Based on DJJ’s revised county estimated billings for FY13-14, it appears counties may actually owe $40,000,000 LESS than was originally projected.  The revised estimates were calculated after the First District Court of Appeal sided with the counties who argued that DJJ’s billing practices were improperly shifting detention days to counties.  Although we expected the new billing practices to bring the counties and the State closer to a 50/50 partnership for detention costs, the reconciliation actually showed, at least for FY 13-14, that the counties may only be responsible for approximately one third of the total costs of secure detention.  Prior to the Court’s ruling, counties were paying on average about three quarters of the cost of detention.  The big shift in financial responsibility largely comes from youth who are in probation status.  According to the Court’s ruling, all youth on probation status who are in secure detention are the financial responsibility of the State.  Since the revised estimates for FY13-14 were based on actual utilization data from FY12-13 , it is expected that the annual reconciliation for FY12-13  will yield results similar to FY13-14.  DJJ is completing changes to its system to ensure  counties will not be billed for any detention days that arise after the date of the final court disposition order.  The dispute process for any challenged days remains the same.  If you have any questions about the revised estimates or the new billing methodology, please contact FAC advocate, Lisa Hurley.

Documents containing the new revised county estimates for FY 13-14 can be found here and here.