Report 2015-115 Recommendation 17 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 #17 To: Alameda County

To identify their population of dually involved youth, Alameda County's CWS and probation agencies should provide guidance or training to staff on recording joint assessment hearing information consistently within the designated system.

Annual Follow-Up Agency Response From November 2017

When the "New System" database is complete Alameda County Department of Children and Family Services will provide training and guidance to their staff to insure all fields regarding joint assessment hearings will be adequately input.

  • 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 to Alameda County's CWS and probation agencies that they should provide guidance or training to staff on recording joint assessment hearing information consistently within the designated system. As we noted on page 24 of our report, Alameda County could not accurately identify its population of crossover youth because it did not track the total number of cases with joint assessment hearings or the results of those hearings. As a result, any observations on how frequently the hearings result in youth's formal involvement with the juvenile system might be reflective of errors, rather than differences in the counties' processes. Thus, the State cannot perform a robust comparison between the population of dually involved youth in dual status and nondual status counties.


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 to Alameda County's CWS and probation agencies that they should provide guidance or training to staff on recording joint assessment hearing information consistently within the designated system. As we noted on page 24 of our report, Alameda County could not accurately identify its population of crossover youth because it did not track the total number of cases with joint assessment hearings or the results of those hearings. As a result, any observations on how frequently the hearings result in youth's formal involvement with the juvenile system might be reflective of errors, rather than differences in the counties' processes. Thus, the State cannot perform a robust comparison between the population of dually involved youth in dual status and nondual status counties.


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 to Alameda County's CWS and probation agencies that they should provide guidance or training to staff on recording joint assessment hearing information consistently within the designated system. As we noted on page 24 of our report, Alameda County could not accurately identify its population of crossover youth because it did not track the total number of cases with joint assessment hearings or the results of those hearings. As a result, any observations on how frequently the hearings result in youth's formal involvement with the juvenile system might be reflective of errors, rather than differences in the counties' processes. Thus, the State cannot perform a robust comparison between the population of dually involved youth in dual status and nondual status counties.


All Recommendations in 2015-115

Agency responses received are posted verbatim.


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