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Close To Home

Close To Home

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.

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. In accordance with the legislation, ACS has released our draft plan for the placement of youth involved in juvenile justice in limited-secure settings in or around New York City. ACS is seeking comment from the community and juvenile justice stakeholders on the draft plan before it is submitted to the State for review and approval.

Click here to download the Close to Home Limited-Secure Placement Draft Plan
or to request a copy, visit the ACS’ Office of Advocacy, 150 William Street, 1st Floor, New York, NY 10038, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Children’s Services will hold five public hearings to receive input on the limited-secure placement plan from New York City residents. The public is invited to submit oral or written comments at the hearings as follows:

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

6:00pm--7:30pm

6:00pm--7:30pm

Brooklyn Borough Hall

Queens Borough Hall

209 Joralemon St., Courtroom

120-55 Queens Boulevard, 2nd Floor

Brooklyn, NY 11201

Kew Gardens, NY 11415

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Thursday, April 18, 2013

6:00pm--7:30pm

6:00pm--7:30pm

Seamen’s Society for Children

Bronx Borough Hall

50 Bay Street, 5th Floor

851 Grand Concourse, Rotunda

Staten Island, New York 10301

Bronx, New York

Tuesday, April 23, 2013
11:30am--1:00pm
1 Centre Street North, Mezzanine
New York, NY 10007

The public may also submit written comments via e-mail at closetohome@acs.nyc.gov or by mail to:

Close to Home
C/O Division of Policy Planning and Measurement
150 William Street, 17th Floor
New York, NY 10038

All comments must be received by Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 5:00pm.

Click here to download Close to Home: An Overview of Non-Secure Placement
»
 (pdf)

Click here to download the Close to Home Non-Secure Placement Final Plan »

List of Non-Secure Placement Recommended Awards » (pdf)

Juvenile Justice Realignment Vision Statement » (pdf)

Limited-Secure Placement White Paper » (pdf)



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