Presentation on theme: "Presented by: Tracy Ellis, General Magistrate, 13th Judicial Circuit"— Presentation transcript:
1 Innovations in Court Response to Children's Mental Health, Medical, Educational and Special Needs Presented by:Tracy Ellis, General Magistrate, 13th Judicial CircuitSelena Schoonover, Court Case Manager, 13th Judicial CircuitDavid Silverstein, Assistant Attorney General, Tampa
2 Independent Living Court Launched in the 13th Judicial Circuit, by the Hon. Herbert Baumann in 2006.Focuses on:Foster Care TeensYouth involved in both the dependency and delinquency systems
3 Independent Living Court The Independent Living Court providesFrequent Status Conferences for case planning and review.Close oversight as the teen approaches 18 years old to ensure the teen receives all services.
4 Independent Living/Mental Health General Magistrate Court Program Launched in December 2008Focuses on:Teens eligible for Independent Living Court and who have mental health issues and/or developmental disabilities
5 Independent Living/Mental Health General Magistrate Court Program The Program provides:Extensive hearings and follow-up to address each teen’s distinct issuesOversight to ensure that each teen is provided with necessary servicesComprehensive plan to transition the teen to life after foster care
6 Independent Living/Mental Health General Magistrate Court Program This Program consists of:Part-Time General MagistrateCase ManagerMental Health Professional
7 Independent Living/Mental Health General Magistrate Court Program Through frequent hearings the GM is able to:Ensure appropriate mental health services before and after the age of 18Monitor psychotropic medicationObtain comprehensive psychiatric and/or psychological evaluationsFollow-up on appropriate APD services
8 Independent Living/Mental Health General Magistrate Court Program Ensure individualized educational plansMonitor medical and dental servicesTrack criminal charges and dispositionAddress appropriate SSI benefitsTransition to post-18 services and placements
9 Independent Living/Mental Health General Magistrate Court Program Follow-up on ILS services where appropriateWork on Guardianship plansAddress all crisis issues
10 Independent Living/Mental Health General Magistrate Court Program There is a need for foster children of all ages, who have developmental disabilities, mental health challenges and other complex problems, to have strict court oversight.
11 2004 National SurveyIn a sample of all children involved in the child welfare system:Nearly 50% exhibited a clinical need for mental health servicesOnly 16% received any mental health specialty services in the 12 months preceding the surveyRemaining 84% received no mental health services
12 2004 National SurveyAmong the children with strong evidence of clinical need, only 12% had received any careYoung children were very unlikely to receive mental health care.
13 Hillsborough County Children’s Board Grant The 13th Judicial Circuit obtained a grant to expand the Program to focus on children who have, or are suspected to have, one of the following pervasive conditions:Developmental disabilityDevelopmental delaysChronic medical conditionMental health disorder
14 Hillsborough County Children’s Board Grant The child must also have at least two of the following contributing risk factors:Under the age of sevenTwo or more of the pervasive conditionsThe victim of sexual abuse or severe physical abuseBaker Acted multiple times
15 Hillsborough County Children’s Board Grant Developmental disability but has been denied services by ADPAdoption disruptionA parent with one of the pervasive conditions aforementionedMultiple placement changes within 6 months
16 Hillsborough County Children’s Board Grant Unmet educational needMedical complicationMental health or behavioral problemsAging out of foster care
17 Department’s Response to Mental Health Court Caseworker"Parent Perspective" – UrgencyAchieve expertise with mental health, APD, and educational services for childrenKnow how to access servicesUnderstand funding alternativesDo not assume what child needs - have professionals make determination
18 Department’s Response to Mental Health Court Caseworker (cont.)Understand evaluationsMake sure child understands process and servicesAdvocate for the child’s right to a stable education
19 Department’s Response to Mental Health Court CLS AttorneyEstablish expertiseMeet with the childAdvocate for the childUnderstand evaluationsEnsure that caseworker is accessing services for childBuild relationship with APD attorney