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Dept. of Youth Services Administration

4200-0010

funding levels adjusted for inflation (CPI)

  • Funding History
  • Description
  • Proposals
Adjusted for inflation (CPI) NOT adjusted
FY18 $4,244,705 $4,244,705
FY17 $4,473,249 $4,375,287
FY16 $4,618,188 $4,434,660
FY15 $4,381,173 $4,179,008
FY14 $4,311,007 $4,082,818
FY13 $4,181,528 $3,899,575
FY12 $4,515,667 $4,141,463
FY11 $4,780,371 $4,259,148
FY10 $5,255,385 $4,591,290
FY09 $6,337,410 $5,482,621
FY08 $6,501,256 $5,546,687
FY07 $6,632,450 $5,456,208
FY06 $5,975,910 $4,791,575
FY05 $5,858,451 $4,526,404
FY04 $5,968,344 $4,476,803
FY03 $6,610,222 $4,851,260
FY02 $7,782,779 $5,588,685
FY01 $7,913,894 $5,583,958
  • See Changes in Funding
Between and
Funding for Dept. of Youth Services Administration
34.7%

comparisons adjusted for inflation (CPI)

Notes

  • Use caution comparing funding for this line item FY09-FY10. In FY10, funding for information technology was taken out of this line item and shifted to a centralized information technology account. The exact amount of this accounting change is not available.

The Department of Youth Services (DYS) is charged with the detention, custody, diagnosis, care, and training of delinquent juvenile offenders. The Department has a dual mandate of rehabilitation and public safety providing delinquency prevention and positive opportunities while promoting the acquisition of pro-social skills.

DYS employs a continuum of care to best meet the needs of youth in custody. Within the first 30–45 days, a comprehensive assessment looks at past offenses and the current situation to determine the most appropriate placement and services needed. Placement options include locked facilities, secure but less prohibitive facilities, community based programs, and placement with foster or biological families. Youth unsuccessful in a community based program can be subject to revocation – which is the process of returning youth to residential programming.

Many types of services are also provided to youth including clinical, medical and health, substance abuse, violence prevention, and others. Specific areas of counseling are offered in the following areas: anger management, substance abuse, behavior therapy, pro-social skill groups, teen dating violence prevention, employment readiness and parenting skills. DYS collaborates with youth, families, communities, government and other provider agencies to provide effective treatment and skill development services to youth in DYS custody. DYS has adopted a Positive Youth Development (PYD) framework to prevent juvenile crime by building youth capacity. The PYD framework outlines the supports young people need in order to be successful and focuses on youths’ strengths instead of their risk factors. The five key supports identified by PYD are 1) caring adults, 2) safe places, 3) a healthy start and healthy development, 4) an effective education, and 5) opportunities to help others through service.

DYS also runs a victim services unit which works with the victims of juvenile crime to address their needs, provide support and information about the process, and to provide assistance accessing referrals. The unit informs victims of their rights and also notifies victims of a change in status. Victims are notified if the offender is released, transferred, escapes custody or a number of other status changes which affects the case. DYS works closely with county District Attorney Offices, the Department of Corrections, Sheriffs Department and other agencies in order to be sensitive and responsive to victim's concerns.

From 2001 to the beginning of 2013, the population of committed juveniles in Massachusetts dropped from 3,261 to 836. That drop continued through 2013 with only 717 juveniles committed on January 1, 2014.

Adjusted for inflation (CPI) NOT adjusted
FY18 GAA $4,244,705 $4,244,705
FY18 Leg $4,244,705 $4,244,705
FY18 Sen $4,438,985 $4,438,985
FY18 SWM $4,438,985 $4,438,985
FY18 Hou $4,375,985 $4,375,985
FY18 HWM $4,375,985 $4,375,985
FY18 Gov $4,438,985 $4,438,985
FY17 $4,473,249 $4,375,287

Notes

  • Use caution comparing funding for this line item FY09-FY10. In FY10, funding for information technology was taken out of this line item and shifted to a centralized information technology account. The exact amount of this accounting change is not available.