Contact Person: Leola L. McKenzie, Juvenile Court Programs Director
Contact Address: Office of the State Court Administrator Oregon Judicial Department 1163 State Street Salem, Oregon 97301
Contact Phone: 503-986-5942
Founded In: 01-Jul-99
Funding: CAPTA funds. Contracts with community child abuse assessment centers for local support and coordination of panels
Brief Description: The OregonJudicial Department has 67 Citizen Review Boards (CRB) across the state. On 12/05/2012 there were 276 active volunteer board members serving on one or more boards. As of September 2012, the Department of Human Services entered into an agreement with the CRB to transfer to the CRB the responsibility for ensuring compliance with CAPTA grant requirements that the State maintain a minimum of three citizen review panels. The CRB established three county-wide CRB P a ne ls in Deschutes, Lane, and Lincoln counties. The volunteer board members from each board in Deschutes and Lincoln counties come together as the CRB Panels in those counties. For Lane County, one or two volunteer board members from each of the eight local boards volunteered to serve as the CRB Panels for Lane County. A part-time (.2 FTE) statewide CRB Panel Coordinator works with the local CRB staff and volunteer board members in each of the three panel counties to support and coordinate the CRB Panel specific activities (i.e. quarterly CRB Panel meetings, local meetings with stakeholder groups, data gathering and analysis, public forum coordination, and report drafting).
Sample of Current Work Projects/Focus:
In 2012, on a statewide basis the CRB reviewed the case plans of 5,782 children who were in substitute care to ensure that their placements and services were appropriate and timely. In this same time period, for the CRB Panel counties, Lincoln County reviewed the cases of 125 children, Deschutes 158, and Lane 1,065. Nearly 6,000 interested parties attended and participated in CRB case reviews in the three CRB Panel counties.
CRB staff r e c ruited and trained new volunteer board members to participate in CRB reviews and CRB Panel activities to ensure that our panels are a broad representation of the community and that expertise in pre vention, intervention and treatment of child abuse and neglect is represented.
The CRB Panels contributed to the creation of a statewide system issues survey that they completed at each review day for every case reviewed to identify the most prevalent local systems issues.
The CRB Panels examined and gathered data on how well the local child welfare agency implements child welfare policies, procedures, and practices.
The CRB Panels shared prevalent local issues and gathered information from local child welfare staff related to the issues.
The CRB Panels provided an opportunity for public outreach and comment on the CRB Panel findings and recommendations.
Web Site: http://courts.oregon.gov/CRB
Budget Amount and Source: The Department of Human Services provides the CRB with $36,000/year from the CAPTA grant funds to support CRB activities related to the CAPTA grant citizen review panels requirements.