration.

Author(s):

Sue Burrell

Date:

12/2010

Document Type:

Articles/Monographs

Document:

Daily-Journal-12-21-10-Shifting-Values-in-Juvenile-Justice-word-3.docx

Legal/policy analyses, Right to Counsel

Juvenile Defense Attorneys Speak Out – Daily Journal (January 15, 2010)

This is the second part of a two part piece on training...

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This is the second part of a two part piece on training and resource needs for California juvenile delinquency counsel. In this part, juvenile defense counsel describe their resource and training needs, which are substantial. The information was obtained through surveys conducted as part of the MacArthur Foundation's JUvenile Indigent Deense Action Network. YLC led the California team in that initiative, which aimed to increase the capacity of juvenile defensers to do their work well.. Part one describes the importance of having skilled and knowledgeable counsel; it is posted separately in the resource library.

Author(s):

Sue Burrell

Date:

1/2010

Document Type:

Articles/Monographs

Document:

Daily-Journal-1-15-2010-Juvenile-Defense-Attorneys-Speak-out.pdf

Legal/policy analyses, Right to Counsel

Juvenile Delinquency: The Case for Specialty Training – Daily Journal (January 14, 2010)

This is part one of a two part piece published in the...

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This is part one of a two part piece published in the Daily Journal. It describes the importance of having skilled, knowledgeable juvenile delinquency counsel, and presents the results of research undertaken for the MacArthur Juvenile Inidgent Defense Action Network aimed at increasing the capacity of California juvenile defenders. The research revealed enormous gaps and training for many defenders in California. Part 2 of the piece (Juvenile Defenders Speak Out) is posted separately; it discusses the result of research into exactly what defenders say they need to do their work right.

Author(s):

Sue Burrell

Date:

1/2010

Document Type:

Articles/Monographs

Document:

Daily-Journal-Juvenile-Delinquency-The-Case-for-Specialty-Training.pdf

Data

JJDP Powerpoint Presentation

The Juvenile Justice Data Project was started in October 2004 and ended...

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The Juvenile Justice Data Project was started in October 2004 and ended in 2007, as a joint effort by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (formerly the Youth and Adult Correctional Agency) and the Youth Law Center. The Juvenile Justice Data Project (JJDP)(formerly the California Juvenile Justice Accountability Project) is an outgrowth of the Juvenile Justice Reform Working Group, convened by Governor Schwarzenegger in early 2004. The Governor’s Juvenile Justice Reform Working Group included representatives from state and local government agencies from throughout the continuum of California’s juvenile justice system (police, sheriff, probation, courts, and the California Youth Authority) along with several juvenile justice advocates. The Governor’s Working Group was tasked with identifying specific juvenile justice policy areas around which there was consensus, i.e. policy directions that everyone at the table could agree were needed to address existing problems and/or gaps. One of the primary areas of consensus was the need for better statewide juvenile justice data collection and outcome information. The Juvenile Justice Data Project was created to further develop this goal. The JJDP included all of the original members of the Governor’s Juvenile Justice Reform Working Group, plus representatives from victim advocacy, mental health, social services, drug and alcohol providers, and others. The first initiative undertaken by the JJDP was a detailed survey of the current practices of the 58 county probation departments and the state Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) regarding the interventions and sanctions provided for juveniles referred for infractions or criminal behavior across the state. The specific objectives of the survey were to describe the prevalence, duration, intensity and content of interventions delivered to juveniles, with an eye toward illuminating capacity for evidence-based practices and capacity to track outcomes in the juvenile justice system in California. Thesurvey reports focused on the interventions in use across a continuum of graduated responses delivered by county probation departments and DJJ and the criteria used to determine the level of response.

Author(s):

YLC

Date:

4/2007

Document Type:

Training Materials

Document:

JJDP_4_18_07_PRESENTATION.ppt

Data

Juvenile Justice Data Project Phase I Summary Report

The Juvenile Justice Data Project (JJDP) released the results of the first...

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The Juvenile Justice Data Project (JJDP) released the results of the first ever statewide survey of California’s juvenile justice system, providing a snapshot of 100,000 youth under the jurisdiction of both county probation departments and the state Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). Data was collected on youth in county probation departments, community intervention programs, county camps and confinement facilities, juvenile halls, and state facilities. The survey was conducted by researchers from the University of Southern California for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in cooperation with the Chief Probation Officers of California and Youth Law Center. The survey is in response to the need for data on services currently provided in order to inform decision makers and target reform efforts. The survey found that of the 100,000 youth in California’s juvenile justice system, the vast majority is under local supervision either in community placements (81%) or county juvenile halls, camps, or ranches (10%). A small percentage is in state facilities or on parole (5%). Survey results show that counties are making significant headway in their rehabilitation efforts, but still require additional tools such as risk assessment instruments and mechanisms to monitor outcomes for youth after they leave placements in order to prevent re-entry. Participation in the voluntary survey was overwhelming – 55 out of 58 counties provided data as well as the DJJ. Karen Hennigan, PhD, and a team of researchers from the Center for Research on Crime, University of Southern California, compiled and analyzed the results covering every level of response, from early intervention services to confinement in DJJ facilities. A second report will provide recommendations for use by local and state policymakers to assist juvenile justice system reform efforts.. The JJDP originated in 2004 from a working group created by Governor Schwarzenegger to identify best practices and programs to improve outcomes for youth in the juvenile justice system. This unprecedented partnership includes representatives from law enforcement, probation, corrections, county government, state agencies, advocacy groups, service providers, data analysts, and policymakers. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is responsible for California’s state prison system and parole. Chief Probation Officers of California is an association of fifty-nine Chief Probation Officers in the state. Youth Law Center is a California based legal advocacy organization working on behalf of children and families in the nation’s juvenile justice and child welfare systems. There is teh JJDP Phase 1: Survey of Interventions and Programs, the County by County Appendix, and the Summary Report.

Author(s):

Karen Hennigan

Date:

4/2007

Document Type:

Articles/Monographs

Document:

JJDP_Phase1_2007.pdf

Data

Juvenile Justice Data Project, Phase 1 County by County Appendix

The Juvenile Justice Data Project (JJDP) released the results of the first...

