Compendium of Budget Information for the 2013 General Session
|Executive Offices & Criminal Justice|
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The Division of Juvenile Justice Services (DJJS) serves youth offenders with a comprehensive array of programs, including home detention, secure detention, case management, community services, observation and assessment, long-term secure facilities, transition, and youth parole. Juvenile Justice Services is a division within the Department of Human Services but is assigned to the Executive Offices and Criminal Justice Appropriations Subcommittee for legislative oversight. Prior to FY 2004, it was known as the Division of Youth Corrections.
DJJS is responsible for all youth offenders committed by the state's Juvenile Court for secure confinement or supervision and treatment in the community. DJJS also operates receiving centers and youth services centers for non-custodial and/or non-adjudicated youth, as well as shelter beds for children removed from their home due to suspected abuse and neglect.
Programs within the Division of Juvenile Justice Services include:
The federal government continues to examine and redefine Medicaid eligibility. New requirements, outlined in FY 2008, and effective beginning in FY 2011, have resulted in an approximate $8.9 million reduction in DJJS federal funding. These changes prohibited Medicaid reimbursement for services delivered in facilities that exceeded 16 beds, eliminating many previously eligible DJJS treatment providers. Services were also unbundled and only direct treatment services could be billed to the federal government, leaving DJJS and providers to cover other costs such as the care and feeding of youths. A summary of this federal Medicaid issue is provided in the Issue Brief titled Juvenile Justice Services - Federal Funding Impacts.
The authority and responsibilities of the Division of Juvenile Justice Services are enumerated in the Utah Code Annotated 62A-7 et al.
The primary source of funding is state General Fund. The large difference in the 'Transfers - Medicaid' line below, beginning in FY 2011, is a result of the federal changes to Medicaid reimbursements; (see 'Background' section above for more detail). The Medicaid funding DJJS does qualify for is now recorded in the Department of Health. DJJS continues to record the state match, shown as negative revenues in this budget line, for provider services payments. DJJS funding also includes other sources of federal funds, revenue transfers, and dedicated credits.
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COBI contains unaudited data as presented to the Legislature by state agencies at the time of publication. For audited financial data see the State of Utah's Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports.