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July 2007
From Director Bob Jester
OYA Director Robert Jester
There is not one, but 51 juvenile justice systems in the United States.  Each system has its own history and set of laws and policies, and delivers services to youth offenders. In Oregon, a vital component of our continuum of services to youth and their familes is the parole and probation officer.  This role is pivotal in coordinating services upon re-entry and providing for safety.
 
July 15-21, 2007, will be observed nationally as Probation, Parole and Community Supervision Week.  The Oregon Youth Authority employs Juvenile Parole/ Probation staff who provide case management for over 1,100 youth across Oregon. 
 
Statewide, adult and juvenile parole and probation officers have been case managing offenders to enable them to be productive citizens in safe communties. These staff have dedicated their lives to assisting crime victims, ensuring the safety of our communities, and holding offenders accountable.
 
JPPOs’ and JPPAs’ work has become multifaceted over the years going beyond supervision and surveillance to case management and service brokers.
 
It has expanded to include the use of effective principles of intervention,  all of this done to ensure our efforts to produce best practices and the highest level of public and youth safety.
 
During this week, please help us honor and recognize the work these professionals do each and every day of the year.

 

Legislative Update
 
The Oregon Legislature ended their session on Thursday, June 28, 2007, at 12:36 p.m.
 
It was the shortest session since 1995, and some are reporting the most productive.  The 74th Legislative session ran 172 days.
 

The  House of Representatives debated the OYA budget on  June 12, 2007.  Representative Nancy Nathanson (D-Eugene) carried our budget bill, and talked about restoration/increase for both facilities and the community, Juvenile Crime Prevention, provider rates, and the re-opening of Oak Creek as a Gender Specific/Evidence Based Program facility for young women.
 
Representative Chip Shields (D-Portland) noted the provider rates increase and the need to keep an eye on this.
 
Representative Olson (R-Albany) talked about Oak Creek, and thanked the legislators who supported the re-opening.
 
Rep. Nathanson cited OYA’s performance measures, which she called “extremely impressive.”  She cited our parole/ probation recidivism rates in comparison to the nation and specifically Washington state measures.  “We are getting excellent results from kids who go through the OYA programs.  So when we look at the performance measures and the results we are getting, we know that our money is being spent well, and that further investments are important and needed.”  She said it is a good budget to restore past practices, and is important to the future to make sure that communities are safer in the long run.
 
Congratulations to our staff for excellent work noted by our legislators.  Our budget is on its way to Governor Kulongoski for signature.
 
More on the OYA youth recidivism in the first edition of Directions, coming July 16, 2007.
 

Oak Creek Girls' Program
The re-opening of the Oak Creek YCF provides OYA and the juvenile justice system an opportunity to engage in services specific to our young women in Oregon.  There are some key elements that have been identified in working with a gender-specific population that the Oregon Youth Authority, working with national experts, will utilize in the development of treatment curriculum and service delivery.
 
If all goes according to schedule, OYA will start housing female offenders at the Oak Creek Youth Correctional Facility in Albany in January 2008.
 
Project planning has already begun with renovations to the facility to begin this fall.  A project manager will be selected to lead several workgroups responsible to identify and develop planning for transition of all aspects of the young women, staff, and the service delivery model.  Approximately 70 people will work at Oak Creek, some of them will likely transfer from other facilities. More information will follow for those staff who have an interest in potential transfer options.

 

From Minority Services
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.  Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19 that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas, with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free.
 
On Saturday, June 23, under the guidance of OYA staff, Funaki Letisi and Christina Puentes, youth at MacLaren shared a musical performance for other youth, families, and the OYA African American Advisory Committee.  Lonnie Jackson welcomed all to the celebration, and special guest, Erlene Huey Wilson shared the history of Juneteenth with the audience.
 
Another special guest in attendance was Renee Ward from State Representative Chip Shields’ office.  Refreshments and a donated meal of greens, macaroni and cheese, chicken, salads, and pies were shared by all. 
 

From Business Services
Assistant Director George Dunford had the privilege of escorting Business Services staff Shawna Hill to the Oregon Youth Challenge Program (OYCP) as she presented the PFC Ryan J. Hill Champion Award.  PFC Hill, only son of Shawna, was lost in action in Iraq.  As a graduate of OYCP, Ryan’s dream of helping others was realized June 13, 2007, when Shawna awarded a scholarship in his name. 
 