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The Juvenile Justice Data Project (JJDP) released the results of the first ever statewide survey of California’s juvenile justice system, providing a snapshot of 100,000 youth under the jurisdiction of both county probation departments and the state Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). Data was collected on youth in county probation departments, community intervention programs, county camps and confinement facilities, juvenile halls, and state facilities. The survey was conducted by researchers from the University of Southern California for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in cooperation with the Chief Probation Officers of California and Youth Law Center. The survey is in response to the need for data on services currently provided in order to inform decision makers and target reform efforts. The survey found that of the 100,000 youth in California’s juvenile justice system, the vast majority is under local supervision either in community placements (81%) or county juvenile halls, camps, or ranches (10%). A small percentage is in state facilities or on parole (5%). Survey results show that counties are making significant headway in their rehabilitation efforts, but still require additional tools such as risk assessment instruments and mechanisms to monitor outcomes for youth after they leave placements in order to prevent re-entry. Participation in the voluntary survey was overwhelming – 55 out of 58 counties provided data as well as the DJJ. Karen Hennigan, PhD, and a team of researchers from the Center for Research on Crime, University of Southern California, compiled and analyzed the results covering every level of response, from early intervention services to confinement in DJJ facilities. A second report will provide recommendations for use by local and state policymakers to assist juvenile justice system reform efforts.. The JJDP originated in 2004 from a working group created by Governor Schwarzenegger to identify best practices and programs to improve outcomes for youth in the juvenile justice system. This unprecedented partnership includes representatives from law enforcement, probation, corrections, county government, state agencies, advocacy groups, service providers, data analysts, and policymakers. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is responsible for California’s state prison system and parole. Chief Probation Officers of California is an association of fifty-nine Chief Probation Officers in the state. Youth Law Center is a California based legal advocacy organization working on behalf of children and families in the nation’s juvenile justice and child welfare systems. There is teh JJDP Phase 1: Survey of Interventions and Programs, the County by County Appendix, and the Summary Report.

Author(s):

Karen Hennigan

Date:

4/2007

Document Type:

Articles/Monographs

Document:

JJDPSurveyFinalReportCountybyCountyAppendix.pdf

Data

Juvenile Justice Data Project Phase 1: Survey of Interventions and Programs

The Juvenile Justice Data Project (JJDP) released the results of the first...

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The Juvenile Justice Data Project (JJDP) released the results of the first ever statewide survey of California’s juvenile justice system, providing a snapshot of 100,000 youth under the jurisdiction of both county probation departments and the state Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). Data was collected on youth in county probation departments, community intervention programs, county camps and confinement facilities, juvenile halls, and state facilities. The survey was conducted by researchers from the University of Southern California for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in cooperation with the Chief Probation Officers of California and Youth Law Center. The survey is in response to the need for data on services currently provided in order to inform decision makers and target reform efforts. The survey found that of the 100,000 youth in California’s juvenile justice system, the vast majority is under local supervision either in community placements (81%) or county juvenile halls, camps, or ranches (10%). A small percentage is in state facilities or on parole (5%). Survey results show that counties are making significant headway in their rehabilitation efforts, but still require additional tools such as risk assessment instruments and mechanisms to monitor outcomes for youth after they leave placements in order to prevent re-entry. Participation in the voluntary survey was overwhelming – 55 out of 58 counties provided data as well as the DJJ. Karen Hennigan, PhD, and a team of researchers from the Center for Research on Crime, University of Southern California, compiled and analyzed the results covering every level of response, from early intervention services to confinement in DJJ facilities. A second report will provide recommendations for use by local and state policymakers to assist juvenile justice system reform efforts.. The JJDP originated in 2004 from a working group created by Governor Schwarzenegger to identify best practices and programs to improve outcomes for youth in the juvenile justice system. This unprecedented partnership includes representatives from law enforcement, probation, corrections, county government, state agencies, advocacy groups, service providers, data analysts, and policymakers. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is responsible for California’s state prison system and parole. Chief Probation Officers of California is an association of fifty-nine Chief Probation Officers in the state. Youth Law Center is a California based legal advocacy organization working on behalf of children and families in the nation’s juvenile justice and child welfare systems. There is teh JJDP Phase 1: Survey of Interventions and Programs, the County by County Appendix, and the Summary Report.

Author(s):

Karen Hennigan

Date:

4/2007

Document Type:

Articles/Monographs

Document:

JJDPSurveyFinalReportRev1.pdf

Alternatives to incarceration/JDAI, Detention

The Dangers of Detention – PowerPoint Presentation

This powerpoint presentation highlights the negative impact of detention.

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This powerpoint presentation highlights the negative impact of detention.

Author(s):

Sue Burrell

Date:

10/2009

Document Type:

Training Materials

Document:

The-Dangers-of-Detention-PJDC-Roundtable-2009.ppt

Gangs, Juvenile justice legal issues, Trying juveniles as adults

Proposition 21: Preventing or Abetting Crime (Interview with Sue Burrell (Daily Journal – December 13, 1999)

This is a December 13, 1999 Daily Journal article on Proposition 21,...

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This is a December 13, 1999 Daily Journal article on Proposition 21, a voter inititative that dramatically changed juvenile law in California -- primarily by making it easier to try youth in the adult system and by increasing sentences and enhancements for crimes. The Youth Law Center was actively engaged in trying to defeat the measure on the grounds that voters could not possibly understand what they were voting on; out of opposition to making such complex changes on a yes or no vote; and out of concern for the "adultification" provisions contained in the initiative. The opposition was underfunded and unable to overcome the perception that the measure would help to stem gang crime, and it was enacted in 2000. This article features YLC staff attorney Sue Burrell voicing concerns about Proposition 21.

Author(s):

John Roemer

Date:

12/1999

Document Type:

Articles/Monographs

Document:

Daily-Journal-Intterveiw-of-SB-on-Prop-21-12-13-99.pdf

Juveniles in Jails/Prisons, Trying juveniles as adults

AB 945 (Nunez) – California Legislative Session 2003-2004

The Youth Law Center sponsored this bill, which makes it more difficult...

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The Youth Law Center sponsored this bill, which makes it more difficult for youth being tired as adults to be routinely transferred to adult jails. The bill was enacted into law. It adds Welfare and Institutions Code section 206.7, which provides that a juvenile may be transferred to an adult jail, only if the court finds that the minor poses a danger to the staff, other minors in the juvenile facility, or to the public because of the minor's failure to respond to the disciplinary control of the juvenile facility, or because the nature of the danger posed by the minor cannot safely be managed by the disciplinary procedures of the juvenile facility. The findings must be made on the record.

Author(s):

Sue Burrell

Date:

9/2003

Document Type:

Legislative Materials

Document:

AB-945-Assembly-Bill-CHAPTERED.htm

LWOP/extremely long sentences, Trying juveniles as adults

SB 1223 (Kuehl) – 2003-2004 California Legislative Session

This is a bill sponsored by the Youth Law Center, which would...

