An Examination of Iowa's School Liaison Program, 2001

(2001) An Examination of Iowa's School Liaison Program, 2001. Human Rights, Department of


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In the early 1990’s the Chief Juvenile Court Officers (JCOs) and other key players desired to provide services, such as school support, family support, and community support to both juvenile court and at-risk youths within the school setting. With strong support from both Iowa’s Attorney General and Governor the Iowa State Legislature first appropriated funds for school liaisons in 1994. The liaison program is currently funded with 75 percent state dollars appropriated to the Department of Human Services and a minimum of 25 percent match from the local school districts. In some cases the schools do not actually match funds with “school money,” rather they may utilize community money from other sources, such as the local decategorization process. In 1994, the state legislature funded this effort at $400,000. Since that time the amount has grown to more than $3,000,000. In the early years there were just a handful of liaisons working in a few school districts, but by the beginning of the 2000-2001 school year there were 304 schools served by 147 liaisons. The cost per liaison, including salary and benefits, was estimated at approximately $34,324 including both the DHS and school contributions. It was a desire of the Chief JCOs to place the liaisons under the school districts and thus allow them to be independent of the juvenile court. Agreements were developed between the schools and juvenile court regarding employee status, funding, information sharing, and other such issues.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: Crime Prevention, CJJP, Juvenile, Justice, Youth
Subjects: Laws and regulations
Law enforcement and courts > Crime > Crime statistics
Law enforcement and courts > Crime
Law enforcement and courts > Juvenile justice and rehabilitation
ID Code: 1513
Deposited By: Margaret Barr
Deposited On: 01 Sep 2004
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2004