PA Council of Chief Juvenile Probation Officers

Projects/Committees List - Pennsylvania Council of Chief Juv. Prob. Officers
The mission of the Youth Level of Service (YLS) Assessment/Case Planning Committee is to facilitate, with fidelity, the implementation of the YLS, including education, training, and analyzing data from the Juvenile Probation Departments; as well as, to promote the development of case plans based on the identified needs and strengths, consistent with the principles of Balanced and Restorative Justice.
For over twenty years, Pennsylvania has endeavored to clarify and attain the three goals of balanced and restorative justice (BARJ):
1. To protect the community
2. To hold youth accountable for offenses committed
3. To assist youth in developing competencies

The Juvenile Justice System Enhancement Strategy (JJSES) has fundamentally altered the operation of Pennsylvania’s juvenile justice system, but our sights remain firmly fixed on the BARJ goals.
Balanced and Restorative Justice Committee Mission Statement: To support and enhance the values, principles, and programs that advance the goals of Balanced and Restorative Justice while employing evidence-based practices whenever possible.
To assist all counties and providers throughout Pennsylvania in enhancing timely access to quality behavioral health services for youths and families involved in every phase of the Pennsylvania's Juvenile Justice System.
Maintain the Council's By-Laws

Make recommendations for amendments as necessary

Advise the President & Council on proper conduct & procedure
The Court and Community Collaboration Committee represents a cross-section of community agencies, juvenile court professionals, victim advocates and individual community members who discuss ways juvenile courts and communities across Pennsylvania can launch meaningful, ongoing alliances. The mission of the Collaboration Initiative is to encourage and empower a legitimate role for our communities to engage in ongoing and open dialogue for effective, fair and restorative practices of justice for all.
Mission Statement:
Consistent with our balanced and restorative justice mission and recognizing prevention as part of the JJSES, this committee will work to advance and support juvenile probation involvement in Pennsylvania’s delinquency prevention efforts.

1. Provide guidance on how to incorporate delinquency prevention efforts into the operation of Juvenile Probation Departments.

2. Support the initiatives and recommendations from PCCD’s Juvenile Justice Prevention Subcommittee.

3. Identify appropriate Evidenced-Based Prevention Programs based on the interpretation of YLS, PAYS, and archival data.

4. Provide direction in obtaining technical assistance for data collection and program development/implementation. (Roll out strategies based on County size/available resources).

5. Provide guidance to align and improve inter-agency coordination and participation in systems collaboration.

6. Provide assistance in developing and/or working with prevention coalitions.

7. Assist in the acquisition of funding to support prevention initiatives (examples: Needs Based Budget, PCCD Grants, JCJC Juvenile Probation Services Annual Grant)
Monitor and report on issues relevant to secure detention and emergency custodial care, i.e. overcrowding, DPW regulatory issues, etc.

This committee has become a liaison between the Chiefs' Council and the Juvenile Court Judges Commission (JCJC), as well as JDCAP.

Current Goals/Initiatives:

* Oversight for the training, implementation and ongoing development of the statewide Detention Risk Assessment instrument called the PaDRAI, an objective tool to assist in objectively determining appropriateness of a detention placement in lieu of less restrictive options.
*Working with other system partners in determining avenues and resources to stabilize the availability of detention beds as well as stabilize the fiscal impact to Counties to operate a detention center
The committee convenes when issues/concerns relating to the Department of Human Services have a direct impact on juvenile justice. It is important to have a representative from juvenile probation attending meetings or sitting on committees formed by DHS where topic areas or discussions will affect the juvenile justice system so the voice of juvenile probation is heard. Issues or questions about the child welfare system can be directed to this committee to research and find answers. Currently the chair represents the Chiefs' Council on the PA Child Welfare Council and attends CCAP Human Services Committee meetings when open to non-members.
Executive Committee of the Pennsylvania Council of Chief Juvenile Probation Officers.
Enhancing family involvement in the juvenile justice has been getting a closer look over the past few years by the Chief's Council to the point where a new Ad Hoc Committee was created in 2010 to address this issue. The Committee's work is capturing state and national interest as we work to identify practices that support family involvement in the juvenile justice system, as well as develop original and Pennsylvania specific resources where needed.

In 2008 the Balanced and Restorative Justice Implementation Committee revised their Strategic Plan to add the goal, "To develop a family involvement focus within the balanced and restorative justice model." Following the addition of that goal, a workgroup was formed with membership from both juvenile justice and family advocacy to address this issue and ultimately led to the development of the Family Involvement in Pennsylvania's Juvenile Justice System monograph. That workgroup was raised to full Chief's Committee status in 2010 as recognition that family involvement remains one of the cornerstones of the Juvenile Justice System Enhancement Strategy.
Monitor grant activity and coordinate efforts with PCCD on behalf of the Council
Be responsible for liaison between the Council and programs on juvenile justice established by legal enactment (official agencies) at the State and Municipal levels

Cooperate with the Council in making recommendations to the Executive Board regarding initiation of needed legislation on the State level in the juvenile justice field