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This is a bill sponsored by the Youth Law Center, which would have provided for resentencing of juveniles tried as adults after they serrved 10 years or reached age 25. The bill was not enacted, but years later, the U.S. Supreme Court recognized a right of review for juveniles sentencing to life without parole for non-homicide offenses (Graham v. Florida), and this ignited renewed interest in bills like S.B. 1223.

Author(s):

Sue Burrell

Date:

3/2004

Document Type:

Legislative Materials

Document:

SB-1223-Kuehl-juvenile-resentencing-2003-2004-session-not-enacted.docx

Competence to stand trial

Protocol for Competence in California Juvenile Justice Proceedings Revised

This protocol is a guide for handling cases involving potential competence issues...

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This protocol is a guide for handling cases involving potential competence issues juvenile court.

Author(s):

Sue Burrell

Date:

11/2012

Document Type:

Articles/Monographs

Document:

Protocol-with-Title-Page.pdf

English learner/migrant/homeless

Alejo v. O’Connell Petition

The Youth Law Center and the California Rural Legal Assistance filed a...

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The Youth Law Center and the California Rural Legal Assistance filed a lawsuit, Alejo v. O'Connell, challenging the cancellation of monitoring reviews of Homeless, Neglected or Delinquent, Migrant and English Learner programs by Superintendent O’Connell.

Author(s):

Plaintiffs

Date:

6/2009

Document Type:

Litigation Materials

Document:

AlejovOConnellPetition.pdf

Foster care, Health care needs, Mental health needs, Specific Services

Senator Debbie Stabenow’s Amendment re TFC

The Youth Law Center joined with over 35 national child welfare and...

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The Youth Law Center joined with over 35 national child welfare and mental organizations to thank Senator Debbie Stabenow for introducing an amendment to ensure that Medicaid coverage includes Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC.) TFC provides medically necessary, cost effective services to at least 50,000 children with severe mental and behavioral health needs in a community-based environment. The amendment, which was added to the Senate Finance Committee’s health care reform bill, will provide a statutory definition of therapeutic foster care and protect Medicaid reimbursement for treatment provided in TFC programs.

Author(s):

Senator Debbie Stabenow

Date:

9/2009

Document Type:

Legislative Materials

Document:

StabenowTFCAmendment.pdf

Foster care, Health care needs, Mental health needs, Specific Services

Thank You Letter to Senator Debbie Stabenow Re Medicaid Coverage Amendment

The Youth Law Center joined with over 35 national child welfare and...

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The Youth Law Center joined with over 35 national child welfare and mental organizations to thank Senator Debbie Stabenow for introducing an amendment to ensure that Medicaid coverage includes Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC.) TFC provides medically necessary, cost effective services to at least 50,000 children with severe mental and behavioral health needs in a community-based environment. The amendment, which was added to the Senate Finance Committee’s health care reform bill, will provide a statutory definition of therapeutic foster care and protect Medicaid reimbursement for treatment provided in TFC programs.

Author(s):

35 Advocacy Programs

Date:

9/2009

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

StabenowTFCAmendmentThankYou.pdf

Detention, Juvenile justice legal issues, Legal/policy issues

Sacramento Valley Mirror’s Sex, Drugs and Violence in Tehama Juvenile Hall

YLC Attorney Sue Burrell was interviewed for this four part Sacramento...

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YLC Attorney Sue Burrell was interviewed for this four part Sacramento Valley Mirror series that exposed alleged sexual misconduct by Tehama County Juvenile Hall staff with detained juveniles. Sue provided background information about applicable laws and regulations. The four part series ran August 19 to August 29, 2009.

Author(s):

Sacarmento Valley Mirror

Date:

8/2009

Document Type:

Articles/Monographs

Document:

SacramentoValleyMirrorTehamaJH4PartSeries.pdf

LGBTQ

Hidden Injustice: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth in Juvenile Courts

Hidden Injustice: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth in Juvenile Courts is...

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Hidden Injustice: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth in Juvenile Courts is the first comprehensive report to examine the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth in juvenile courts nationwide. LGBT youth comprise a significant portion (up to 13%) of youth in detention, according to a recent study by Ceres Policy Research. Despite this compelling statistic, LGBT youth remain invisible to many juvenile justice professionals and are often treated unfairly and harshly in the justice system. Drawing from first-hand accounts of more than 50 LGBT youth and in-depth interviews of more than 60 juvenile court judges, defense attorneys, prosecutors, probation officers, and detention staff from across the country, this groundbreaking report sheds light on the numerous barriers to fair and effective treatment of court-involved LGBT youth. The report also provides juvenile justice professionals, policymakers, and advocates with detailed practice and policy recommendations to help them address these problems head on. Hidden Injustice is an invaluable resource for anyone who is committed to pursuing a fair and just juvenile delinquency system in which the constitutional rights of all youth are upheld and all youth are treated with dignity, fairness, and respect. Maria Ramiu, YLC Staff Attorney, is on the Advisory Board of the Equity Project.

Author(s):

Equity Project

Date:

11/2009

Document Type:

Articles/Monographs

Document:

hidden_injustice.pdf

Practice standards/guides

Evaluation of the Guardian Ad Litem System in Nebraska

This report assessing Nebraska’s system of child representation was released on January...

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This report assessing Nebraska’s system of child representation was released on January 9, 2010. The report was conducted by the National Association of Counsel for Children, Suffolk University law professor Erik Pitchal, child welfare expert Madelyn Freundlich, and Youth Law Center Staff Attorney Corene Kendrick. The report documents that Nebraska’s current structure for providing GAL services results in uneven performance and lack of accountability. While there are a number of aspects of the Nebraska GAL system that function fairly well, the findings reveal wide agreement within stakeholder groups that despite many good intentions, the structure of the GAL system in Nebraska undermines the ability of GALs to perform in compliance with reasonable practice standards. While there are individual GALs who are able to overcome the structural problems to provide good service, the findings show that, overall, GALs are not visiting their clients; they are not zealously advocating for appropriate permanency for their clients; they are not making their clients’ position known to the court; they are not using independent experts to assist them in understanding their clients and in presenting alternative service plans to the court; they are not actively investigating their clients’ education needs; and they are not receiving sufficient training or supervision.

Author(s):

Suffolk University law professor Erik Pitchal, child welfare expert Madelyn Freundlich, and Youth Law Center Staff Attorney Corene Kendrick.

