SB 823: Juvenile Justice Realignment – Closure of DJJ
SB 823 is an opportunity for local probation departments to create a local secure rehabilitation program for youth and young adults who would have previously been committed by the Court and housed at regional centers operated by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ).
Commencing July 1, 2021, counties will no longer be able to send youth DJJ. In Santa Clara County, youth will now be committed by the Court to remain locally in a secure rehabilitation program operated by the Probation Department, in collaboration with the Behavioral Health Services Department.
These youth are committed to the new local program by the Court because the Court has determined that a less restrictive alternative placement is unsuitable for the youth.
To learn more about the Probation Department’s implementation of SB 823 by visiting our webpage: SB 823 (DJJ Realignment) - Probation Department - County of Santa Clara (sccgov.org).
Meetings of the Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council (JJCC) Juvenile Realignment Subcommittee are public and agendas can be accessed on the County of Santa Clara Meeting Portal. You can find documents here.
Juvenile Justice Realignment Block Grant Annual Plan
Under Senate Bill (SB) 823, to be eligible for Juvenile Justice Realignment Block Grant (JJRBG) funding, the County must submit the JJRBG Annual Plan to the State Office of Youth and Community Restoration (OYCR) by January 1, 2022. It is important to note that this is the initial iteration of the plan and amendments can be submitted to the OYCR, as needed. The JJRBG Annual Plan is due to the OYCR on May 1st annually and the JJCC Subcommittee will continue to meet to monitor the progress and implementation of the SYTF. Modifications and adjustments to the plan will be made as needed. You can read a copy of the approved JJRBG Annual Plan here, this plan was reviewed by the Board of Supervisors on November 16, 2021 and approved by the JJCC Juvenile Realignment Subcommittee on November 22, 2021.