On March 30, 2012, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed into law the Close to Home legislation as part of the 2012-2013 New York State Budget. The passage of Close to Home paves the way for youth found to have committed a delinquent act to be placed by the New York City Family Court in or close to their communities in the City. Close to Home builds on the City’s legacy of juvenile justice reform, led by Mayor Bloomberg, which includes reducing the use of detention and placement, increasing community-based alternatives and lowering recidivism rates, while making our City even safer. In accordance with the legislation, ACS has released our final plan for the placement of youth involved in juvenile justice in non-secure settings in or around New York City. The State Office of Children and Family Services approved the non-secure plan on July 5, 2012.
Close to Home Phase I, currently underway, involves the transfer of responsibility for young people in non-secure placements to ACS. Phase II will involve the transfer of young people in limited-secure placements. Children’s Services is issuing this White Paper to solicit feedback on its initial plans for limited-secure placements. The White Paper outlines the guiding principles and goals of limited-secure placements, describes the population of young people to be served, the program approach and the specifications required for facility security.
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