ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF YOUTH SERVICES ADMINISTRATIVE CODE

CHAPTER 950-3-1 STUDENT RELEASE POLICY

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950-3-1-.01 Statement Of Policy

950-3-1-.02 Procedure For Release

950-3-1-.03 Statutory Authority

950-3-1-.04 Effective Date

950-3-1-.01 Statement of Policy.

(1) It shall be the policy of the Department that all students shall be reviewed by the Student Review Committee prior to release from any DYS facility. Only upon concurrence in release recommendations by the Committee will students be released.

(2) The Student Review Committee shall be composed of the facility Superintendent or Regional Coordinator responsible for DYS group home supervision (as applicable), the Executive Assistant to the Director of DYS and the Coordinator of Institutional Services who shall serve as Chairman of the Committee.

(3) The Student Review Committee shall meet on the first and third Fridays of each month at Mt. Meigs Campus, and on second and fourth Fridays in Birmingham.

(4) Proposed releases shall be submitted with written justification to the Chairman of the Student Review Committee at least fifteen (15) days prior to proposed release date.

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950-3-1-.02 Procedure For Release.

(1) Request for review of a student being considered for release along with written justification/documentation should be forwarded to the Chairman of the Student Review Committee fifteen (15) days in advance of the proposed release date. The committee Chairman is the Coordinator of Institutional Services.

(2) The following materials and written information should accompany the request for release review:

(a) Academic achievements which should include pre and post-testing along with educational recommendations from teacher or principal. (If student has not been involved in academic training, this should be noted.)

(b) Vocational achievement and recommendation if student has been placed in this training area.

(c) Behavioral changes which reflect student's adjustment in respective program. Data should report both positive and negative response to program assignments including passes, off-campus trips, number of fines, restrictions, conduct reports, AWOL'S, relationship to peers and staff.

(d) A summary of facility action taken to implement D & E recommendations.

(e) Aftercare arrangements or plans for student upon release. Documentation of employment, home placement or living arrangements, school enrollment, etc., should be stated if known.

(3) Upon receipt of the written justification by the Committee Chairman, a release hearing date will be established to review the request and to discuss all factors relating to the release. Release hearings will be held at Mt. Meigs Campus on the first and third Fridays of each month and in Birmingham on the second and fourth Fridays of each month.

(4) Staff members involved in the treatment of students may be called to appear and answer any questions or to present appropriate information. The facility Superintendent or his designee serves as the voting member of the Committee on institutional releases. The Regional Coordinator will serve as a voting member for the releases from group homes in his/ her region.

(5) When the release of a student is approved by the Committee and a date for release is established, a petition for release/aftercare or discharge will be sent to the committing court. This document must precede the exit of the student from the facility.

(6) If within thirty (30) days after release for aftercare supervision, the Department has not received back from the court the order for release/aftercare, the Chairman of the Student Review Committee will request that the appropriate Regional Coordinator contact the probation officer regarding the order. If unsuccessful in obtaining an aftercare order, a request will be made to the Director for discharge.

(7) A "Discharge Card" (DYS Form 59b) shall be submitted to the Planning, Research and Development Division for each student released each month. These cards should be sent to PRD at the Central Office by the 5th of each month for the prior month.

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950-3-1-.03 Statutory Authority. Title 44, Code of Ala. 1975, Section 44-1-36, subsection (d).

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950-3-1-.04 Effective Date. The revised Student Release Policy and Procedure was effective May 10, 1982.

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