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2015 Report Card

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Child Welfare & Public Safety

2015 Accomplishments

  1. The State of New Mexico has continued its efforts to expand the number of Child Advocacy Centers statewide and has secured $1.2 million in general funds for FY2016 for the purpose of creating an additional seven facilities. These additional Child Advocacy Sites are critical to co-locate Child Protective Services, law enforcement, and community providers to coordinate the support of all the entities investigating child abuse and neglect to ensure more comprehensive services are provided to the child victims and their families.

  2. CYFD’s Juvenile Justice Services division (JJS) is statutorily charged to rehabilitate the youth in our care and custody. Juvenile offenders come into JJS in a number of different ways: informal probation services, formal (adjudicated) probation services, or as youth “committed” to one of CYFD’s four secure facilities. CYFD measures recidivism in three ways: the percentage of clients recommitted to a CYFD facility within two years of discharge from facilities, the percentage of clients re-adjudicated within two years of previous adjudication, and the percentage of clients age 18 and over who enter adult corrections within two years after discharge from a JJS facility. CYFD JJS is working to reduce recidivism of committed youth through improved JJS facility programs, reintegration, transition services, and supervised release.

  3. The Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee (JJAC) is appointed by the Governor and is advisory to CYFD (Children Youth and Families Department), the Governor and the Legislature. The JJAC advocates for the prevention of delinquency, alternatives to secure detention, improvement of the juvenile justice system, and the development of a continuum of graduated sanctions for juveniles in local communities. The JJAC allocates federal and state grant funds to communities in New Mexico for these purposes:

    • Twenty regional Juvenile Justice Continuum Boards have been developed in communities across the state to address the goals of the state advisory group, JJAC. These regional Juvenile Justice Continuum Boards:
      • Analyze local trends that put youth at risk,

      • Assess community resource gaps that affect youth and families,

      • Build partnerships with key community leaders that positively impact policy regarding youth,

      • Fund programming that directly impacts the concerns and issues facing our youth, and

      • Involve community leaders and experts to address youth and family issues.



  4. CYFD’s FY16 budget also includes an additional $1.0 million to continue our Family Support Services Program. This program began as a pilot in FY14 and is intended to help families with multiple referrals to Protective Services that are not severe enough to warrant losing custody of their children. Protective Services, through the efforts of the Family Support Services Initiative, will help these families engage in services to strengthen the family unit and support our prevention activities. In FY15, the FSS program served over 450 families.

  5. Over 450,000 New Mexicans were reached multiple times by all media (television, radio, and newspaper) through the half-hour documentary “Everyone’s Business: Protecting Our Children.” The project informed viewers and readers about child abuse prevention, the latest research on the effects of abuse on children and society, effective prevention methods, and what individual members of the public can do to help. The program was funded in part by the New Mexico Children Youth and Families Department and the New Mexico Department of Health.

Programs & Services

Tobacco Use

The Tobacco Use Prevention and Control (TUPAC) program & its partners use a comprehensive, evidence-based approach to promote healthy lifestyles that are free from tobacco abuse & addiction among all New Mexicans. TUPAC follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). TUPAC works with communities, schools, and organizations across the state. Activities include: school tobacco policy; cessation services; and public awareness & education campaigns.

Budget Implications: FY 13 total budget: $6,707,700.00

Web Address: http://www.nmtupac.com

Para Los Ninos – DOH

Para Los Ninos is a program of the Pediatrics Department of the UNMHSC School of Medicine. It provides medical evaluations for children & adolescents who have been sexually abused & sexually assaulted. PLN has a leadership role in responding to, treating, & preventing child sexual abuse cases while also providing follow-up care for child sexual abuse & adolescent sexual assault survivors. PLN provides training to government and other organizations.

Budget Implications: $391,800 of General Fund appropriated to the Department of Health is contracted to Para Los Ninos as partial funding.

Web Address: http:/hsc.unm.edu/SOM/pediatrics/divisions/paraLosNinos.shtml

Juvenile Accountability

The goal of the Juvenile Accountability Block Grants (JABG) program is to reduce juvenile offending through accountability-based programs focused on juvenile offenders and the juvenile justice system. To meet that goal and strengthen the juvenile justice system, a state or unit of local government may use JABG funds to perform various juvenile justice related activities.

Budget Implications: This Federal Block Grant flows through CYFD to local communities dedicated to the accountability-based programming efforts.