Date:

1/2010

Document Type:

Articles/Monographs

Document:

FINALNEBRASKAGALREPORT12909.pdf

Babies/young children

Flyer for Webinar on Improving Outcomes for Infants and Toddlers in Foster Care

Flyer for webinar on Improving Outcomes for Infants and Toddlers in Foster...

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Flyer for webinar on Improving Outcomes for Infants and Toddlers in Foster Care on February 25, 2009 from 10:00-11:30 facilitated by YLC Staff Attorney Jennifer Rodriguez . The webinar is being hosted by the California Foster Youth Education and Career Network.

Author(s):

CFYECN

Date:

2/2009

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

FebWebinar_Network_Call_Flyer1.pdf

Mental health needs, Placement delay

Mental Health Issues in California’s Juvenile Justice System

Youth Law Center's work on placement delay was cited in this Berkeley...

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Youth Law Center's work on placement delay was cited in this Berkeley Center on Criminal Justice Policy Brief, Mental Health Issues in California’s Juvenile Justice System (May 2010). The Policy Brief discusses a range is issues in serving youth with mental health needs in the California juvenile justice system, including the need for uniform definitions, better data, prompt assessment using validated tools, enhanced access to outcome-based services, and improved inter-agency collaboration.

Author(s):

Berkeley Center on Criminal Justice

Date:

5/2010

Document Type:

Articles/Monographs

Document:

BCCJ_Mental_Health_Policy_Brief_May_2010.pdf

Babies/young children, Congregate care

YLC Letter to Commissioner Susan Hamilton re Congregate Care for Young Children

Since 2009, the Youth Law Center has been working with Connecticut advocates...

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Since 2009, the Youth Law Center has been working with Connecticut advocates to reduce group care, particularly for young children under the age of six, using research about the negative effects that group care can have on young children to advocate for change. The Department of Children and Family Services (DCF) issued a report on August 4, 2011, that reviews some of this research, which is available on YLC’s Just Beginning website. According to this report, congregate care will be substantially reduced for Connecticut children in foster care.

Author(s):

Carole Shauffer and Alice Bussiere

Date:

6/2009

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

LettertoCommissionerSusanHamilton61009.pdf

AB 12, Disposition/placement, Foster care

Probation Provisions in California’s Fostering Connections to Success Act – Powerpoint Presentation

On August 30, 2011, Jennifer Rodriguez and Maria Ramiu presented a webinar...

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On August 30, 2011, Jennifer Rodriguez and Maria Ramiu presented a webinar on “Probation Provisions in California’s Fostering Connections to Success Act.” Probation staff from more than twenty counties attended the webinar and most were interested in future webinars after AB 12 and AB 212 are enacted. This is the powerpoint that was presented at the training.

Author(s):

Maria Ramiu and Jennifer Rodriguez

Date:

8/2011

Document Type:

Training Materials

Document:

FinalProbationWebinarYLC083011.ppt

Babies/young children, Early childhood

Foster Care for Young Children, Why It Must Be Developmentally Informed

The Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry published...

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The Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry published this article entitled, Foster Care for Young Children: Why It Must Be Developmentally Informed, in their December issue. It was written by Youth Law Center's Executive Director, Carole Shauffer, Dr. Charles H. Zeanah with the Institute of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health, Tulane University School of Medicine and Dr. Mary Dozier with the University of Delaware. The focus of the article is that a central problem of foster care is that it is often not developmentally informed and that foster care for young children should be a different intervention than for older children.

Author(s):

Carole Shauffer, Dr. Charles H. Zeanah and Dr. Mary Dozier

Date:

12/2010

Document Type:

Articles/Monographs

Document:

ZeanahShaufferDozier2011.pdf

Foster care nurses

CHDP Letter re Realignment

The Health Care Program for Children in Foster Care will be removed...

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The Health Care Program for Children in Foster Care will be removed from the list of California programs to be realigned to the counties under an agreement between the California Department of Social Services (CDSS) and the County Welfare Directors Association. The Youth Law Center opposed realignment of the program, which provides public health nurses to coordinate health, mental health, and dental care for children in foster care. Foster care nurses play an important role in protecting the health and safety of children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect, and are the centerpiece of California’s federally mandated health care oversight and coordination plan for children in foster care. The Executive Committee of the Child Health & Disability Prevention Program also opposed realignment of the program.

Author(s):

Michelle Pearl-Krizo

Date:

1/2012

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

CHDPLETTER.pdf

Foster care nurses

YLC Letter to Secretary Dooley re Realignment of HCPCFC

The Youth Law Center opposed realignment of the program, which provides public...

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The Youth Law Center opposed realignment of the program, which provides public health nurses to coordinate health, mental health, and dental care for children in foster care. Foster care nurses play an important role in protecting the health and safety of children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect, and are the centerpiece of California’s federally mandated health care oversight and coordination plan for children in foster care. The Executive Committee of the Child Health & Disability Prevention Program also opposed realignment of the program.

Author(s):

Alice Bussiere

Date:

1/2012

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

LettertoSecretaryDooley11012RealignmentoHCPCFC.pdf

Foster care nurses

CDSS Letter re Realignment of the Health Care Program for Children in Foster Care

This letter is in response to Youth Law Center letter opposing realignment...

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This letter is in response to Youth Law Center letter opposing realignment of the program, which provides public health nurses to coordinate health, mental health, and dental care for children in foster care. Foster care nurses play an important role in protecting the health and safety of children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect, and are the centerpiece of California’s federally mandated health care oversight and coordination plan for children in foster care. The Executive Committee of the Child Health & Disability Prevention Program also opposed realignment of the program.

Author(s):

CDSS

Date:

1/2012

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

CDSSResponse012612.pdf

Adoption, Adoption assistance

Adoption Assistance: An Introduction – Clearinghouse Review Article

"Adoption Assistance: An Introduction" by Alice Bussiere has been published in the...

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"Adoption Assistance: An Introduction" by Alice Bussiere has been published in the July-August, 2011 issue of Clearinghouse Review. Bussiere writes that adoption assistance programs provide crucial support for families adopting children with special needs. However, such federal and state programs can be difficult for both parents and their advocates to navigate. Adoption advocates need to familiarize themselves with the eligibility guidelines and assistance rules of these programs to make sure that their clients’ adoptions are successful.

Author(s):

Alice Bussiere

Date:

7/2011

Document Type:

Articles/Monographs

Document:

Adoption-Assistance-July-August-2011-Clearinghouse-Review.pdf

Division of Juvenile Facilities, Legal/policy issues, Special education, Training school

Nick O. v. Terhune Stipulation and Order

Nick O. v. Terhune was a federal class action challenging the failure...

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Nick O. v. Terhune was a federal class action challenging the failure of the defendants to provide appropriate special education and related services to youth confined at the California Youth Authority. Judgment was entered on May 7, 1990, in which the defendants agreed to ensure that all class members would be provided with a free appropriate public education, including special education and related services, in the least restrictive environment consistent with their unique needs in compliance with federal and state laws. The CYA subsequently hired approximately 100 new teachers and educational administrators, and greatly improved screening procedures for incoming wards. However, because of ongoing concerns about compliance with the terms of the settlement, particularly the provision of special education services to youth in lockdown units, the Youth Law Center monitored the terms of the settlement with respect to the N.A. Chaderjian, Fred C. Nelles and Heman G. Stark Correctional Facilities until January 31, 2001, when the stipulation and order to extend court supervision expired.

Author(s):

All Parties

Date:

2/1990

Document Type:

Litigation Materials

Document:

NickOstip.pdf

Foster care, Foster parents, Relatives/kinship care

QPI Process Chart

This chart describes what will be covered at each QPI meeting, who...

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This chart describes what will be covered at each QPI meeting, who is to attend and what are the resources at each.

Author(s):

Youth Law Center

Date:

7/2011

Document Type:

Training Materials

Document:

QPIProcessChart81811.pdf

Foster care, Foster parents, Relatives/kinship care

All County Letter re Caregiver Recruitment and Retention Pilot

The purpose of this All County Information Notice (ACIN) is to provide...

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The purpose of this All County Information Notice (ACIN) is to provide information regarding the opportunity to participate as a pilot site for a Caregiver Recruitment and Retention Pilot project and information on an upcoming meeting for interested counties. The pilot is a collaborative effort between the California Department of Social Services (CDSS), Youth Law Center (YLC), and Child Welfare Directors Association (CWDA).

Author(s):

CDSS

Date:

11/2009

Document Type:

Advocacy Materials

Document:

I-83_09.pdf

Foster care, Foster parents, Relatives/kinship care

Fostering Families Today Article on QPI

This article, written by Carole Shauffer, describes what QPI is.

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This article, written by Carole Shauffer, describes what QPI is.

Author(s):

Carole Shauffer

Date:

6/2012

Document Type:

Articles/Monographs

Document:

QPIFFT.pdf

Access to care

Marquez v. California Department of Health Petition

Marquez v California Department of Health, challenges California Medi-Cal policies that deny...

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Marquez v California Department of Health, challenges California Medi-Cal policies that deny necessary medical care to children who have other health care coverage (OHC) when the other coverage does not provide the health care services the child needs. Medi-Cal policy requires individuals to use other available health care coverage before relying on Medi-Cal, but the lawsuit alleges the California Department of Health Care Services does not determine whether services are actually available through the OHC before denying Medi-Cal coverage. The lawsuit, filed September 25, 2009, in San Francisco Superior Court, seeks changes in Medi-Cal policy to ensure that children are able to get the critical health care services they need. In addition to Youth Law Center, the petitioners are represented by Bay Area Legal Aid, Lucy Quacinella, Esq., Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County, and the Western Center on Law and Poverty.

Author(s):

Plaintiff Attorneys

Date:

9/2009

Document Type:

Litigation Materials

Document:

Marquez_Complaint.pdf

Juveniles in Jails/Prisons

Yellen v. Ada County Order of Permanent Injunction

Yellen v. Ada County was filed on behalf of juveniles incarcerated at...

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Yellen v. Ada County was filed on behalf of juveniles incarcerated at the Ada County Jail in Boise. In May, 1982, 17-year-old Christopher Peterman was placed in the jail for failing to pay $73 in traffic fines. Over a 14-hour period, he was tortured and finally murdered by other prisoners in his cell. Another 17-year-old, Frederick Yellen, Jr., was beaten unconscious by the same inmates several days before Chris Peterman was killed. Jail records revealed that over 650 juveniles had been held in the jail over a three-year period, 42% for traffic violations and 17% for status offenses. In February, 1985, local officials entered into a consent decree ending the incarceration of juveniles in the Ada County Jail.

Author(s):

Judge McNichols

Date:

2/1985

Document Type:

Litigation Materials

Document:

yelleninjunction.pdf

Juveniles in Jails/Prisons

Yellen v. Ada County Second Amended Complaint

Yellen v. Ada County was filed on behalf of juveniles incarcerated at...

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Yellen v. Ada County was filed on behalf of juveniles incarcerated at the Ada County Jail in Boise. In May, 1982, 17-year-old Christopher Peterman was placed in the jail for failing to pay $73 in traffic fines. Over a 14-hour period, he was tortured and finally murdered by other prisoners in his cell. Another 17-year-old, Frederick Yellen, Jr., was beaten unconscious by the same inmates several days before Chris Peterman was killed. Jail records revealed that over 650 juveniles had been held in the jail over a three-year period, 42% for traffic violations and 17% for status offenses. In February, 1985, local officials entered into a consent decree ending the incarceration of juveniles in the Ada County Jail. Second Amended Complaint Order of Permanent Injunction

Author(s):

Youth Law Center

Date:

5/1983

Document Type:

Litigation Materials

Document:

Yellencomplaint.pdf

Legal/policy issues, Mental health needs, Specific services/programs, Training school

Willie M. v. Hunt Judgment and Order

Willie M. v. Hunt was a federal civil rights lawsuit that challenged...

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Willie M. v. Hunt was a federal civil rights lawsuit that challenged the state's failure to provide adequate community-based treatment facilities for children labeled 'violent' or 'aggressive.' Prior to the lawsuit, class members were often warehoused in large mental health institutions and juvenile training schools and deprived of any meaningful treatment. As a result of the litigation, the defendant state officials entered into a settlement which recognizes the right of these children to appropriate treatment in the least restrictive setting and which obligates the state to develop new community-based facilities. An independent review panel was created to monitor compliance efforts. By late 1987, over $100 million had been appropriated by the North Carolina General Assembly for treatment of children under the Willie M. program.

Author(s):

Judge

Date:

1/1998

Document Type:

Litigation Materials

Document:

WillieMorder.pdf

Legal/policy issues, Mental health needs, Specific services/programs, Training school

Willie M. v. Hunt Complaint

Willie M. v. Hunt was a federal civil rights lawsuit that challenged...

