RD321 - Interstate Commission for Juveniles Annual Report FY2012

Executive Summary:
Reflecting on the past year, I would like to thank the Commission members who positioned this organization to advance despite tough economic times. The dedicated service of our committees, regions, and national office exemplify the commitment of the Commission to ensure juveniles receive compact services and states receive valuable support and assistance. By accomplishing bold initiatives in fiscal year 2012, the Commission set the foundation for a successful future.

Out of this year’s many achievements, I am especially proud of the memorandum of understanding ratified between the Interstate Commission for Juveniles and the Association of Administrators for the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (AAICPC). With our colleagues at AAICPC, the joint workgroup is developing tools and guidelines that are instrumental in clarifying how to handle cases of mutual concern.

The Commission is also taking steps to ensure our stability and continuity by implementing the Juvenile Interstate Data System (JIDS). The launch of this system will enable states to better serve their populations and fulfill our mission to promote public safety, victims’ rights, and juvenile accountability that is balanced with their safeguarding.

We believe the Commission is strengthened by our ex officios’ contributions and look forward to working with our newest member, the Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ). This year, ICJ participated in a number of outreach opportunities with ex officio members such as the American Probation and Parole Association, Interstate Commission for Adult Offenders, and the National Conference of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.

The Commission responded to states’ pressing issues by distributing advisory opinions in the areas of non-adjudicated juveniles held in secure detention, HIPAA regulations, as well as detention and supervision fees. The remembrances of compact office personnel and the Commission’s maturation sparked new policies for posthumous recognition, record retention, and disposing of assets. With the anticipation of JIDS, the Commission also authorized a privacy policy and user agreement.

I am confident the changes and accomplishments of the past year, along with the hard work of the membership, will result in an organization that continues to be a leader in the field of juvenile justice. The Commission takes pride in these achievements while remaining steadfast to its mission. I am grateful to the membership for electing me to serve another term as your chair.

Terry L. Clark, Chair