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H0233................................by JUDICIARY, RULES AND ADMINISTRATION
JUVENILE OFFENDER - Amends existing law to allow the Department of Juvenile
Corrections to contract with the Department of Health and Welfare for
services relating to child support; and to provide that the Department of
Juvenile Corrections may establish and enforce child support to reimburse
the department for costs incurred for the care and support of juveniles
committed to its custody.
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|||| LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ||||
Fifty-fifth Legislature First Regular Session - 1999
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
HOUSE BILL NO. 233
BY JUDICIARY, RULES AND ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE
1 AN ACT
2 RELATING TO JUVENILE CORRECTIONS; AMENDING SECTION 20-504, IDAHO CODE, TO
3 ALLOW THE DEPARTMENT OF JUVENILE CORRECTIONS TO CONTRACT WITH THE DEPART-
4 MENT OF HEALTH AND WELFARE FOR SERVICES RELATING TO CHILD SUPPORT; AND
5 AMENDING SECTION 20-524, IDAHO CODE, TO PROVIDE THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF
6 JUVENILE CORRECTIONS MAY ESTABLISH AND ENFORCE CHILD SUPPORT TO REIMBURSE
7 THE DEPARTMENT FOR COSTS INCURRED FOR THE CARE AND SUPPORT OF JUVENILES
8 COMMITTED TO ITS CUSTODY.
9 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
10 SECTION 1. That Section 20-504, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby
11 amended to read as follows:
12 20-504. DUTIES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF JUVENILE CORRECTIONS. (1) The depart-
13 ment shall have jurisdiction over all juveniles committed to it pursuant to
14 chapter 5, title 20, Idaho Code.
15 (2) The department is responsible for all juvenile offenders committed to
16 it by the courts of this state for confinement. The department shall also
17 establish minimum standards for detention, care and certification of approved
18 detention facilities based upon such standards.
19 (3) The department shall establish and administer all secure residential
20 facilities including all state juvenile corrections centers.
21 (4) The department shall make all decisions regarding placement of juve-
22 nile offenders committed to it in the most appropriate program for supervision
23 and treatment.
24 (5) The department shall establish an observation and assessment process
25 for juvenile offenders committed to it by a court.
26 (6) The department shall establish liaison services with the counties.
27 (7) The department may establish and operate work programs designed to
28 employ juvenile offenders in public service work projects for the purpose of
29 reimbursing victims of the juvenile offender's delinquent behavior.
30 (8) The department is hereby authorized and may place juveniles committed
31 to it pursuant to this chapter on a ranch, in a forestry camp or similar
32 facility for care and for work, if possible; provided, that the person, agency
33 or association operating the facility has been approved and has otherwise com-
34 plied with all applicable state and local laws. A juvenile placed in a for-
35 estry camp or similar facility may be required to work on fire prevention,
36 forestation and reforestation, recreational works, forest roads and on other
37 works on or off the grounds of such facility and may be paid wages.
38 (9) The department shall establish minimum standards for the operation of
39 all private residential and nonresidential facilities and programs which pro-
40 vide services to juvenile offenders. The standards shall be no more stringent
41 than standards imposed for facilities operated by the department or for deten-
42 tion facilities operated by counties.
43 (10) The department shall assist counties in establishing meaningful pro-
1 grams for juveniles who either have been found to come under the purview of
2 this chapter or who have had their case informally diverted pursuant to sec-
3 tion 20-511, Idaho Code, and who have not been committed to the legal custody
4 of the department.
5 (11) The department shall have authority to adopt such administrative
6 rules pursuant to the procedures provided in chapter 52, title 67, Idaho Code,
7 as are deemed necessary or appropriate for the functioning of the department
8 and the implementation and administration of this act.
9 (12) The department shall have the authority to contract with any
10 public or private entity for the establishment and enforcement of support for
11 juveniles committed to the department of juvenile corrections.
12 (13) Subject to any competitive bidding requirements otherwise pro-
13 vided by law, the department shall have authority to enter into contracts with
14 a private association or organization or other public agency or organization
15 for the inspection and licensure of detention facilities.
16 (1 3 4 ) Subject to any competitive bidding
17 requirements otherwise provided by law, the department shall have authority to
18 enter into contracts with private providers or local governmental agencies for
19 the confinement or other permanent or temporary placement of juveniles commit-
20 ted to its custody.