Evaluate pending legislation in the field of juvenile justice, making recommendations to the Council and Executive Board in support or disapproval of such bills

Pursue State funding legislation for reimbursement of the cost of Juvenile Probation administration and services and update the Council on progress of same

-Monitor the daily activity of the Pennsylvania Legislature for any and all Juvenile Justice related legislation that is introduced and pending
-Prepare a legislation tracking sheet that monitors the movement of Juvenile Justice related bills within the PA Legislature
-Evaluate pending legislation in the field of Juvenile Justice, confer with members of the JCJC on pending legislation, and apprise the Executive Committee of the Council on the status of the legislation
-Represent the Council's position to PA Legislative committee chairs and committee members on pending legislation
-Monitor the weekly postings in The Pennsylvania Bulletin for Juvenile Justice related entries, confer with members of JCJC and apprise the Executive Committee of the Council on the nature of the postings.
-Represent the Council's position to the entities that have made postings in The Pennsylvania Bulletin.
Act on application for membership in the Council and provide for recruitment of new members

Continue the work of the Curriculum Development Committee

Fundraising efforts
Prepare a slate from the list of individual members of the Council for each office
Study methods which may improve the overall functioning of juvenile and family Courts and foster improvement of the Council

Monitor effect of fiscal issues: IV-A, Block grants, Act 148

Juvenile Justice Task Force

Children's Services Task Force

Juvenile Justice Subcommittee

The Planning Committee of the PA Council of Chief Juvenile Probation Officers established seven regional groups to assist Chief Juvenile Probation Officers with opportunities to exchange JJSES information and other important juvenile justice related issues, while providing the Council’s Executive Committee with a better understanding of the needs and capacities of juvenile probation departments.
Prepare presentations and recruit speakers as needed for Council Meetings, Probation Only Meetings, and to ensure that available training is adequate for the needs of juvenile and family Court personnel.
The Provider Sub-Committee is responsible for sponsoring a forum in which Juvenile Justice Service Providers are able to meet with Chief Juvenile Probation Officers to discuss current issues, problems, and system changes. It is also a means for the Chiefs’ Council to communicate with the provider community.

The Provider Sub-Committee works to keep the provider community connected to the Chiefs’ Counsel in order to complete goals. This is accomplished through hosting the Provider Forum up to four times a year, generally the day prior to the General Membership meeting.

Current Goal/Initiative:

Utilize the Provider forum to communicate the latest updates to the Juvenile Justice System Enhancement Strategy, and to advance best practices working with youth in the juvenile justice system.


This committee is not currently looking for new members; however, attendance at the Provider Forums is greatly appreciated
Prepare and/or arrange the preparation of information for publication, distribution, and discussion mainly through the Chiefs' Council website.

Engage with other committees to ensure their committee work is being depicted on the website.

Assist with Chiefs to obtain feedback from other Chiefs regarding department policies and procedures.
The committee is responsible for identifying individuals (Chiefs, Deputy Chiefs, Supervisors, Probation Officers, and Support Staff) within the organization who, upon retiring, are recognized for their years of service and commitment to the Juvenile Justice system. Individuals are recognized with a plaque or a certificate at a general membership meeting.

Committee is also responsible for sending expressions of sympathy and/or condolences to members and/or their families.

Committee chair disperses information to Chiefs regarding members via website email system.
To provide a central location for research materials that would assist Juvenile Courts in the Evidence Based Probation implementation and sustainability.

The materials will be reviewed to ensure their relevance to JJSES and organized in a framework that would provide users with a synopsis of the material and its connection to current JJSES projects. This framework will allow for a time efficient review process by interested parties.

Specific responsibilities include: Evaluate trends and propose changes to the Juvenile Justice System; Identify national connections; Coordination of information.
To provide the Pennsylvania Council of Chief Juvenile Probation Officers best practices for the implementation of an effective safety program, as well as to address all safety related concerns and issues for juvenile probation officers throughout the Commonwealth.
Ensure that standards set forth by the Juvenile Court Judges' Commission or other responsible body are appropriate for the proper functioning of the Juvenile Justice System
The Technology committee establishes best practice recommendations across the state to establish consistency in utilization of the Juvenile Court Case Management System and the Common Pleas Case Management System. The Technology committee serves to represent the PA Chiefs counsel on technological advancements in the field of Juvenile Justice and makes recommendations on the best way to implement these practices.

*For information regarding CPCMS technology, please visit the "County Technology Information Map" under the resources tab on this site.
The Chief's Victim Services Committee

A central tenet of Pennsylvania's Balanced and Restorative Justice Mission, as outlined in the Juvenile Act, is to hold juveniles accountable to repair the harm done to victims and communities.

In addition, the Pennsylvania Crime Victim's Act extends the Victim's Bill of Rights to victims of juvenile offenders. These two pieces of legislation guide the work done by
the Victim Services Committee. The committee is charged with keeping juvenile justice professionals abreast of victim's issues and helping them align their practice with victim's rights. The goal of the committee is to improve services and outcomes for victims of juvenile offenders.