The following words and terms when used in this chapter shall have the following meanings unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:
"Alternative day treatment" or "structured day programs" means nonresidential programs that provide services, which may include counseling, supervision, recreation, and education to referred juveniles at a central facility.
Plan grant programs update"
means a written plan , covering a single fiscal year, setting forth
measurable goals and objectives for developing, coordinating, and evaluating
youth services. The Annual Plan is to be based on an assessment of the
community's needs submitted annually to the director of the department
by recipients of grant funding requesting renewal of the grant funding and
detailing the status of youth services provided in accordance with the Biennial
Comprehensive Plan. The annual grant programs update shall include an inventory
of youth and parenting related services and programs available in the locality
and shall incorporate revisions or modifications of the locality's
comprehensive plan as deemed necessary by the youth needs assessment.
"Background check" means steps taken to ascertain whether various records on a person include criminal acts or other circumstances that would be detrimental to juveniles or their families or to the integrity of a program, in addition to a driving record check where applicable to job function.
"Biennial Comprehensive Plan" means a written plan covering two fiscal years and coinciding with the Commonwealth's biennial budget cycle and appropriations plan that sets forth measurable goals and objectives for developing, coordinating, and evaluating youth services. The biennial plan shall be based on an assessment of the community's needs and resources and updated annually, as needed.
"Counseling" means the planned use of interpersonal relationships to promote behavioral change or social adjustment.
"Department" means the Department of Juvenile Justice.
"Direct service programs or services" means programs or services in which Office on Youth staff, assigned Youth Services Citizen Board members, or Office on Youth volunteers, are the primary providers of a service involving ongoing person-to-person contact with youth or families.
"Individual service or contact plan" means a written
plan of action developed, updated as needed, and modified at intervals
to meet the needs of
each a juvenile or adult. It
specifies measurable short-term and long-term goals, the methods objectives,
strategies, and time frames for reaching the goals, and the
individuals responsible for carrying out the plan.
"Local governing body" means a city board, commission, or council or other body by whatever name it may be known, in which the general legislative powers of the city or town are vested or a county board of supervisors.
"Locality" means the city, county, town, or combination thereof served by an Office on Youth.
"Monitoring review" means the written report
completed by designated department personnel based on an on-site review of the
progress made toward goals and objectives identified in the Office on Youth's
Biennial Comprehensive Plan.
"Office on Youth" means the staff and the place of business of the staff of the local entity funded by the authority of the Delinquency Prevention and Youth Development Act (Chapter 3 (§ 66-26 et seq.) of Title 66 of the Code of Virginia).
"Sponsoring locality" means the locality that is the fiscal agent or administrator of the grant.
"Supervision" means visiting or making other contact
with or about, or providing treatment, rehabilitation, or services to
a juvenile as required by the court, court service unit staff by an
intake officer, for parole purposes, or by a designated referral
"Time-out" means a systematic behavior management technique designed to reduce or eliminate inappropriate behavior by temporarily removing a juvenile from contact with people or other reinforcing stimuli.
"Volunteer" or "intern" means any
individual or group who of their own free will and without any financial gain
provides goods or services
to the program without compensation.
"Youth needs assessment" means an objective assessment of the community's youth development and delinquency prevention needs and resources.
"Youth Services Citizen Board" means the board
appointed by the
county or city locality's governing body or
combination thereof in accordance with § 66-34 of the Code of Virginia.
Youth Services Citizen Board
Youth Services Citizen Board members shall be appointed by
the local governing body, for a term of no less than three years and not
more than five years and may be reappointed; appointments shall be staggered
for continuity. At least one Youth Services Citizen Board member shall be below
the age of 18 years at the time of appointment.
Youth Any members
who are below the age of 18 at the time of appointment shall serve
one-year terms and may be reappointed as eligible.
No title, position, or agency shall be appointed to the Youth Services Citizen Board.
