The 2011 appropriation for SUD services provided another opportunity to maximize the benefits of the partnership between the counties, courts and IDJC. Without the willing and enthusiastic involvement of county juvenile justice systems, and also of the courts at the center of those systems, implementation of SUD services for the juvenile justice population in Idaho could not have proceeded with the same level of foresight and vision for building a system of care.
IDJC partnered with Idaho counties and courts to dedicate those SUD funds appropriated to IDJC to serve justice-involved youths with SUD needs in the community.
From IDJC's perspective, this is beneficial because more juveniles are receiving meaningful SUD services in the community before commitment to IDJC becomes a consideration.
Tracking and reporting on the expenditure of state SUD funds appropriated to IDJC has been important--particularly because the state legislature took the step to link specific funding to the juvenile justice population.
At that time, the Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections (IDJC) was just starting its quality improvement initiative.
The QI effort in IDJC began with two areas of caution immediately apparent.
These prior efforts became part of the IDJC quality improvement initiative.
This project was one of those identified by the IDJC management team.
It has remained important to clearly define the QI mission for the department and to keep the focus on the involvement of staff from every IDJC unit.
What works principles have been firmly established as foundations for all IDJC programs, and virtually all state and contracted programs have consolidated their approaches to treatment into a more consistent and coordinated effort.
The standardized contract compliance review tools developed have been effectively used to keep IDJC's management team aware of the status of contract implementation and of issues related to each contract.