Is there is a statute specifically applicable to JRB's in Connecticut or do JRB's come under the umbrella of YSB's.There is no specific state statute that creates or governs juvenile review boards and many have worked hard to keep it that way.
While it would be nice to receive some financial support from the state government, the last thing JRBs want to see is the State Legislature dictating to the communities how a JRB should be established or operated. One of the features of a JRB is that it is created by a community and operated in a way that benefits that specific community. Although the general YSB model of a JRB is the preferred model, what would work in Hartford would not necessarily work in Shelton. JRBs are not a "one size fits all" type of program.
The only real reference to the JRB concept is found in CGS section 10-19m(b) that states:
"A youth service bureau established pursuant to subsection (a) of this section may provide, but shall not be limited to the delivery of, the following services: (1) Individual and group counseling; (2) parent training and family therapy; (3) work placement and employment counseling; (4) alternative and special educational opportunities; (5) recreational and youth enrichment programs; (6) outreach programs to insure participation and planning by the entire community for the development of regional and community-based youth services; (7) preventive programs, including youth pregnancy, youth suicide, violence, alcohol and drug prevention; and (8) programs that develop positive youth involvement. Such services shall be designed to meet the needs of youths by the diversion of troubled youths from the justice system as well as by the provision of opportunities for all youths to function as responsible members of their communities." Beyond that, the phrase "juvenile review board" is not even found in our statutes at this point.
In 2012, section 34 of Public Act 12-133 was enacted that amended the juvenile confidentiality statute to authorize the sharing of juvenile information with agencies involved in the “delivery of court diversionary programs” including, but not limited to “community-based youth service bureau officials.” This change was made to permit the court to make referrals to the JRBs that were part of a pilot project that had the court making referrals to the JRB when the court determined the case should be diverted rather than handled by the court. The change further illustrates the recognition of the value of the JRBs by the Legislature and the juvenile court.
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