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Supervision and Treatment Services for Juveniles Program (STSJP)

Supervision and Treatment Services for Juveniles Program (STSJP)

Since its inception in 2011, the Supervision and Treatment Services for Juveniles Program (STSJP), as outlined in Section 529-b of the Executive Law, has been a key component of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s vision to transform New York State’s juvenile justice system.  STSJP is designed to fund local practices and services that address the needs of youth in the juvenile justice system to promote public safety while serving youth in the least restrictive appropriate setting. STSJP provides municipalities with fiscal incentives to develop and utilize cost effective, community-based programming to divert the following youth from placement in detention or residential care:

  • Youth at risk of becoming, alleged to be, or adjudicated as juvenile delinquents (JDs);
  • Youth alleged to be or adjudicated as persons in need of supervision (PINS); and
  • Youth alleged to be or convicted as juvenile offenders (JOs), from placement in detention or residential care.

Municipalities must develop their STSJP plans in collaboration with local agencies responsible for probation, law enforcement, detention, diversion and social services, as well as courts, service providers, schools and youth development programs. It is also the expectation that programs funded are family-focused.

Highlights

  • The SFY 2016–2017 budget continues to fund STSJP at $8,376,000 for all participating municipalities to provide direct STSJP services. $500,000 of STSJP allocation supports the coordination and implementation of the eight core principles of the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative (JDAI) in six counties (Albany, Erie, Monroe, Nassau, Onondaga and Orange). See this list of each county’s STSJP allocation for SFY 2016–2017.
  • The STSJP appropriation for SFY 2016–2017 (and, it is anticipated, thereafter) will be for services provided during the Program Year (PY) of October 1 through September 30, (e.g. October 1, 2016 through September 30, 2017). In previous years, funding was for a program year period of April 1 to March 31. This change will help municipalities offer STSJP services for a full program year by providing municipalities with the following: the time they need to develop their STSJP plans, better ability to secure local legislative approval of their plans, and additional time to procure contracted services outlined in their plans prior to the commencement of the STSJP program year.
  • The enacted budget for SFY 2016–2017 changed the program year for STSJP created a transition period from April 1, 2016 to September 30, 2016. Municipalities may apply to OCFS to continue any of the STSJP services included in their approved STSJP plans for PY 2015–2016 during the period of April 1, 2016 through September 30, 2016.
  • If a municipality has not spent all of its PY 2015–2016 STSJP allocation from its approved 2015–2016 STSJP plan, the municipality will be able to apply to OCFS for a rollover waiver to continue to access any unspent funds for one additional program year.
  • Municipalities are allowed to rollover unspent program year 2015-2016 STSJP funds into the transition period of April 1, 2016 - September 30, 2016 to continue supporting 2015-2016 approved programs.

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