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  • There was good news and bad news from the Juvenile Justice Authority at Tuesday’s Crawford County Commission meeting.

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  • There was good news and bad news from the Juvenile Justice Authority at Tuesday’s Crawford County Commission meeting.
    The good news is that they’ll be getting more funding. The bad news is a well-revered position is likely to be lost.
    First, the good news. The JJA’s core funding will rise by $12,477 thanks to a state formula that determines funding. Half of the formula is determined by the average daily population, while part of the remainder is based on the number of juvenile intakes, and the rest is determined by new case plans entered into the state computer system.
    The funding hike was a good surprise, officials said.
    “It’s not been that way for the last three years, so it’s unusual. We don’t usually get enough from the state,” said Rick Pfeiffer, Crawford County Mental Health Executive Director.
    Furthermore, the JJA will keep the same amount of funding for prevention programs — $14,845, but the JJA qualified for about $4,900 in supplemental funds because the county JJA will offer additional Thinking for a Change courses.
    County commissioners were pleased by the news.
    “It’s nice to have something come before us that will see an increase rather than have to be asking for help like we see so often,” said Commissioner Tom Moody.
    Angie Hadley, program coordinator with the Restorative Justice Authority, asked the commissioners to approve of the grant funding, while warning the commissioners of state changes that could have an effect on the local Juvenile Justice Authority.
    The bad news, as Hadley explained, is the state is changing its funding plans for a valued position in the county.
    “We have a grant through the Department of Children and Families for a diversion and foster care program supervisor through our office. Anytime a kid is going into police protective custody, she goes to the home and sees if there is any relative to take the child to try to keep the kid from going to out-of-home placement,” Hadley said.
    Unfortunately, the state is changing these positions to regional, meaning the region that contains Crawford County would stretch from the Oklahoma border to the Nebraska border.
    Hadley asked the commission to write a letter of support of JJA, saying that the local advantage will be lost for a position that sometimes sees three to four children a week.
    “Like a lot of state reorganization, they’re going to create an environment where more go into foster care,” Pfeiffer said. “We’re doing the same thing in mental health, where more are going to mental hospitals. Repurposing is causing problems. We don’t want children in foster care or adults in mental hospitals, but that’s what we will get out of this.”
    Page 2 of 2 - The commission also heard from Jan Bolin, the retiring president/CEO of CLASS Ltd. She introduced the new CEO, Scott Thompson, and thanked the commissioners for their support over the years.
    She also asked the commission to endorse a letter asking Gov. Sam Brownback to exclude those with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) from KanCare. I/DD has a one-year exemption, but Bolin said that with the numerous problems being reported throughout KanCare, I/DD should not be brought into the fold.

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