Click this link for the full article on Ryan Hill's Youth Challenge Scholarship Award.

In the Field
Recently, Karen Andall, Acting Assistant Director for Field Operations, received a phone call from Mr. Mark Soderburg, a member of the Yamhill County Citizens’ Review Board.  Mr. Soderburg called to extend his strong appreciation for the work Joe Mestethis doing for OYA.  He noted Joe’s strong commitment, understanding and comprehensive knowledge of the youths’ cases that are reviewed by the Yamhill board.  He commented that he “sees [Joe’s] values and actions as being modeled by both of [his] JPPO’s, Rick Whiteand LuAnn Dallison.”  He described Joe as being a good partner and advocate for juvenile justice in Yamhill County.  Congratulations, Joe, Rick, and LuAnn for a job very well done!
 

In Facilities
Assistant Director Brian Florip, announces James Nanson as superintendent of the Eastern Oregon Youth Correctional Facility in Burns.  Nanson joined the staff of MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in 1964 as a Group Life Coordinator.  He worked 33 years there until his retirement as a Program Director in 1997.  Congratulations on the appointment as Superintendent.
 
 
Facility Profile: CampTillamookWork/StudyCenter

CampTillamook is located in the heart of Tillamook County, land of many waters.  Camp Tillamook was started in 1956, with the acquisition of three old barracks buildings at the blimp base in Tillamook. This work/study camp was designed to serve a younger population of delinquent youth.
 

One of the main features of Camp Tillamook is our work experience program.  Camp life offers youth the opportunity to work in the community to help improve work ethics.  One project is the Nestucca Wildlife Refuge where the youth have spent several hundred hours clearing blackberries from the site.  This has also allowed the youth to replant the area with native hardwoods to help with riparian efforts.
 

Some of the community partners that work hand in hand with Camp Tillamook youth are Nestucca Wildlife Refuge, Nestucca Bay Watershed, Local Bureau of Land Management, Tillamook Food Bank, Tillamook County Fair Grounds and other civic entities throughout the county.
 

Youth and family members are proud of the youth’s accomplishments and efforts to beautify the Tillamook riparian regions.  It is not uncommon for the youth and families to check back and view the progress of their efforts.  This tradition will last a lifetime.
 

Other programming consists of cognitive training, skills groups, ART groups provided by a dynamic team of competent staff and a contract treatment provider.  This serves to build and provide a better future for our clients, partners and our communities.

From the Program Office
In  2006, OYA Director Bob Jester identified improving internal and external communication as an agency priority.  Quality Assurance Specialists have been working to improve these goals over the last seven months. Under the direction of Sharon Pette, 25 agency-wide staff have developed recommendations to guide improvements. 
 
Click this link for the complete article on Program Office Quality Assurance.


New OYA Clinical Director
OYA's New Clinical Director, Mary McBride
Philip Cox, Assistant Director for Program Services, announced the appointment of the OYA Clinical Director, Dr. Mary McBride, effective July 2, 2007.
 
Dr. McBride comes to OYA from Clackamas County, where she was assistant director for Quality and Performance Improvement with the Community Health Division.  Dr. McBride has also served as the clinical director of Clackamas Community Health, where she oversaw behavioral health services to adults and children.  She worked a number of years at the Oregon State Hospital, as Director of the Secure Adolescent Unit, Associate Nursing Director for Forensic Hospital Services and Adult Treatment Services.  Mary holds a doctorate in nursing and a master’s degree in child psychiatric nursing and is a licensed psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.
 
“Mary will be an excellent addition to the OYA,” says Cox.  “She is excited about assisting the agency implement assessments and evidence-based interventions, and being a resource and support to facility and field staff in all areas of treatment.”  The next few months will be a whirlwind for Mary as she visits all facilities and gets to know the managers and staff.  Please join me in welcoming Dr. McBride to the OYA team.
Look for . . .
Look for the first edition of OYA Directions on July 16, a publication for sharing information with our partners, staff, and the public.  Intended as a quarterly newsletter, you will find information on the progress in the field of juvenile justice in Oregon
 
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In 2009, Oregon celebrates its 150th anniversary.  For more information on celebration planning, please link to … http://www.oregon150.org/index.html

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