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Juvenile Justice Reform in New York State

Supervision and Treatment Services for Juveniles Program (STSJP)

Since its inception in 2011, STSJP has been a key component of Governor Cuomo’s vision to transform New York State’s juvenile justice system. STSJP funds are used to provide local services intended to divert the following types of youth from placement in detention or residential care:

  • Youth who are at risk of becoming, alleged to be, or adjudicated as juvenile delinquents,
  • Youth alleged to be or convicted as juvenile offenders,
  • Youth alleged to be or who have been adjudicated as persons in need of supervision.

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. There is an expectation that programs funded are family-focused.

As set forth in Section 529-b of the Executive Law, any municipality wishing to provide services or expenditures with STSJP funds must first submit an annual STSJP plan for OCFS approval. Upon that approval, the municipality may receive 62 percent reimbursement of the cost of the approved services and expenditures up to the municipality’s allocation cap, which is set through an allocation methodology determined by OCFS. A municipality that wishes to provide additional STSJP services may also choose to shift part of its detention allocation to be used for STSJP.

Highlights

  • In SFY 2016–17, the STSJP program year, April 1 through March 31, changed to October 1 through September 30. This change was intended to help localities offer STSJP-funded services for a full program year by providing additional time to develop their STSJP plans, secure local legislative and OCFS approval of their plans, and allow additional time to procure contracted services outlined in their plans prior to the commencement of the STSJP program year. OCFS anticipates the new program year will continue into the future. Therefore, the STSJP program in SFY 2017-18 is October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018.
  • The SFY 2017-18 budget continues to fund STSJP at $8,376,000 for all participating municipalities to provide direct STSJP services, of which $500,000 of the STSJP allocation will continue to support the coordination and implementation of the eight core principles of the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative in six counties (Albany, Erie, Monroe, Nassau, Onondaga and Orange). Attachment A provides a list of each county’s STSJP allocation for SFY 2017–18.
  • Municipalities that have not spent and do not plan to spend all of their 2016–2017 STSJP allocation will be able to apply to OCFS for a rollover of the unspent amount, to enhance their 2017-2018 STSJP allocation. The funds would be available for use in the 2017-2018 plan year only. Rollover waivers will only be approved for those municipalities that have claimed through the third quarter and know what their fourth quarter claims will be.

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