Report 2015-115 Recommendation 17 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 #17 To: Alameda County

To identify their population of dually involved youth, Alameda County's CWS and probation agencies should provide guidance or training to staff on recording joint assessment hearing information consistently within the designated system.

Agency Response*

When the "New System" database is complete Alameda County Department of Children and Family Services will provide training and guidance to their staff to insure all fields regarding joint assessment hearings will be adequately input.

  • Response Type†: Annual Follow Up
  • Estimated Completion Date: TBD by CDSS
  • Response Date: November 2017

California State Auditor's Assessment of Status: Pending

Per Alameda County's response, its implementation of this recommendation is currently pending.


Agency Response*

Alameda County stated that it will not provide any responses to the audit.

  • Response Type†: 1-Year
  • Estimated Completion Date:
  • Response Date: April 2017

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

We stand by our recommendation to Alameda County's CWS and probation agencies that they should provide guidance or training to staff on recording joint assessment hearing information consistently within the designated system. As we noted on page 24 of our report, Alameda County could not accurately identify its population of crossover youth because it did not track the total number of cases with joint assessment hearings or the results of those hearings. As a result, any observations on how frequently the hearings result in youth's formal involvement with the juvenile system might be reflective of errors, rather than differences in the counties' processes. Thus, the State cannot perform a robust comparison between the population of dually involved youth in dual status and nondual status counties.


Agency Response*

Alameda County stated that it will not provide any responses to the audit.

  • Response Type†: 6-Month
  • Estimated Completion Date:
  • Response Date: December 2016

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

We stand by our recommendation to Alameda County's CWS and probation agencies that they should provide guidance or training to staff on recording joint assessment hearing information consistently within the designated system. As we noted on page 24 of our report, Alameda County could not accurately identify its population of crossover youth because it did not track the total number of cases with joint assessment hearings or the results of those hearings. As a result, any observations on how frequently the hearings result in youth's formal involvement with the juvenile system might be reflective of errors, rather than differences in the counties' processes. Thus, the State cannot perform a robust comparison between the population of dually involved youth in dual status and nondual status counties.


Agency Response*

Alameda County stated that it will not provide any responses to the audit.

  • Response Type†: 60-Day
  • Estimated Completion Date:
  • Response Date: May 2016

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

We stand by our recommendation to Alameda County's CWS and probation agencies that they should provide guidance or training to staff on recording joint assessment hearing information consistently within the designated system. As we noted on page 24 of our report, Alameda County could not accurately identify its population of crossover youth because it did not track the total number of cases with joint assessment hearings or the results of those hearings. As a result, any observations on how frequently the hearings result in youth's formal involvement with the juvenile system might be reflective of errors, rather than differences in the counties' processes. Thus, the State cannot perform a robust comparison between the population of dually involved youth in dual status and nondual status counties.


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†Response Type refers to the interval in which the auditee is providing the State Auditor with their status in implementing recommendations made in an audit report. Auditees must submit a response regarding their progress in implementing recommendations from our reports at three intervals from the release of the report: 60 days, six months, and one year or subsequent to one year.

*Agency responses received after June 2013 are posted verbatim.


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