STATE OF WISCONSIN
Department of Health and Family Services
Division of Children and Family Services
              DCFS Memo Series 99-14
              October 28, 1999

     Re: CORRECTIONAL AFTERCARE
          PLACEMENT FOR WISCONSIN
         YOUTH 18 YEARS OF AGE IN
          CCI’S & GROUP FOSTER
           HOMES
           SUPERSEDES 99-02

 

To: Area Administrators/Assistant Area Administrators
Bureau Directors
Child Care Institution Licensees
County Departments of Community Program Directors
County Departments of Developmental Disabilities
     Services Directors
County Departments of Human Services Directors
County Departments of Social Services Directors
DOC/Division of Juvenile Corrections
Group Foster Home Licensees
Licensing Chiefs/Section Chiefs
Tribal Chairpersons/Human Services Facilitators
From: Susan N. Dreyfus
Administrator

Document Summary

 This memo explains the conditions by which a person under Wisconsin extended juvenile court jurisdiction who is 18, 19 or 20 years of age may be allowed placement into a child caring institution or if 18 years of age into a group foster home until reaching age 19.

This memo clarifies DCFS Memo Series 99-02 issued February 3, 1999 and applies only to programs licensed to serve Wisconsin juvenile delinquent/status offender or correctional youth target groups. The memo addresses placement of 18 , 19 or 20 year old individuals under Wisconsin juvenile court jurisdiction into child caring institutions (CCIs) and 18 year old individuals under juvenile court jurisdiction into group foster homes.

This memo continues the department policy relative to placing an 18, 19 or 20 year old individual under Wisconsin juvenile court jurisdiction into a CCI, Type 2 CCI or an 18 year old individual under juvenile court jurisdiction into a group foster home on correctional aftercare placement. These placements may only be made under the following circumstances:

General conditions:

  1. The individual is under a Wisconsin original, extended or serious juvenile offender juvenile delinquency disposition under s. 48.366, 938.34(4h) or 938.355(4)(b), or 938.365, Stats.

  2. Facility admissions of individuals 18, 19 or 20 years of age into CCI’s or individuals 18 years of age into group foster homes will only be approved on a case-by-case basis through the exception request process to the DCFS regional licensing specialist. Bureau of Regulation and Licensing age-span grouping policy of youth in a facility will continue to be a consideration in exception approvals.
  1. Placements into Child Care Institutions (CCIs):

Placement of an individual 18, 19 or 20 years of age into a CCI or Type 2 CCI is allowed to continue through age 20. The CCI must plan for the individual’s discharge prior to his or her 21st birthday.

There can be no more than four individuals 18 years of age or older in residence at a CCI or Type 2 CCI, including the individual placed, unless the facility is also licensed as a Community Based Residential Facility (CBRF).

  1. Placements into Group Foster Homes:

Placement of an 18 year old Wisconsin youth into a group foster home may continue through age 18 up until age 19 as part of a correctional aftercare placement.

The group home must plan for the individual’s discharge prior to his or her 19th birthday. Group foster homes may only accept up to two 18 year old placements at any one time.

Any questions or concerns should be referred as appropriate to your regional licensing chief in the DCFS regional licensing office or to your Division of Juvenile Corrections (DJC) regional supervisor. 

CENTRAL OFFICE CONTACT: Don Dorn
Child Welfare Licensing Program
   Specialist
DCFS/(BRL)
(608) 266-0415
Jim Kramlinger
Regional Chief
Division of Juvenile Corrections
(608) 288-3350
cc Regional DJC Supervisor
Jim Kramlinger, DJC
John Ross, DJC
Shelly Hagan, DJC

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