6VAC35-60-71. Youth Services Citizen Board responsibilities.
The responsibilities of the Youth Services Citizen Board shall be delineated in writing in a form approved by the local governing body. These responsibilities shall include making recommendations, at least annually, to the local governing body regarding the contents of the Biennial Comprehensive Plan and its implementation.
Office on Youth Administration
of Direct Service for Programs and Services
6VAC35-60-170. Implementation of strategies.
The Office on Youth shall implement the strategies to accomplish
the goals and objectives as established and authorized in the
Comprehensive Plan. Article 2
Personnel and Operations
Director. (Repealed.) The Office on Youth shall have one paid full-time director.
Personnel and Operations
6VAC35-60-190. Support services.
The Office on Youth shall have access to clerical and other support services, as needed.
6VAC35-60-215. Staffing requirements.
The Youth Services Citizen Board, if a policy making board, or the city manager or county administrator, with the advice of the Youth Services Citizen Board if an advisory board, shall establish (i) the number of staff; (ii) a written job description for each position; and (iii) the minimum knowledge, skills, and abilities required for each position.
6VAC35-60-225. Staff and volunteer qualifications and training.
A. Staff and volunteers shall be qualified and trained for the positions and duties to which they are assigned.
B. Staff and volunteers who provide professional services shall be appropriately licensed, certified, or qualified, as required by law.
Volunteer background check Background
Where available, Offices on Youth shall follow the sponsoring
locality's policies and procedures to secure background checks for volunteers and
staff. In the absence of such local policies, Offices on Youth shall
develop a policy to ascertain, for all volunteers and staff who provide
one-on-one services directly to youth outside a group setting a
juvenile on a regular basis and will be alone with the juvenile in the
performance of their duties, whether there are criminal acts or other
circumstances that would be detrimental to the safety of the youth or families
with whom they come in contact. A. Except as provided in subsection B,
all persons who (i) accept a position of employment at an Office on Youth, (ii)
volunteer on a regular basis and will be alone with a juvenile in the
performance of their duties, or (iii) provide contractual services directly to
a juvenile on a regular basis and will be alone with a juvenile in the
performance of their duties shall undergo the following background checks to
ascertain whether there are criminal acts or other circumstances that would be
detrimental to the safety of juveniles:
1. A reference check;
2. A criminal history check;
3. A fingerprint check with the Virginia State Police and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI);
4. A central registry check with Child Protective Services; and
5. A driving record check if applicable to the individual's job duties.
B. To minimize vacancy time when the fingerprint checks required by subdivision A 3 of this section have been requested, employees may be hired, pending the results of the fingerprint checks, provided:
1. All of the other applicable components of subsection A of this section have been completed;
2. The applicant is given written notice that continued employment is contingent on the fingerprint check results as required by subdivision A 3 of this section; and
3. Employees hired under this exception shall not be allowed to be alone with juveniles and may work with juveniles only when under the direct supervision of staff whose background checks have been completed until such time as all background checks are completed.
C. Documentation of compliance with this section shall be retained in the individual's personnel record.
D. Written procedures shall provide for the supervision of nonemployee persons who are not subject to the provisions of subsection A of this section and who have contact with juveniles. ]
Employee background check. (Repealed.) Offices on Youth shall follow the sponsoring locality's
policies and procedures in securing background checks for full-time Office on Youth
staff. In the absence of such sponsoring locality's policy covering background
checks for employees, the Office on Youth shall develop a policy to ascertain
whether there are any criminal acts or other circumstances that would be
detrimental to the safety of the youth or families with whom they come in
contact or that would compromise the integrity of the program.
Staff Training and Development
6VAC35-60-290. Training program.
A program of training with defined objectives relating to the
and the Annual Plan shall be written biennially with
the Biennial Comprehensive Plan and shall be updated annually, as
needed, for each full-time position established for the Office on Youth.
6VAC35-60-320. Budget review.
