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6VAC35-60-10

Part I
General Provisions

6VAC35-60-10. Definitions.

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.

"Annual 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 Annual 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 source.

"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.

6VAC35-60-40

Part II
Youth Services Citizen Board

6VAC35-60-40. Terms.

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.

6VAC35-60-50

6VAC35-60-50. Restrictions.

No title, position, or agency shall be appointed to the Youth Services Citizen Board.

6VAC35-60-71

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.

6VAC35-60-170

Part III
Office on Youth Administration

Article 1
General Requirements 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 Annual Biennial Comprehensive Plan.

6VAC35-60-180

Article 2
Personnel and Operations

6VAC35-60-180. Director. (Repealed.)

The Office on Youth shall have one paid full-time director.

6VAC35-60-190

Article 2
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

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

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.

6VAC35-60-236

6VAC35-60-236. Volunteer background check Background checks.

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. ]

6VAC35-60-237

6VAC35-60-237. 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.

6VAC35-60-290

Article 3
Staff Training and Development

6VAC35-60-290. Training program.

A program of training with defined objectives relating to the job description 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

Article 4
Fiscal Management

6VAC35-60-320. Budget review.

The Youth Services Citizen Board shall review and comment on the proposed annual operating budget of the Office on Youth.

6VAC35-60-330

6VAC35-60-330. Budget submission.

The sponsoring locality shall submit annually every 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 coming year.

6VAC35-60-380

6VAC35-60-380. Purchasing procedures.

The sponsoring locality's purchasing policies and procedures shall govern purchasing of supplies, materials, equipment, and services.

6VAC35-60-415

6VAC35-60-415. Evaluation.

The Office on Youth shall provide for an evaluation of program effectiveness in the Annual Biennial Comprehensive Plan.

6VAC35-60-450

Part IV
Programs and Services

6VAC35-60-450. Needs assessment contents.

The 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.

At least 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 cycle.

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

6VAC35-60-500. Annual reports.

Annually, the Youth Services Citizen Board shall submit a 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 Comprehensive Plan.

6VAC35-60-575

Part V
Standards for Direct Service Programs

Article 3
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);

6VAC35-150-460 (qualifications of program personnel) (personnel qualifications);

6VAC35-150-470 (medical emergencies) affecting youth 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);

6VAC35-150-530 (documentation (incident documentation and reporting) of certain incidents);

6VAC35-150-540 (reporting of suspected (child abuse and neglect);

6VAC35-150-550 (physical setting in which the program is conducted));

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 program) 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

6VAC35-150-690 (uses of (procedural requirements for time-out).

6VAC35-60-580

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 Annual Biennial Comprehensive Plan.

6VAC35-60-600

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 the Virginia 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.