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Multiagency Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council (MJJCC)

This committee was established in 1996 in response to Senate Bill 1760 - Juvenile Crime Enforcement which amended Welfare and Institutions Code 749.22 to include the development of a comprehensive, multiagency plan that identifies the resources and strategies for providing an effective continuum of responses for the prevention, intervention, supervision, treatment, and incarceration of male and female juvenile offenders, including strategies to develop and implement locally based or regionally based out-of-home placement options for youth who are described in Section 602. 

Meeting Information: The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 18, 2023, from 12:15 PM to 1 PM.

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Kelly M. Vernon, Chief Probation Officer, Tulare County Probation Department (Chair)
Tim Ward, District Attorney, District Attorney's Office
Erin Brooks, Public Defender, Public Defender's Office
Mike Boudreaux, Sheriff, Tulare County Sheriff's Office
Donna Ortiz, Agency Director, Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency
Natalie Bolin, Director, Tulare County Behavioral Health
Tim Hire, Superintendent, Tulare County Office of Education
Jason Salazar, Chief, Visalia Police Department
Honorable Judge John Bianco, Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Court, Superior Court of Tulare County
Mary Alice Escarsega-Fechner, Executive Director, Community Services Employment Training (CSET) 
Eddie Valero, Board of Supervisor
Vacant, Drug and Alcohol Program 

The plan shall include, but not be limited to, the following components:

(a) An assessment of existing law enforcement, probation, education, mental health, health, social services, drug and alcohol, and youth services resources which specifically target at-risk juveniles, juvenile offenders, and their families.
(b) An identification and prioritization of the neighborhoods, schools, and other areas in the community that face a significant public safety risk from juvenile crime, such as gang activity, daylight burglary, late-night robbery, vandalism, truancy, controlled substance sales, firearm-related violence, and juvenile alcohol use within the council’s jurisdiction.
(c) A local action plan (LAP) for improving and marshaling the resources set forth in subdivision (a) to reduce the incidence of juvenile crime and delinquency in the areas targeted pursuant to subdivision (b) and the greater community. The council shall prepare their plans to maximize the provision of collaborative and integrated services of all the resources set forth in subdivision (a), and shall provide specified strategies for all elements of response, including prevention, intervention, suppression,
and incapacitation, to provide a continuum for addressing the identified male and female juvenile crime problem, and strategies to develop and implement locally based or regionally-based out-of-home placement options for youths who are persons described in Section 602.
(d) Develop information and intelligence-sharing systems to ensure that county actions are fully coordinated, and to provide data for measuring the success of the grantee in achieving its goals. The plan shall develop goals related to the outcome measures that shall be used to determine the effectiveness of the program.
(e) Identify outcome measures which shall include, but not be limited to, the following:
     (1) The rate of juvenile arrests.
     (2) The rate of successful completion of probation.
     (3) The rate of successful completion of restitution and court-ordered community service responsibilities.

For information regarding meetings please contact Gina Rizza at (559) 608-9035