The Youth Services Citizen Board shall review and comment on
annual operating budget of the Office on Youth.
6VAC35-60-330. Budget submission.
The sponsoring locality shall submit
two years, in accordance with the state's biennial budget process, to the Department
of Juvenile Justice department the approved operating budget for the
Office on Youth showing appropriated revenue and projected expenses for the
6VAC35-60-380. Purchasing procedures.
The sponsoring locality's purchasing policies and procedures shall govern purchasing of supplies, materials, equipment, and services.
The Office on Youth shall provide for an evaluation of program
effectiveness in the
Annual Biennial Comprehensive Plan.
Programs and Services
6VAC35-60-450. Needs assessment contents.
assessment of the community's youth development and
delinquency prevention needs and resources youth needs assessment
shall include but not be limited to:
1. A detailed compilation of the problems, needs, opportunities, and conditions of youth in the community that is based on:
a. Youth-service agencies' opinions;
b. An analysis of public opinion;
c. An analysis of youth attitudes and behaviors; and
d. An analysis of available current archival data.
one two of the above components shall be
updated each year, at a minimum, every two years with the
resulting updated information being incorporated into the Annual Biennial
Comprehensive Plan. All four components shall be updated over a four-year
2. A comprehensive inventory of current programs and resources affecting youth, including:
a. Identifying information;
b. Program descriptions;
c. Clientele served; and
d. Fee requirements.
6VAC35-60-500. Annual reports.
Annually, the Youth Services Citizen Board shall submit
written report the annual grant programs update to the local
governing body and send copies to the designated personnel at the Virginia
Department of Juvenile Justice department regarding progress toward
meeting the goals and objectives identified in the Annual Biennial
Standards for Direct Service Programs
General Requirements of Direct Service Programs and Services
6VAC35-60-575. Applicability of nonresidential standards.
Direct service programs operated by Offices on Youth shall comply with the following Standards for Nonresidential Services Available to Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts, as applicable to the direct service program:
6VAC35-150-450 (limitation of contact with juveniles);
(qualifications of program personnel) (personnel
6VAC35-150-470 (medical emergencies)
in a program);
6VAC35-150-490 (juveniles' rights);
6VAC35-150-500 (juvenile participation in research);
6VAC35-150-510 (case management requirements);
6VAC35-150-520 (confidentiality of records);
(documentation (incident documentation
and reporting) of certain incidents);
(reporting of suspected (child
abuse and neglect);
6VAC35-150-550 (physical setting
in which the program is
6VAC35-150-560 (individual service or contact plan);
6VAC35-150-580 (emergencies and safety in juveniles' homes);
6VAC35-150-620 (supervision of juveniles in alternative day treatment and structured day programs);
6VAC35-150-630 (meals in alternative day treatment
and structured day programs);
6VAC35-150-640 (fire safety);
6VAC35-150-650 (first-aid kits in alternative day programs);
6VAC35-150-660 (delivery of medication);
6VAC35-150-680 (physical and mechanical restraint); and
(uses of (procedural requirements for
6VAC35-60-580. Documented need required.
The need for the Office on Youth to operate a direct service
program shall be documented and
be included in the Annual Biennial
Comprehensive Plan. If there is a documented need for the Office on Youth
to operate a direct service program, the Annual Biennial
Comprehensive Plan shall specify the description of services to be provided
including target populations and an evaluation plan.
The department shall be notified in writing of any plan to
change a direct service program or service included in an Office on Youth's
Biennial Comprehensive Plan.
6VAC35-60-600. Records management.
If an Office on Youth provides direct services, written policy and procedure shall, at a minimum, ensure that:
1. Juveniles' records are kept confidential; and
2. Records are destroyed as prescribed in regulations issued by
State Library Board ; and 3. All services are provided by individuals who are
appropriately licensed or certified (when appropriate to the level of service
delivered), or are otherwise qualified to provide the service.