21 (1 4 5 ) The department shall have authority to
22 apply for, receive and expend federal funds, subject to appropriation by the
23 legislature. The department shall have authority to establish guidelines for
24 and administer the distribution of state block grant funds to counties for the
25 employment and training of county probation officers, the establishment of
26 secure and nonsecure residential or nonresidential facilities and programs for
27 juvenile offenders. The department may require that a county provide matching
28 funds as a condition of receiving a block grant. The department, by rule, in
29 cooperation with the courts and the counties, shall establish uniform stan-
30 dards, criteria and operating procedures for county juvenile probation ser-
31 vices, as well as qualifications for and standards for the training of juve-
32 nile probation officers.
33 (1 5 6 ) All of the powers and duties imposed upon
34 or granted to the director of the department of health and welfare or the
35 board of health and welfare pursuant to chapter 18, title 16, Idaho Code, are
36 hereby transferred to the director of the department of juvenile corrections.
37 The director shall have all such powers and duties as may have been or could
38 have been exercised by his predecessors in law with respect to chapter 18,
39 title 16, Idaho Code, and shall be the successor in law to all contractual
40 obligations entered into by his predecessor in law.
41 SECTION 2. That Section 20-524, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby
42 amended to read as follows:
43 20-524. SUPPORT OF JUVENILE -- REIMBURSEMENT FOR COSTS INCURRED -- PAY-
44 MENT OF DETENTION COSTS. (1) Upon the commitment of a juvenile to the
45 custody of the department, a debt is created which is due and owing to the
46 department by the parent, guardian or other persons legally obligated to care
47 for and support the juvenile. The debt arises from the date the juvenile is
48 committed to the department and continues until the juvenile is released from
49 the custody of the department. The debt is equal to the support obligation as
50 subsequently determined by a court pursuant to the Idaho child support guide-
51 lines. The debt shall not exceed the amount expended by the department for the
52 care and support of the juvenile. The department shall be subrogated to the
53 right of the juvenile or the person having the care, custody and control of
1 the juvenile to prosecute or maintain any support action existing under the
2 laws of the state of Idaho to obtain reimbursement of the moneys expended for
3 the care and support of the juvenile. If an order already exists for the sup-
4 port of the juvenile, the department shall be subrogated to the debt created
5 by such order. When a written agreement for payment of support has been
6 entered into by the department and the responsible parent, guardian or other
7 legally obligated person, the debt shall be limited to the amount provided for
8 in the agreement.
9 (2) Whenever a juvenile is placed by the court in custody
10 other than that of the juvenile's parents, guardian or custodian, after due
11 notice to the parent, guardian or other persons legally obligated to care for
12 and support the juvenile, and after a hearing of the department
13 of juvenile corrections , the court may order and decree that
14 the parent or other legally obligated person shall
15 to pay in such a manner as the court may direct a reasonable sum
16 that will cover in whole or in part the department for the
17 support and treatment of the juvenile . If the parent or other legally
18 obligated person willfully fails or refuses to pay such sum, the court may
19 proceed against him for contempt, or the order may be filed and shall have the
20 effect of a civil judgment pursuant to the Idaho child support
21 guidelines .
22 ( 2 3 ) If the juvenile is detained, the court may
23 order that the parents or other legal guardian of the juvenile contribute to
24 the costs of detention in an amount to be set by the court. The order may be
25 filed and shall have the effect of a civil judgment. It is the intent of the
26 legislature that foster parents or a parent or legal guardian receiving public
27 assistance relating to that juvenile should not benefit from the continued
28 receipt of payments or public assistance from any state or federal agency
29 while the juvenile is detained. The department of health and welfare is
30 directed to promulgate a rule implementing this intent.
31 ( 3 4 ) All child support orders shall notify the
32 obligor that the order will be enforced by income withholding pursuant to
33 chapter 12, title 32, Idaho Code.
34 ( 4 5 ) Failure to include these provisions does
35 not affect the validity of the support order or decree. The court shall
36 require that the social security numbers of both the obligor and obligee be
37 included in the order or decree.
38 ( 5 6 ) If the juvenile is committed to the cus-
39 tody of the department of juvenile corrections pursuant to chapter 5, title
40 20, Idaho Code, the department shall reimburse the county for the period of
41 time in excess of five (5) days during which the juvenile is housed at a
42 detention facility. The time period shall begin to run from the day the
43 department receives a copy of the order of commitment executed by the court.
44 Facsimile transmissions of the order are acceptable.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
RS08951C1It is necessary to include a clarification of the legal
responsibility of parents to provide reimbursement for the cost of
treating their child while she/he is in the custody of the
Department of Juvenile Corrections, and that the provisions of I.C.
20-524 can be pursued administratively as a debt to the
This proposed legislation will have a positive fiscal impact of
CONTACT: Brent D. Reinke, Director
Department of Juvenile Corrections
(208)334-5100, ext 102
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE/ FISCAL NOTE Bill No. H 233