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File #: Res 0008-2018    Version: * Name: Require a sponsoring agency seeking to establish a limited secure placement facility in a particular community district, under the close to home initiative, to notify and provide such district with an opportunity for notice and comment.
Type: Resolution Status: Committee
Committee: Committee on Juvenile Justice
On agenda: 1/31/2018
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling upon the New York State legislature to pass, and the Governor to sign, legislation to amend the Social Services Law to require a sponsoring agency seeking to establish a limited secure placement facility in a particular community district, under the close to home initiative, to notify and provide such district with an opportunity for notice and comment.
Sponsors: Inez D. Barron
Council Member Sponsors: 1
Attachments: 1. January 31, 2018 - Stated Meeting Agenda

Res. No. 8

 

Resolution calling upon the New York State legislature to pass, and the Governor to sign, legislation to amend the Social Services Law to require a sponsoring agency seeking to establish a limited secure placement facility in a particular community district, under the close to home initiative, to notify and provide such district with an opportunity for notice and comment.

 

By Council Member Barron

 

                     Whereas, Close to Home is a juvenile justice reform initiative launched by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2012 to keep youth close to their families and community; and

                     Whereas, Pursuant to Close to Home, New York State Social Services Law (“SSL”) section 404 permits the New York City Administration for Children’s Services (“ACS”) to oversee custody of New York City youth adjudicated as juvenile delinquents, who are deemed by Family Court as needing placement other than in a secure detention facility, in limited secure placement (“LSP”) facilities and non-secure placement facilities (“NSP”) in New York City; and

                     Whereas, The New York City Department of Investigation (“DOI”) released a report on Wednesday April 13, 2016, detailing the arrests of four overnight staff members from a Brooklyn NSP facility in connection with a 2015 incident where three juveniles absconded, and later raped and robbed a woman in Manhattan; and

                     Whereas, The DOI report identified several systemic management and oversight deficiencies by ACS, including inadequate policies and procedures for the monitoring of safety and security at all Close to Home locations; and

                     Whereas, Close to Home has been implemented in two phases, with phase I including the roll out of NSP facilities in 2012; and

                     Whereas, ACS testified at a hearing of the New York City Council’s Committee on Juvenile Justice held on April 14, 2016, that phase II of Close to Home, including the roll out of LSP facilities, began in December 2015; and

                     Whereas, Young people who are placed into an LSP facility by a Family Court judge typically present higher risks than those who are placed in an NSP setting, so that LSP facilities require more restrictive security features to ensure the safety of residents, program staff, and local communities; and

                     Whereas, Given the content of the DOI report, there is reason for community members to be concerned about the establishment of an LSP facility in such community; and

                     Whereas, SSL section 404 further allows ACS to enter into contracts with authorized agencies to operate and maintain such LSP facilities; and

                     Whereas, The New York State Mental Hygiene Law (“MHL”) section 41.34 relates to site selection of community residential facilities for the disabled; and

                     Whereas, Pursuant to MHL section 41.34, when a sponsoring agency has selected a site for a community residential facility for the disabled, the agency must notify the municipality of the specific address of the site and the type of community residence, among other things; and

                      Whereas, Pursuant to MHL section 41.34, once the municipality has been notified about the site proposal, the municipality has 40 days to approve of the site, suggest one or more suitable sites, or make an objection to the site; and

                      Whereas, Close to Home sites are residential facilities focused on rehabilitation, and communities should have the same opportunity for notice and comment as required for community residential facilities for the disabled; now, therefore, be it

                     Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls upon the New York State legislature to pass, and the Governor to sign, legislation to amend the Social Services Law to require a sponsoring agency seeking to establish a limited secure placement facility in a particular community district, under the close to home initiative, to notify and provide such district with an opportunity for notice and comment.

 

BG/WJH

LS 7688/Res. 1162-2016

12/27/17

LS 492