From: Randall Bowman [KDOC]
Sent: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 11:42 AM
Subject: SB367 Implementation
Good morning to all,
In recent weeks some additional milestones in the process of implementing the juvenile justice reform enacted last year in SB367 have been reached. These reflect the continued efforts of many individuals who have served upon workgroups and committees representing juvenile intake, prosecutors, court services, juvenile community corrections, and detention, as well as the efforts of technical assistance providers with the Crime and Justice Institute (CJI) and the Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF), and key staff of the Office of Judicial Administration (OJA) and KDOC Juvenile Services (KDOC-JS). I thank them all for their many efforts on these important initiatives.
- Detention Risk Assessment Instrument (DRAI): On May 15, 2017, KDOC-JS and OJA finalized this tool for implementation statewide beginning July 1, 2017. This tool has some modifications based upon the experience of a handful of Kansas judicial districts who have piloted the previous version. Since the finalization on the 15th, KDOC-JS staff, with technical assistance from the Crime and Justice Institute, have been making final modifications to the instrument, instructions, guidance documents and the training material. A few weeks ago we provided “save the date” information to JIAS Directors on the training dates, this enables us to move forward quickly with the training which begins tomorrow and continues at multiple sites across Kansas through the end of June 2017.
- Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT®): Training on this new cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) model was conducted in April. This was offered to every juvenile community corrections agency in Kansas, many of whom wanted to adopt CBT for the first time or to move to this model due to advantages anticipated over any currently in use. In total, over 50 individuals in Kansas now have the training to conduct MRT groups for high and moderate risk juvenile offenders. Since the training KDOC-JS staff have worked to finalize the implementation resources, and are distributing standards and materials for groups this week.
- Graduated Responses: The Kansas Administrative Regulation on the graduated response and reward grids (K.A.R. 123-17-101) was published in the Kansas Register on 4-27-17 with the effective date being 15 days later on 5-12-17. KDOC-JS staff received training from CJI on these practices this spring, and are currently working their way across Kansas to train all juvenile community corrections staff in the evidence from research, and the application of this process in Kansas. These are also scheduled through the end of June 2017.
- Immediate Intervention Programs (IIP): Since the publication of standards at the end of January, KDOC-JS staff have been providing technical assistance to juvenile intake directors across Kansas as those directors work with their county/district attorney(s), Court(s), and other stakeholders on implementation. Lessons learned in that work, as well as input from interested stakeholders, resulted in the drafting of some revised/new standards and a list of frequently asked questions. That work is ongoing today between OJA and KDOC-JS, and we will share across the State when finalized.
In addition, work by our colleagues in the Law Enforcement and Education systems has also reached an important milestone. Thanks to those of you who worked on those efforts and congratulations! For those who are not yet aware, I attached a copy of the announcement from yesterday for your information.
Finally there are a couple of items that are currently receiving considerable effort within KDOC-JS. First we continue to anticipate the Kansas Legislature will take final action on SB42 which contains important technical changes to SB367. This will require additional revisions to IIP and other standards this summer. We also are prepared to review FY18 Grants from the Boards of County Commissioners which are due the end of this week. That review process will give us the most current picture of the evidence based programs and practices implemented in Kansas, and be informative as to additional needed reinvestments in fiscal year 2018 and beyond.
There are many additional things happening across Kansas, I hope these highlights are informative and helpful.