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High-Risk Youth Education and Public Safety Program. Transitioning High-Risk Youth Program. Eligible Participants   

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(a) To participate in the program established by this chapter, a county office of education or a school district shall develop a comprehensive, multiagency plan for pupils transitioning from juvenile camps, ranches, and halls. The plan shall specify the role, responsibilities, and agreements of the participating agencies. The plan shall identify specific transition and aftercare services to be provided by a multidisciplinary team for eligible pupils who are released from the county juvenile detention institutions and who are subsequently enrolled in full-time programs of education in a public school. The plan shall include all of the following:

(1) Prerelease and preparatory planning activities during the confinement phase of youth corrections.

(2) Structured transitioning involving the participation of residential, institutional, and aftercare staffs both before and following community reentry.

(3) Long-term reintegrative activities to ensure adequate service delivery and the required level of social control.

(b) The plan required by subdivision (a) shall also include all of the following:

(1) An inventory of existing education, probation, law enforcement, mental health, health, social services, substance abuse prevention and treatment, and youth services resources, including employment-related resources, that specifically target pupils transitioning from eligible institutional settings to county community schools or day centers.

(2) A comprehensive countywide identification and prioritization of the neighborhoods, schools, and other areas of the community that face a significant public safety risk from juvenile crime and delinquency for the purpose of targeting services to pupils served under this plan.

(3) (A) A county office of education or school district local plan and budget for improving and marshaling the resources set forth in paragraph (1) to reduce the incidence of juvenile crime committed by pupils who are released from juvenile institutions. The multiagency plan shall be based on each of the following principles:

(i) The overall aftercare function shall ensure the inclusion of staff and programs across the entire continuum from the point of judicial commitment and residential placement to the termination of community supervision.

(ii) The network of community-based services shall be designed to respond comprehensively to the deficits and needs of chronic, multiproblem delinquents.

(iii) The framework for case management shall ensure continuity of supervision and service delivery that matches clients with appropriate interventions and brings the most objective procedures to inform decisionmaking in the areas of risk and need.

(B) The comprehensive multiagency plan shall specify strategies for elements of response, including, but not necessarily limited to, all of the following:

(i) Individual pupil prerelease planning that occurs during the pupil's confinement and case management plans involving pupils, parents or legal guardians or care givers, teachers, and probation officers that specify academic and behavioral goals and needed services.

(ii) Mentoring and structured after school programs in gang abatement, violence reduction, academic enrichment, peer mediation, conflict resolution, victim awareness, victim/offender reconciliation, restitution, community service, and cultural awareness.

(iii) School-linked comprehensive counseling services and other appropriate services for pupils and families.

(iv) School-linked substance abuse treatment and education services.

(v) A comprehensive system of career interest assessment, preemployment skills training, job training, supervised work experience, and job placement.

(vi) Resources and services for encouraging participants' preparation for, and matriculation into, higher education options.

(vii) Transportation.

(viii) A parenting education program.

(b) No less than 25 percent of the costs for the program shall be defrayed with local resources which may include in-kind contributions from participating agencies.

(c) A participating county office of education and school district shall develop a data and information sharing system to ensure that the actions identified in the local plan pursuant to subdivision (b) are fully coordinated, and to provide data for measuring the success of the county office of education or school district in achieving the goals in its plan.

(Added by Stats. 1997, Ch. 340, Sec. 1.)