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Bill S67-2011

Establishes a pilot program to provide job and vocational skills training to youth who have been adjudicated juvenile delinquents or juvenile offenders

Establishes a pilot program to provide job and vocational skills training to youth who have been adjudicated juvenile delinquents or juvenile offenders residing in a facility overseen by the office of children and family services.

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  • Jan 5, 2011: REFERRED TO CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

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BILL NUMBER:S67

TITLE OF BILL: An act relating to the establishment of a pilot program to provide job and vocational skills training to youth who have been adjudicated juvenile delinquents or juvenile offenders residing in a facility overseen by the office of children and family services; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof

PURPOSE OF THE BILL: Establishes a pilot program that would provide job and vocational skills training to youth who have been adjudicated juvenile delinquents or juvenile offenders and are residing in a facility overseen by the office of children and family services.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 establishes the parameters and goals of the pilot program.

Section 2 clarifies that confidentiality provisions which are otherwise applicable continue to apply to this program.

Section 3 sets out the collaboration between the department of labor and the office of children and family services on the development and operation of these training programs.

Section 4 details reporting requirements.

Section 5 contains the effective date.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: Passed the Senate on June 22,2010; Referred to and died in the Assembly Children and Families Committee.

STATEMENT IN SUPPORT: This bill responds to a recommendation of the Governor's Task Force on Transforming Juvenile Justice issued in December 2009.

OCFS does not currently offer enough vocational training which will help youth in juvenile justice facilities attain practical job skills. By collaborating with the Department of Labor, OCFS will be able to ensure that these youth receive top-quality training that responds to their needs, and perhaps can smooth the path for success once they leave OCFS custody. These training programs will also help these youth develop strengths and assert control over their lives.

BUDGET IMPLICATIONS: Approximately $300,000 - $500,000.

EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be deemed repealed April 1, 2013.


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STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 67 2011-2012 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 5, 2011 ___________
Introduced by Sens. MONTGOMERY, ADAMS, DUANE, HASSELL-THOMPSON, KRUEGER, PARKER, SAMPSON, SAVINO -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Children and Families AN ACT relating to the establishment of a pilot program to provide job and vocational skills training to youth who have been adjudicated juvenile delinquents or juvenile offenders residing in a facility overseen by the office of children and family services; and providing for the repeal of such provisions upon expiration thereof THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, the department of labor, in consultation with the office of children and family services shall conduct a pilot program to provide job and voca- tional skills training to youth who have been adjudicated juvenile delinquents or juvenile offenders under article 3 of the family court act and who are residing in a facility overseen by the office of chil- dren and family services as defined in section 504 or 504-a of the exec- utive law. Such pilot program shall be conducted in three residential facilities chosen by the office of children and family services. The office of children and family services shall choose the three facilities in which the pilot program will be conducted as considering factors including, but not limited to, existing vocational and job skills train- ing programs, the need for expansion of such programs, the average length of stay, and age of youth at the specific facilities. Such pilot program shall use a combination of integrated support services, educa- tional, vocational and job skill training to provide youth with skills needed to advance to higher levels of education and higher wage jobs in growing occupational fields. Youth wishing to participate in such program who are also attending school or are receiving educational services within the facility, must be given an option to participate in
the program at a time that does not conflict with their school or educa- tion schedule. S 2. The name of any youth participating in the pilot program and any other identifying information relating to the placement of such youth at a residential facility, and his or her adjudication as a juvenile delin- quent or juvenile offender, shall remain confidential pursuant to law and shall not be disclosed to any person or entity not otherwise author- ized. S 3. To the extent possible, the department of labor and the office of children and family services shall work in collaboration with community organizations operating in or around the counties where the facilities chosen for the pilot program are located. Such community organizations may include, but not be limited to, not-for-profit organizations, faith based organizations, local development corporations and small busi- nesses. S 4. The department of labor and the office of children and family services shall issue a joint report on the status of the pilot program to the chair of the New York state senate standing committee on children and families, the chair of the New York state senate standing committee on labor, the chair of the New York state assembly standing committee on children and families and the chair of the New York state assembly standing committee on labor by December 31, 2012. Such report shall include, but not be limited to, the status of the program, the number of youth served in the program, the average length of time youth received services in the program, and the employment and educational outcomes of the youth participants if known, as of November 30, 2012. S 5. This act shall take effect immediately and shall expire and be deemed repealed April 1, 2013.

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