ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF YOUTH SERVICES ADMINISTRATIVE CODE

CHAPTER 950-1-1 GENERAL PROVISIONS AND ORGANIZATION

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950-1-1-.01 Creation Of Department

950-1-1-.02 Purpose

950-1-1-.03 State Youth Services Director

950-1-1-.04 Powers And Duties Generally

950-1-1-.05 Board Of Youth Services

950-1-1-.06 Powers Of The Board

950-1-1-.07 Organizational

Structure/Method Of Operation

950-1-1-.08 Statutory Authority

950-1-1-.09 Effective Date

950-1-1-.10 Public Request For Information

950-1-1-.01 Creation Of Department. There is hereby created and established a department of the state to be known as the department of youth services. The department shall be composed of the youth services board, the director and such divisions and administrative sections as the board may establish. The principal offices of the department shall be located at the state capital. The department shall have the powers and duties and shall perform the functions prescribed in this chapter. (Acts 1973, No. 816, p. 1261, 3.

Author: Department of Youth Services

Statutory Authority: Code of Ala. 1975, 44-1-20.

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950-1-1-.02 Purpose. The purpose of this Act is to promote and safeguard the social well-being and general welfare of the youth of the state through a comprehensive and coordinated program of public services for the prevention of juvenile delinquency and the rehabilitation of delinquent youth. This State program shall provide the following: (a) social and educational services and facilities for any youth whom a juvenile judge deems in need of such state services; (b) the establishment of standards for social and educational services and facilities for such youth; (c) cooperation with public and voluntary agencies, organizations, and citizen groups in the development and coordination of programs and activities directed toward the prevention, control and treatment of delinquency; (d) the promotion and improvement of community conditions, programs, and resources to aid parents in discharging their responsibilities for the care, development and well-being of their children; (e) and the promotion of improved communications between the public and voluntary agencies and bodies of this state responsible for said youth, and the juvenile courts of this state.

Author: Department of Youth Services

Statutory Authority: Code of Ala. 1975, 44-1-1.

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950-1-1-.03 State Youth Services Director.

(1) The state youth services director shall have at a minimum a master's degree in behavioral or social science or a related field from an accredited school and shall have at least six years' experience in the field of services to children and youth, with at least three years of that experience being in the field of juvenile delinquency services. The last three years of such experience must have been in an administrative and/or management position with demonstrated competence as indicated by promotion or other indications of responsibility.

(2) The director may be removed from office by a vote of nine members of the board for reasons fully set forth in the minutes of the meeting at which such removal takes place. (3) The director shall have the following powers and duties:

(a) Subject to the provisions of the state merit system, to appoint all officers and employees of the department, or to authorize any superintendent, division or bureau head or other administrator to select with his approval all staff members and employees.

(b) To exercise supervision over all the officers and employees of the department, and should any such officer or employee fail to perform faithfully any of the duties which are lawfully prescribed for him or if he fails or refuses to observe or conform to any rule, regulation or policy of the board, to remove him from office, in conformity with the state merit system law.

(c) To make agreements with the heads of other executive departments of the state providing for the coordination of the functions of the various departments of the state.

(d) Serve as the administrator of the Interstate Compact on Juveniles. (Acts 1973, No. 816, p. 1261, 11.)

Author: Department of Youth Services

Statutory Authority: Code of Ala. 1975, 41-1-21

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950-1-1-.04 Powers And Duties Generally. The Department of Youth Services shall have the following powers, duties and functions:

(a) To provide services for youths who have run away from their own communities in this state or from their home communities in other states to this state, and to provide such services, care or cost for such youths as may be required pursuant to the provisions of the Interstate Compact on Juveniles;

(b) To provide for the expansion of local detention care for youths alleged to be delinquent pending court hearing;

(c) To encourage the expansion of juvenile probation services to youths alleged or adjudged to be delinquent or in_need of supervision;

(d) To establish and promulgate reasonable minimum standards for juvenile probation services;

(e) To establish and promulgate reasonable minimum standards for juvenile probation officers and certify any applicant meeting such standards for the position of juvenile probation officer;

