Earlier this month we reported that the First District Court of Appeal issued a ruling siding with the counties who argued the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) was improperly shifting a portion of the state’s juvenile detention costs onto the counties for years.  Our best estimates indicate that the ruling will move the counties and State closer to a 50/50 shared partnership in detention care costs.  Historically, the counties have paid upwards of three quarters of the costs of detention.   DJJ is working quickly to revise its billing practices to comply with the Court’s ruling.   To that end, in July all counties will receive a revised FY13-14 Secure Detention Cost Sharing Estimate from the Department based on new day utilization calculations which should result in lower county costs.  Counties that already paid the July bill will receive a credit if the revised estimate is lower.  For the annual reconciliation for FY12-13 ( performed in October), DJJ will also apportion days according to the Court’s ruling, that is, that counties will only be responsible for detention days prior to the final court disposition (sentencing order) and the State will be responsible for all days after the disposition, including days resulting from violations of probation and when a youth is waiting pick-up or placement in a private or state facility.  With the apportionment of days in this manner, we anticipate that the FY12-13 annual reconciliation will result in most counties receiving a credit.  FAC is staying in close contact with DJJ as they work through these changes so we can provide you with the most up to date information.  If you have any questions please contact FAC legislative advocate, Lisa Hurley.