Close to Home Initiative

Close to Home Initiative


As part of a continued commitment to build on reforms of the State’s juvenile justice system implemented in 2011-

12, Governor Cuomo included the “Close to Home” initiative in his 2012/2013 Executive Budget Proposal.

Close to Home is a collaborative effort between New York City and New York State that not only ensures more appropriate placements for youth who come from New York City, but also increases the efficiency of the system as a whole.

Under this proposal, New York City youth currently placed in OCFS limited-secure and non-secure facilities would move to settings administered by the City, which would oversee their educational, mental health, substance abuse and other service needs.  These young people will be able to remain closer to their families while they receive the services and support they need.

The information on this web page explains this proposal and answers any questions you may have.

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