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. Contract with Department of Human Services
Brief Description: The Oregon Judicial Department has 67 Citizen Review Boards (CRBs) across the state. 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 (CRPs). The CRB established three county-wide CRPs in Deschutes, Lane, and Lincoln counties. The volunteer board members from CRBs in Lane, Deschutes, and Lincoln counties, along with stakeholders in each community, come together as the CRPs in those counties. A contracted statewide CRP Coordinator works with the local CRB staff and volunteer board members in each of the three panel counties to support and coordinate the CRP specific activities (i.e. quarterly CRP meetings, local meetings with stakeholder groups, data gathering and analysis, public forum coordination, and report drafting).
Sample of Current Work Projects/Focus:
In 2013, on a statewide basis, the CRB reviewed the case plans of 5,564 children who were in substitute care to ensure that their placements and services were appropriate and timely. In this same time period, for the CRP counties, Lincoln County reviewed the cases of 155 children, Deschutes 186, and Lane 1,033. Thousands of interested parties attended and participated in CRB case reviews in the three CRP counties.
CRB staff recruited and trained new volunteer board members to participate in CRB reviews and CRP activities to ensure that our panels broadly represent the community and that expertise in prevention, intervention, and treatment of child abuse and neglect is represented.
The CRPs met in July, 2013 to select the systemic issues they would explore during the year. The Lane panel focused on parent/child visitation, the Deschutes panel on successfully preparing older children in care for adulthood and DHS workload, and the Lincoln panel on community engagement in the foster care system.
The CRPs reviewed policies, conducted focus groups, hosted stakeholder meetings and community forums and developed recommendations. The CRPs provided an opportunity for public outreach and comment on the CRP recommendations.
Web Site: http://courts.oregon.gov/CRBBudget 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 CRP requirements.