Web Address: http://www.cyfd.org

Juvenile Community Corrections

The JCC program is a unique approach to working with adjudicated delinquent youth. The program utilizes a team approach, which includes the client, family, contracted agency, local public schools staff, Juvenile Probation Officers and other significant individuals in the client's life. The program provides participants with program services based on the client's individualized needs.

Budget Implications: The Juvenile Community Corrections program is supported through a General Fund appropriation that flows through CYFD via a Request for Proposal process to regional community providers.

Web Address: http://www.cyfd.org

Child Protective Services

The Protective Services Division (PSD) strives to enhance safety, permanency, & well-being of children & families in New Mexico. PSD receives reports of alleged child maltreatment through a Statewide Central Intake (SCI). PSD investigates reports; provides foster care; works with families to safely care for their children; finds safe, permanent families for children through adoption or permanent guardianship; & works with youth emancipating from the foster care system to assist them in successfully transitioning into adulthood.

Budget Implications: The Protective Service Division's funding comes from a combination of general fund dollars, federal funding, and grants.

Web Address: http://www.cyfd.org

JJS Facilities

CYFD has 4 budgeted secure facilities for adjudicated youth: Camino Nuevo Youth Center; Youth Diagnostic & Development Center; J. Paul Taylor Center; & Lincoln Pines Youth Center, and funds & regulates four reintegration centers. In 2006, Cambiar New Mexico was implemented as a rehabilitative model for youth in CYFD's care & custody. The Cambiar-centered programming requires that there is never more than 12 youth per unit at any given point & that unit functions in a positive peer culture.

Budget Implications: The secure facilities are supported through general fund dollars while the reintegration centers are funded through Medicaid reimbursement dollars and general fund dollars.

Web Address: http://www.cyfd.org

Sequoyah

Sequoyah Adolescent Treatment Center is a 36-bed residential treatment center operated by New Mexico Department of Health, accredited by The Joint Commission (TJC) & Medicaid approved. Sequoyah provides care, treatment, & reintegration into society for males ages 12-18 who have a history of violence and a mental disorder. Services provided are based on student's needs. The student must have the cognitive capacity to benefit from verbal therapies and the milieu programming offered at Sequoyah.

Budget Implications: Sequoyah Adolescent Treatment Center (DOH) was allocated a total of $6,703.125.00 in FY 13. While the state and other resources contributed $6,643,516 in FY13, the federal contribution was $59, 606.00 in FY13.

Web Address: http://www.nmsatc.org

Independent Living Services

Independent Living Services support youth in multiple ways: Youth Transition specialists that teach & train on life skills for all youth aging out of foster care; support for youth beginning their own living situations; financial benefits for youth through federal Chafee dollars; gathering data through federally required surveys of youth aging out, & analysis & reporting of data; & providing financial assistance for youth in post secondary education and training.

Budget Implications: The TLS program is supported through federal grant dollars that flow through CYFD to the TLS programs.

Web Address: http://www.cyfd.org

TANF

The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, known in New Mexico as NMWorks, provides cash assistance to families who qualify. The Human Services Department (HSD) helps families determine whether or not they qualify for cash assistance. This monthly cash assistance benefit should be used to meet family needs such as housing, utilities, and clothing costs.

Budget Implications: The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program is entirely funded by federal dollars, and received $54,821,106 during fiscal year 2013. It is estimated that 21,280 New Mexico children were served by this program during FY13.

Web Address: http://www.hsd.state.nm.us/isd/tanf.html

Child Support

The Child Support Enforcement Program is a state and federal program to collect support from Non-custodial Parents. Its primary mission is to maximize the collection of child support for all New Mexico Children.

Budget Implications: Child Support Enforcement is funded both by state and federal dollars with $10,640,694.00 in state funds and $18,916,790.00 in federal funds for Fiscal Year 2013. It is estimated that 59,607 kids were served by this program in FY13.

Web Address: http://www.hsd.state.nm.us/csed/

Childhood Injury Prevention

Purchase, distribution & fitting of 1,500 helmets during 2012, in addition to providing home & vehicle safety trainings for daycare providers & home visitors. Coordination & support for Safe Kids network of safety personnel statewide. Safety trainings include a priority on both opioid and non-prescription drug overdose prevention. Safety trainings also focus on Consumer Product Safety Commission recalls, & the new Safe Sleep campaign.

