Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $150,000)
The FY 2016 Juvenile Justice Emergency Planning Demonstration Program provides resources for state, tribal, local, municipal, and community organizations to develop, strengthen, and implement emergency preparedness plans for juvenile justice facilities.
The purpose of the New York City Administration for Children's Services (ACS) Juvenile Justice Emergency Planning Demonstration Program (JJEPDP) is to support the development, improvement, and implementation of emergency planning activities for its 30 Close-to-Home juvenile residential and detention facilities. ACS protects and promotes the safety and well-being of New York Citys children and families by providing child welfare, juvenile justice, education, and employment services. The target populations for this initiative are the youth and employees occupying the Close-to-Home facilities. This initiative will help ensure that each site is better prepared to handle emergencies and disasters. Objectives are to:
Establish an emergency planning team.
Conduct an emergency preparedness assessment of each facility.
Deliver eight train the trainer sessions for all ACS Close-to-Home facilities.
Ensure that each Close-to-Home provider delivers eight staff training sessions in their respective locations.
Publish the emergency preparedness plan and related resources for each facility.
ACS will create a JJEPDP steering committee to oversee the initiative. It will be composed of the First Deputy Commissioner of Youth and Family Justice, the Chief Operating Officer, and the Senior Advisor of Operations. Committee activities will include launching an emergency planning team to engage staff, providers, and partners in monthly meetings; hiring an emergency planning contractor; assessing the training needs of staff; developing workshops; and identifying resources. The committee will also coordinate the creation of bilingual tip sheets and online resources for staff, youth, and families.