(f) To secure the provision of medical, hospital, psychiatric, surgical or dental service, or payment of the cost of such services, as may be needed for committed youths;

(g) To license and subsidize foster care facilities or group homes for youths alleged to be delinquent pending hearing before a juvenile court or adjudged delinquent following such hearing, including detention, examination, study, care, treatment and training;

(h) To establish, maintain and subsidize programs to train employees of the department, juvenile courts and law enforcement personnel in such subject matters and techniques as may be necessary to assure efficient and effective administration of such services in accordance with the purpose of this chapter;

(i) To make and enforce all rules and regulations which are necessary and appropriate to the proper_accomplishment of the duties and functions vested in the department by law with respect to youth services and which do not conflict with or exceed the provisions of law vesting such duties and functions in the department;

(j) To enter into contracts with any other state or federal agency or with any private person, organization or group capable of contracting, if it finds such action to be in the public interest;

(k) Upon approval of the attorney general of the state, to file and prosecute civil actions in any court in the name of the department to enforce the provisions of this chapter and to enforce such rules and regulations as may be duly promulgated under the provisions of this chapter. Such civil actions may include actions for an injunction to restrain any person, agency or organization from violating any provision of this chapter or any rule or regulation duly promulgated under the provision of this chapter;

(1) To accept gifts, trusts, bequests, grants, endowments or transfers of property of any kind and prudently to manage such property in accordance with sound financial principles;

(m) To prescribe for and furnish forms to clerks of probate and juvenile courts for use in connection with any action to be taken under the provisions of this chapter;

(n) To enter into reciprocal agreements with appropriate agencies of other states relative to youth services programs; and

(o) To engage in research in the field of youth services, to enter into contracts with public or voluntary organizations, including educational institutions, and with individuals for the purpose of securing such research and to make provisions for any pay grants to such organizations or individuals in accordance with the rules of the department, as may be necessary to secure the performance of such research. (Acts 1973, No. 816, p. 1261, 13, 14.)

Author: Department of Youth Services

Statutory Authority: Code of Ala. 1975, 44-1-24.

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950-1-1-.05 Board Of Youth Services. There is hereby created and established the Alabama youth services board. The principal offices of the board shall be located at the state capital. The board shall have the powers and duties and shall perform the functions described in this Code.

Author: Department of Youth Services

Statutory Authority: Code of Ala. 1975, 44-1-50, 44-1-51,

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950-1-1-.06 Powers Of The Board. The youth services board shall have the following powers:

(a) To appoint the state youth services director and to fix his salary.

(b) To institute and defend legal proceedings in any court of competent jurisdiction and proper venue.

(c) To contract with any private person, organization or entity or any combination thereof capable of contracting, if it finds such act to be in the public interest.

(d) To establish and promulgate reasonable rules, policies, orders and regulations for the carrying out of its duties and responsibilities.

(e) To purchase or lease land or to acquire property by eminent domain and to purchase, lease, let, sell, exchange or otherwise transfer property, land or buildings in order to carry out its duties and responsibilities under the provisions of this chapter. (Acts 1973, No. 816, p. 1261, 6, 15.)

Author: Department of Youth Services

Statutory Authority: Code of Ala. 1975, 44-1-52.

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950-1-1-.07 Organizational Structure/Method Of Operation. The Department is organized and broken into major responsibility units as shown on the attached chart. The Board of Youth Services sets all policies of the Department and it is the responsibility and duty of the Director to carry out the policies as set by the Board. The Director has established the method of operation as outlined on the chart.

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950-1-1-.08 Statutory Authority. Code of Ala. 1975, Title 44, entitled Youth Services.

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950-1-1-09 Effective Date. The Department was established by Act 816, 1973 Regular Session of the Alabama Legislature. The Department became operational in April 1974.

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950-1-1-.10 Public Request For Information. To obtain information or request copies of rules of the Department of Youth Services, a request should be made to: Department of Youth Services, P. 0. Box 66, Mt. Meigs, Alabama 36057. Attention: Secretary - Alabama Administrative Procedure Law. Telephone: (205) 832-3910.

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Department of Youth Services Organizational Chart

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