- Uses for coordination
- Does not use for coordination
Facilitated through the use of statewide information systems allowing for consistent data sharing between systems.
Committees or advisory groups
Multidisciplinary groups that often have regularly scheduled meetings to brainstorm ways to improve systems integration.
Formal interagency MOUs
Collaborative agreements to guide systems integration efforts
Informal interagency agreements
Commonly based on historical practice, mutual trust, and recognition of the need to collaborate in order to serve dual-status youth.
Statute and/or rules
Rules that mandate systems integration efforts
The Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) administers child protection services in Louisiana. DCFS is a state administered system, with child welfare offices in each Parish. In addition to children's services, DCFS also includes broader welfare/human services functions, including child support enforcement and early childhood development. Juvenile justice services are administered by a combination of state and local agencies. Specifically, five urban jurisdictions fund and administer local juvenile services departments and the remainder of the state parishes are covered by the Department of Public Safety and Corrections, Office of Juvenile Justice (OJJ).
A state statute enacted in 2013 requires the Deputy Secretary of OJJ to develop a plan for integrated case management services under the 'Improved Outcomes for At-Risk Youth Act'. Thus Louisiana is actively considering policies for improving systems integration for youth with dual status in delinquency and child welfare systems as well as those receiving services from additional agencies, particularly those receiving or in need of mental health services. Prior to the act, any coordination that occurred was on a local basis and largely informal between either state or locally administered juvenile probation counselors contacting state DCFS social workers (or DCFS contacting probation) when a dual status issue is raised by their clients.