Report 2015-115 Recommendation 11 Responses

Report 2015-115: Dually Involved Youth: The State Cannot Determine the Effectiveness of Efforts to Serve Youth Who Are Involved in Both the Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Systems (Release Date: February 2016)

Recommendation #11 To: Alameda County

To identify their population of dually involved youth, Alameda County's CWS and probation agencies should designate the data system they will use for tracking the dates and results of joint assessment hearings.

Annual Follow-Up Agency Response From November 2017

Alameda County Department of Children and Family Services inputs all data related to child welfare in the Child Welfare Services/Case Management System (CWS/CMS). Currently, the California Department of Social Services is in the process of creating a new child welfare database, currently referenced as "New System." It is anticipated that when the New System database is complete, there will be an ability to track dually involved youth and the results of their court hearings. When that is completed Alameda County Department of Children and Family Services will put information regarding dually involved youth into the "New System" database.

  • Estimated Completion Date: TBD by CDSS

California State Auditor's Assessment of Annual Follow-Up Status: Pending

Per Alameda County's response, its implementation of this recommendation is currently pending.


1-Year Agency Response

Alameda County stated that it will not provide any responses to the audit.

  • Estimated Completion Date:
  • Response Date: April 2017

California State Auditor's Assessment of 1-Year Status: Will Not Implement

We stand by our recommendation that Alameda County's CWS and probation agencies should designate the data system they will use for tracking the dates and results of joint assessment hearings. As we noted on page 24 of our report, county staff could not accurately determine the total number of dependency cases with joint assessment hearings or the results of those hearings because they did not always track this information. As a result, they could not accurately identify their population of crossover youth.


6-Month Agency Response

Alameda County stated that it will not provide any responses to the audit.

  • Estimated Completion Date:
  • Response Date: December 2016

California State Auditor's Assessment of 6-Month Status: Will Not Implement

We stand by our recommendation that Alameda County's CWS and probation agencies should designate the data system they will use for tracking the dates and results of joint assessment hearings. As we noted on page 24 of our report, county staff could not accurately determine the total number of dependency cases with joint assessment hearings or the results of those hearings because they did not always track this information. As a result, they could not accurately identify their population of crossover youth.


60-Day Agency Response

Alameda County stated that it will not provide any responses to the audit.

  • Estimated Completion Date:
  • Response Date: May 2016

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Will Not Implement

We stand by our recommendation that Alameda County's CWS and probation agencies should designate the data system they will use for tracking the dates and results of joint assessment hearings. As we noted on page 24 of our report, county staff could not accurately determine the total number of dependency cases with joint assessment hearings or the results of those hearings because they did not always track this information. As a result, they could not accurately identify their population of crossover youth.


All Recommendations in 2015-115

Agency responses received are posted verbatim.


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