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Willie M. v. Hunt was a federal civil rights lawsuit that challenged the state's failure to provide adequate community-based treatment facilities for children labeled 'violent' or 'aggressive.' Prior to the lawsuit, class members were often warehoused in large mental health institutions and juvenile training schools and deprived of any meaningful treatment. As a result of the litigation, the defendant state officials entered into a settlement which recognizes the right of these children to appropriate treatment in the least restrictive setting and which obligates the state to develop new community-based facilities. An independent review panel was created to monitor compliance efforts. By late 1987, over $100 million had been appropriated by the North Carolina General Assembly for treatment of children under the Willie M. program.

Author(s):

Youth Law Center

Date:

10/1979

Document Type:

Litigation Materials

Document:

WillieMcomplaint.pdf

Foster care, Relatives/kinship care

Wheeler v. Sanders Joint Stipulation for Dismissal

Filed in December 2003, Wheeler v. Sanders alleged that Los Angeles County...

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Filed in December 2003, Wheeler v. Sanders alleged that Los Angeles County violated state and federal requirements designed to ensure children are safe because the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services failed to approve relative foster homes according to legal standards and to assist relatives in meeting basic health and safety requirements. Over 11,000 foster children, over 36% of all foster children in Los Angeles County, were living with relatives at the time the lawsuit was filed. When children are removed from their parents because of abuse or neglect, California law gives a preference to placing them with relatives who are willing and able to care for them. In order to ensure that children are safe, federal and state law require the county to inspect and approve relative foster homes according to standards that are equivalent to foster care licensing standards. State policy also requires the county to assist relatives in meeting the standards, and to provide them with notice of the approval decision and an opportunity to appeal any denial of approval. In 2002, Health and Human Services found California out of compliance with relative approval requirements and began withholding over $17 million per quarter. In October 2002, the Youth Law Center settled a lawsuit with the state resulting in a court order designed to bring California into compliance. However, audits showed that Los Angeles County was still not in compliance with the law. On August 30, 2005, Los Angeles County pledged to improve the way social workers monitor the homes of foster children living with relatives, settling this lawsuit. Under the settlement, the county promised to uphold state and federal rules on checking the suitability of relatives' homes for foster children. The county also agreed to introduce spot-checks to ensure that the assessments are done correctly. Under the terms of the settlement, the county provided YLC with quarterly reports through November 2008 when the County reported two consecutive quarters of compliance of 90% or better. Reverend David Wheeler, a minister and advocate for children and families, brought this lawsuit and was represented by the Youth Law Center and Jeffrey Spitz and Hajir Ardebili with Greenberg, Glusker, Fields, Claman, Machtinger & Kinsella, a Los Angeles law firm.

Author(s):

All parties

Date:

8/2005

Document Type:

Litigation Materials

Document:

wheelersettlement.pdf

Foster care, Relatives/kinship care

Wheeler v. Sanders Petition for Writ and Complaint

Filed in December 2003, Wheeler v. Sanders alleged that Los Angeles County...

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Filed in December 2003, Wheeler v. Sanders alleged that Los Angeles County violated state and federal requirements designed to ensure children are safe because the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services failed to approve relative foster homes according to legal standards and to assist relatives in meeting basic health and safety requirements. Over 11,000 foster children, over 36% of all foster children in Los Angeles County, were living with relatives at the time the lawsuit was filed. When children are removed from their parents because of abuse or neglect, California law gives a preference to placing them with relatives who are willing and able to care for them. In order to ensure that children are safe, federal and state law require the county to inspect and approve relative foster homes according to standards that are equivalent to foster care licensing standards. State policy also requires the county to assist relatives in meeting the standards, and to provide them with notice of the approval decision and an opportunity to appeal any denial of approval. In 2002, Health and Human Services found California out of compliance with relative approval requirements and began withholding over $17 million per quarter. In October 2002, the Youth Law Center settled a lawsuit with the state resulting in a court order designed to bring California into compliance. However, audits showed that Los Angeles County was still not in compliance with the law. On August 30, 2005, Los Angeles County pledged to improve the way social workers monitor the homes of foster children living with relatives, settling this lawsuit. Under the settlement, the county promised to uphold state and federal rules on checking the suitability of relatives' homes for foster children. The county also agreed to introduce spot-checks to ensure that the assessments are done correctly. Under the terms of the settlement, the county provided YLC with quarterly reports through November 2008 when the County reported two consecutive quarters of compliance of 90% or better. Reverend David Wheeler, a minister and advocate for children and families, brought this lawsuit and was represented by the Youth Law Center and Jeffrey Spitz and Hajir Ardebili with Greenberg, Glusker, Fields, Claman, Machtinger & Kinsella, a Los Angeles law firm. Petition for Writ and Complaint Joint Stiputation for Dismissal

Author(s):

Youth Law Center

Date:

12/2003

Document Type:

Litigation Materials

Document:

wheelerpetitionforwrit.pdf

Juveniles in Jails/Prisons

Weathers v. Leidig Partial Consent Judgment

Weathers v. Leidig was a federal civil rights class action challenging the...

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Weathers v. Leidig was a federal civil rights class action challenging the confinement of juveniles in the county jail for subjecting them to cruel, unconscionable and illegal conditions of confinement; placing status offenders and other juveniles who presented no danger to themselves or others in secure confinement cells; failing to separate juveniles adequately from adult offenders; and failing to provide them with detention homes or other appropriate community-based alternatives to placement in county jails. As a result of the lawsuit, juveniles are no longer held in the county jail and juvenile detention services are provided for all delinquents, traffic, or fish and game law violators.

Author(s):

All parties

Date:

10/1982

Document Type:

Litigation Materials

Document:

weathersconsent.pdf

Juveniles in Jails/Prisons

Weathers v. Leidig Second Amended Complaint

Weathers v. Leidig was a federal civil rights class action challenging the...

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Weathers v. Leidig was a federal civil rights class action challenging the confinement of juveniles in the county jail for subjecting them to cruel, unconscionable and illegal conditions of confinement; placing status offenders and other juveniles who presented no danger to themselves or others in secure confinement cells; failing to separate juveniles adequately from adult offenders; and failing to provide them with detention homes or other appropriate community-based alternatives to placement in county jails. As a result of the lawsuit, juveniles are no longer held in the county jail and juvenile detention services are provided for all delinquents, traffic, or fish and game law violators.

