Report 2015-115 Recommendation 16 Responses

Report 2015-115: Dually Involved Youth: The State Cannot Determine the Effectiveness of Efforts to Serve Youth Who Are Involved in Both the Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Systems (Release Date: February 2016)

Recommendation #16 To: Santa Clara County

To identify their population of dually involved youth, Santa Clara County's CWS and probation agencies should designate the data system they will use for tracking the dates and results of joint assessment hearings.

Annual Follow-Up Agency Response From December 2017

There is no one unified system identified by the State to document in the manner that is indicated in the report. CWS has a state-mandated database, and Probation uses a separate database for all cases, except for those cases involving placements, which are contained within the CWS database. In order for jurisdictions to have a required unified database, additional resources and more interoperability between the databases would be necessary.

In the meantime, Santa Clara County has developed expected outcomes and sixty-eight (68) data variables to track that are anticipated to speak to these outcomes. However, Santa Clara County is in the early data collection phase, and sufficient time has not yet elapsed to evaluate all of these expected outcomes.

California State Auditor's Assessment of Annual Follow-Up Status: Will Not Implement

We stand by our recommendation that Santa Clara County's CWS and probation agencies should designate the data system they will use for tracking the dates and results of joint assessment hearings. By formally designating a data system for tracking information on joint assessment hearings, the county could better ensure the correct categorization of its dually involved youth.


1-Year Agency Response

Santa Clara County has declined to provide its 60-day response, 6-month response, and 1-year response to its dual status audit recommendations.

  • Estimated Completion Date:
  • Response Date: May 2017

California State Auditor's Assessment of 1-Year Status: Will Not Implement

Despite our efforts to work with Santa Clara County, it has declined to provide any responses to the audit's recommendations.

We stand by our recommendation that Santa Clara County's CWS and probation agencies should designate the data system they will use for tracking the dates and results of joint assessment hearings. By formally designating a data system for tracking information on joint assessment hearings, the county could better ensure the correct categorization of its dually involved youth.


6-Month Agency Response

Santa Clara County did not provide a 6-month response; however, we look forward to Santa Clara County's 1-year response due on February 25, 2017.

  • Estimated Completion Date: Unknown
  • Response Date: November 2016

California State Auditor's Assessment of 6-Month Status: No Action Taken

Santa Clara County did not provide a 6-month response; however, we look forward to Santa Clara County's 1-year response due on February 25, 2017.


60-Day Agency Response

Santa Clara County requested a 30-day extension for its 60-day response, but it did not provide a response.

  • Estimated Completion Date: Unknown
  • Response Date: June 2016

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: No Action Taken

We look forward to Santa Clara County's 6-month response due on August 25, 2016.


All Recommendations in 2015-115

Agency responses received are posted verbatim.


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