Budget Implications: N/A

Web Address: http://www.health.state.nm.us/

Legislative Achievements

HB101 SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN PENALTIES

This bill makes hiring or offering to hire a child 13 years of age or younger to engage in prohibited sexual act a first degree felony. This bill also increases the age of a child for a first degree felony (from 12 and under to 13 and under) and increases the age for a second degree felony (from 15 and under to 16 and under), when a person knowingly receives any pecuniary profit from a child engaging in prohibited sexual act with another. Lastly, this bill increases the age of a child for a second degree felony (from ages 14 through 15 to ages 14 through 16) for hiring or offering to hire a child to engage in any prohibited sexual act. Although hiring or offering to hire a child who is ages 14 or 15 to engage in prohibited sexual acts is a second degree felony, doing the same with a child who is age 13 and under was previously not a criminal act. This bill closes that gap.

HB174 AMBER ALERTS TO PAGERS AND CELL PHONES

This legislation requires each commercial mobile radio service provider to send a text message, at no cost to the customer, alerting customers that an AMBER Alert has been issued within the geographical area.

HB213 CHILD-RESISTANT NICOTINE LIQUID PACKAGES

House Bill 213, as amended by the House Judiciary Committee, requires that any product containing nicotine liquid, such as e-cigarette liquid, offered for retail sale in New Mexico must be contained in child-resistant packaging. This legislation allows the Attorney General to bring a civil action in district court for violation of these provisions. Penalties for violation may include a permanent or a temporary injunction, restraining order, and a penalty of up to $1,000. The packaging requirement in HB213/a does not apply to pre-filled and sealed cartridges containing liquid or another substance containing nicotine for use in some electronic smoking devices.

HB341 CYFD WORKER LOANS

HB341 establishes a loan repayment program for CYFD caseworkers who interact with high-risk families and youth as employees of the Juvenile Justice Services (JJS) or Protective Services Division (PSD) of CYFD. The legislation establishes a non-reverting fund in the state treasury and provides for repayment of the principal and reasonable interest accrued on higher education loans (up to $25,000) obtained from the federal government or commercial lender for these specified employees.

HB142 UNAUTHORIZED DISTRIBUTION OF SENSITIVE IMAGES

This legislation creates a new statute within the criminal code prohibiting and penalizing the distribution or publication of images by electronic device or other medium, in an effort to harass the person depicted in the image or to cause that person to be harassed or injured. This content is known as “Revenge Porn,” as growing numbers of men and women distribute intimate images of their ex-boyfriends or -girlfriends out of hatred or spite, or to cause embarrassment. HB142 indicates that violation of this section of law would constitute a misdemeanor, unless it was a second or subsequent offense, in which case it would be a fourth degree felony.

SB510 CRIME VICTIM REPARATIONS TIME AND FEES

SB 510 amends Section 31-22-8 NMSA 1978 within the Crime Victims Reparation Act (CVRA) to expand the list of crimes to which the CVRA applies and for which reparation to victims may be made. These crimes now include stalking, assault against a household member, and battery against a household member. SB510 also removes the crimes of aggravated arson and aggravated stalking from the list and requires the currently-included crime of dangerous use of explosives to result in bodily harm. According to the Crime Victims Reparation Commission (CVRC), amending these crimes in CVRA will better align with the services that are currently provided. For example, CVRC never covers aggravated arson, as this may include a home burning down, and CVRC does not pay for the damages for a new home. The bill also amends Section 31-22-14 NMSA 1978 to permit the CVRC to extend the time for filing an application for reparation if a claimant or victim can demonstrate good cause.

HB328 NO ALTERATION OR SALE OF COUNTERFEIT AIRBAGS

This legislation adds a new section to the Motor Vehicle Code to prohibit the alteration of airbags, to prohibit the sale and installation of counterfeit or nonfunctional airbags, and to require airbags in rental vehicles or vehicles for hire. It also prohibits the misrepresentation of airbags, to protect the integrity of airbags and the safety they provide.

Proposed Next Steps

Step 1:
CYFD is expanding its Virtual Desktop pilot program, which will allow law enforcement to access the Child Abuse and Neglect Database to assist them when responding to calls.
Step 2:
CYFD continues to collaborate with various agencies to strengthen multi-disciplinary teams to improve the outcomes for children and families, especially with a 2016 launch of its new PullTogether campaign to make our state the best place to be a kid.
Step 3:
The Department of Public Safety has been awarded a grant through the Crime Victims Reparations Commission for the purpose of hiring two victims’ advocates to serve as liaisons between the Department of Public Safety, the judicial system, and the victims. These victims’ advocates will be assigned to high-risk and high-need areas of the state to ensure a higher quality of service is provided equally to all victims of crime in the State of New Mexico. Districts 7 and 5, which include Rio Arriba, Taos, Bernalillo, Sandoval, and Valencia counties, have been designated as such areas.
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