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New Orleans at NightThe Louisiana Legislature in the 2011  Regular Legislative Session passed Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR) 44  requesting the chief justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court to create a  Families in Need of Services Commission to study and issue recommendations  regarding the governance, structure, target population, and necessary legislation  for a Families in Need of Services (FINS) system by submitting a report of its  findings and recommendations to the Louisiana Legislature thirty days prior to  the 2012 Regular Louisiana Legislative Session. The final FINS Commission Report can be accessed here: FINS Commission Report-FINAL.pdf

SCR 44 stated the commission, as part of  its study, shall review nationally recognized state and local model status offender systems and programs in consultation with Louisiana Models for Change,  the MacArthur Foundation, and other key stakeholders. SCR 44 stated the  appointed commission’s study and recommendations shall address, but not be limited to the following.

Other supportive materials on best practices in status offending models are including below for download:

Clayton County Georgia Cooperative Agreement

Clayton County Georgia Blue Ribbon Commission Report

Coalition for  Juvenile Justice, “Deinstitutionalization of Status Offenders (DSO):  Facts and Resources,” 2011

Connecticut’s  Family Support Center Information and Practice Guide, 2010

Denver Public Schools  Discipline Matrix

Florida Network  FINS/CINS Operations Manual, 2010

Frick, Paul and  Tina Child, University of New Orleans, “Interim Summary of the Louisiana Models  for Change (LaMfC) Data Deliverables,” 2011

Frick, Paul and  Tina Childs, “Rapides Parish 2009 Ungovernable Referrals to Informal FINS.”

Hemmeter,  Sara.  “New York City Family Assessment  Program.”

Hornberger, Nancy  Gannon, “Improving Outcomes for Status Offenders in the JJDPA Reauthorization,”  Today Magazine, 2010

Justice Policy  Institute, “The Dangers of Detention: The Impact of Incarcerating Youth in  Detention and Other Secure Facilities,” Justice Policy Institute, 2006

Juvenile Justice  Project of Louisiana (JJPL), “The Dangers of Detention,” 2011 (This article  discusses the various dangers of detaining status offenders.)

Kendall, Jessica  R., “Juvenile Justice Status Offenses: Treatment and Early Intervention,”  American Bar Association, Division for Public Education, 2007

LSU Health  Sciences Center- School of Public  Health, “Improving Louisiana’s Status Offender System: A Summary of Program  Service Models from Connecticut, Florida, and New York,” 2011

LSU Health  Sciences Center- School of Public Health, “National Review of Model Status  Offender Program Services,” 2011 (This is a crosswalk of status offender  services with side-by-side comparisons of Connecticut, Florida, and Orange  County, NY.)

LSU Health  Sciences Center- School of Public Health, “Rapides Parish FINS Cases Data  Analysis for the Rapides Parish Court and FINS Program,” (2011)

MOU between City  of Laramie, County Attorney’s Office of Albany, Wyoming Department of Family  Service and Albany County School District (all in Wyoming)

Rapides Parish  “School Exhaustion Form.”

SRO Agreement  Marysville and Snohomish Counties, Washington

Vera Institute of  Justice, “Changing the Status Quo for Status Offenders: New York State’s  Efforts to Support Troubled Teens,” 2004

Vera Institute of  Justice, “History of Florida’s Target Population and Recommendations for Louisiana.”

Vera Institute of  Justice, “Making Court the Last Resort: A New Focus for Supporting Families in  Crisis,” 2008

Vera Institute of  Justice. Overview of Florida, Connecticut, and Orange County, New York status  offender models.

Vera Institute of  Justice, Presentation of 2008 FINS Survey Results.

Vera Institute of  Justice, “Snapshot of the Florida Network of Youth and Family Services.”