Author(s):

Youth Law Center

Date:

2/1982

Document Type:

Litigation Materials

Document:

weatherscomplaint.pdf

Foster care, Inspection/assessment material

Warren v. Saenz Peremptory Writ of Mandate

Warren v. Saenz was a taxpayer action alleging that the California Department...

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Warren v. Saenz was a taxpayer action alleging that the California Department of Social Services has deliberately ignored the fact that nine counties -- including Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Clara, and Orange -- operate shelter facilities in violation of state licensing laws. Charging that thousands of California's abused and neglected children each year are housed in unlicensed, overcrowded, and sometimes violent shelter care facilities, the Youth Law Center sued to require the state agency to close county run shelters that did not meet licensing standards. According to the complaint, children in these shelters slept in hallways or overcrowded rooms, did not receive needed mental health treatment, and were treated like prisoners although they are the victims of abuse or neglect. The Youth Law Center represented Joy Warren, a San Diego resident who was in foster care and confined in a San Diego County shelter. On April 10, 2001, the court ordered the California Department of Social Services to require all county-operated shelters to meet community care licensing requirements. The state issued provisional licenses for eight shelters in July and August, 2001. The Youth Law Center is monitoring the implementation of the licensing requirements to ensure that children in public shelters are protected.

Author(s):

Judge

Date:

5/2001

Document Type:

Litigation Materials

Document:

warrenwrit.pdf

Foster care, Inspection/assessment material

Warren v. Saenz Petition for Writ and Complaint

Warren v. Saenz was a taxpayer action alleging that the California Department...

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Warren v. Saenz was a taxpayer action alleging that the California Department of Social Services has deliberately ignored the fact that nine counties -- including Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Clara, and Orange -- operate shelter facilities in violation of state licensing laws. Charging that thousands of California's abused and neglected children each year are housed in unlicensed, overcrowded, and sometimes violent shelter care facilities, the Youth Law Center sued to require the state agency to close county run shelters that did not meet licensing standards. According to the complaint, children in these shelters slept in hallways or overcrowded rooms, did not receive needed mental health treatment, and were treated like prisoners although they are the victims of abuse or neglect. The Youth Law Center represented Joy Warren, a San Diego resident who was in foster care and confined in a San Diego County shelter. On April 10, 2001, the court ordered the California Department of Social Services to require all county-operated shelters to meet community care licensing requirements. The state issued provisional licenses for eight shelters in July and August, 2001. The Youth Law Center is monitoring the implementation of the licensing requirements to ensure that children in public shelters are protected. Petition for Writ and Complaint Peremptory Writ of Mandate

Author(s):

Youth Law Center

Date:

12/2000

Document Type:

Litigation Materials

Document:

warrencomplaint.pdf

Foster care

Ward v. Kearney Settlement Agreement

Ward v. Kearney was a federal class action lawsuit that alleged that...

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Ward v. Kearney was a federal class action lawsuit that alleged that Broward County's foster homes, shelters, and other residential facilities were crowded and children were not screened to determine if they present a risk to other children. It also challenged the caseload size and turnover of foster care workers. Broward County's foster care workers had caseloads that averaged several times the nationally recommended standard, and turnover has been as high as 80% during one recent twelve-month period. We co counseled this case with YLC board members Howard Talenfeld of Colodny, Fass & Talenfeld, and Michael Dale, Professor of Law at Nova University Law School. After extensive negotiations, we settled this case in January 2000.

Author(s):

All parties

Date:

1/2000

Document Type:

Litigation Materials

Document:

wardsettlement.pdf

Foster care

Ward v. Kearney Complaint

Ward v. Kearney was a federal class action lawsuit that alleged that...

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Ward v. Kearney was a federal class action lawsuit that alleged that Broward County's foster homes, shelters, and other residential facilities were crowded and children were not screened to determine if they present a risk to other children. It also challenged the caseload size and turnover of foster care workers. Broward County's foster care workers had caseloads that averaged several times the nationally recommended standard, and turnover has been as high as 80% during one recent twelve-month period. We co counseled this case with YLC board members Howard Talenfeld of Colodny, Fass & Talenfeld, and Michael Dale, Professor of Law at Nova University Law School. After extensive negotiations, we settled this case in January 2000.

Author(s):

Youth Law Center

Date:

10/1998

Document Type:

Litigation Materials

Document:

wardcomplaint.pdf

Detention, Enrollment/re-entry, Legal/policy issues

Tommy P.v. Board of County Commissioners Memorandum and Judgment

Tommy P. v. Board of County Commissioners was a state court action...

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Tommy P. v. Board of County Commissioners was a state court action to insure that children in detention facilities would have a right to adequate education services during long terms of confinement. After trial, the Superior Court held that children have both federal and state constitutional rights to education during confinement, and ordered Spokane County officials to provide an educational program at the Spokane detention facility. The officials appealed to the Washington Supreme Court, which affirmed the Superior Court's ruling.

Author(s):

Judge

Date:

1/1977

Document Type:

Litigation Materials

Document:

tommypmemoandjudgment.pdf

Detention, Enrollment/re-entry, Legal/policy issues

Tommy P. v. Board of Commissioners First Amended Complaint

Tommy P. v. Board of County Commissioners was a state court action...

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Tommy P. v. Board of County Commissioners was a state court action to insure that children in detention facilities would have a right to adequate education services during long terms of confinement. After trial, the Superior Court held that children have both federal and state constitutional rights to education during confinement, and ordered Spokane County officials to provide an educational program at the Spokane detention facility. The officials appealed to the Washington Supreme Court, which affirmed the Superior Court's ruling.

Author(s):

Youth Law Center

Date:

6/1975

Document Type:

Litigation Materials

Document:

tommypcomplaint.pdf

Foster care

Timothy J. v. Chaffee Settlement Agreement

Timothy J. v. Chaffee challenged the failure of the Los Angeles County...

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Timothy J. v. Chaffee challenged the failure of the Los Angeles County Department of Children's Services to monitor children in foster care by having face-to-face contact with each child at least once a month as required by state policy and the failure of Los Angeles County to file a plan for child welfare services as required by state law. This amended complaint was filed in 1988 by staff attorney Carole Shauffer, along with National Center for Youth Law attorney Alice Bussiere and legal services and public interest lawyers in Los Angeles. The suit arose in part over the fact that reports of abuse of children in foster care (about 1,100 in a one-year period) have often not been investigated, leaving the children in dangerous and even life-threatening situations. Homes licensed to care for six children were housing twenty, with infants sleeping two and three to a crib and older children sleeping on garage or basements floors. As the result of the litigation, the entire foster care system in Los Angeles has undergone intensive reorganization and administrative reform. The settlement includes the Youth Law Center's participation in a pilot program for community-based child welfare services in Los Angeles County.

Author(s):

All parties

Date:

10/1993

Document Type:

Litigation Materials

Document:

timothyjsettlement.pdf

Foster care

Timothy J. v. Chaffee First Amended Complaint

Timothy J. v. Chaffee challenged the failure of the Los Angeles County...

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Timothy J. v. Chaffee challenged the failure of the Los Angeles County Department of Children's Services to monitor children in foster care by having face-to-face contact with each child at least once a month as required by state policy and the failure of Los Angeles County to file a plan for child welfare services as required by state law. The amended complaint was filed in 1988 by staff attorney Carole Shauffer, along with National Center for Youth Law attorney Alice Bussiere and legal services and public interest lawyers in Los Angeles. The suit arose in part over the fact that reports of abuse of children in foster care (about 1,100 in a one-year period) have often not been investigated, leaving the children in dangerous and even life-threatening situations. Homes licensed to care for six children were housing twenty, with infants sleeping two and three to a crib and older children sleeping on garage or basements floors. As the result of the litigation, the entire foster care system in Los Angeles has undergone intensive reorganization and administrative reform. The settlement includes the Youth Law Center's participation in a pilot program for community-based child welfare services in Los Angeles County.

Author(s):

Plaintiffs Attorneys

Date:

11/1988

Document Type:

Litigation Materials

Document:

timothyjcomplaint.pdf

Division of Juvenile Facilities, Legal/policy issues, Mental health needs, Specific services/programs, Training school

Morris v. Harper (Wilber v. Cate) Peremptory Writ of Mandamus

This lawsuit was filed in May 2000, challenging the failure of the...

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This lawsuit was filed in May 2000, challenging the failure of the California Youth Authority (now the Division of Juvenile Justice) to license its inpatient medical and mental health services as required by State law. At the time the lawsuit was filed, the Youth Authority was more than four years beyond the date the licensing requirements took effect, even though there was clear evidence that inpatient services were being provided at each of the correctional facilities. Youth Authority's own reports established serious deficiencies in staffing, policies and procedures, record keeping, administrative oversight, and treatment protocols that would necessarily have to be addressed in the licensing process. In addition, particularly with respect to mental health care, there was evidence that many Youth Authority wards required inpatient services. On November 28, 2000, Judge Ronald Quidachay of the Superior Court for the City and County of San Francisco granted the petition for writ of mandate. The judgment required Youth Authority to complete licensing at the three facilities where efforts were already under way, and to comply with the law either through licensing or alternative means of providing for inpatient needs at the other eight facilities. Youth Authority appealed. On October 31, 2001, the California Court of Appeal for the First District, Division Two, emphatically affirmed the trial court judgment. The strongly worded opinion stated: "We cannot agree that this level of inaction can be characterized as a good faith effort to comply with the law. Indeed, the lack of any justifiable reason for the protracted delay is, at best, gross indifference to, if not outright defiance of, the mandates of the Legislature and the judiciary. That this apparent intransigence comes at the expense of the health of at-risk juvenile wards in this state is appalling. We trust that our displeasure at this state of affairs at CYA will be communicated to those in whom this important public trust is reposed. Morris v. Harper (2001) 94 Cal.App.4th 52, 60-61." The parties entered into a stipulated agreement in June 2002, setting new dates for compliance with the judgment, and detailing Youth Authority's plans for handling inpatient services at the facilities where licensing will not occur; with a completion date of April 30, 2004. The case name changed from Morris v. Harper to Wilber v. Warner, and later became Wilber v. Cate, as administrators in state agencies changed. The case remains active. Although the negotiated agreement called for the State to develop four correctional treatment centers – at the Northern California Youth Correctional Center, Heman G. Stark, Ventura and Southern Youth Correctional Center and Clinic, CYA (now renamed Division of Juvenile Justice) obtained a license for only two inpatient programs. This left the system without on site inpatient bed capacity in Northern California, and without a dedicated on- site inpatient unit for girls. YLC filed a new motion to enforce the judgment but agreed to continue the motion to determine whether the state’s response to Farrell v. Cate, which calls for an overhaul of the entire DJJ mental health system, will adequately address the need for inpatient services. YLC has continued to monitor the progress of the Farrell mental health remedial efforts, with the understanding that if those efforts adequately addressed inpatient needs, YLC would hold off on enforcement in Wilber. As of Fall 2009, the experts in Farrell found that inpatient mental health care needs are not adequately addressed by the system. With diminishing institutional population and repeated budgetary proposals to close the Division of Juvenile Justice, the number of youth requiring licensed inpatient care has changed, but these changes have also interposed unexpected barriers to providing inpatient care. Youth Law Center continues to monitor compliance. Youth Law Center attorneys Sue Burrell, Alice Bussiere, and Maria Ramiu have served as counsel in this case.

Author(s):

Judge

Date:

1/2001

Document Type:

Litigation Materials

Document:

wilberwrit.pdf

Division of Juvenile Facilities, Legal/policy issues, Mental health needs, Specific services/programs, Training school

Morris v. Harper (Wilber v. Cate) Statement of Decision

This lawsuit was filed in May 2000, challenging the failure of the...

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This lawsuit was filed in May 2000, challenging the failure of the California Youth Authority (now the Division of Juvenile Justice) to license its inpatient medical and mental health services as required by State law. At the time the lawsuit was filed, the Youth Authority was more than four years beyond the date the licensing requirements took effect, even though there was clear evidence that inpatient services were being provided at each of the correctional facilities. Youth Authority's own reports established serious deficiencies in staffing, policies and procedures, record keeping, administrative oversight, and treatment protocols that would necessarily have to be addressed in the licensing process. In addition, particularly with respect to mental health care, there was evidence that many Youth Authority wards required inpatient services. On November 28, 2000, Judge Ronald Quidachay of the Superior Court for the City and County of San Francisco granted the petition for writ of mandate. The judgment required Youth Authority to complete licensing at the three facilities where efforts were already under way, and to comply with the law either through licensing or alternative means of providing for inpatient needs at the other eight facilities. Youth Authority appealed. On October 31, 2001, the California Court of Appeal for the First District, Division Two, emphatically affirmed the trial court judgment. The strongly worded opinion stated: "We cannot agree that this level of inaction can be characterized as a good faith effort t