Volunteers of America gave their first quarter report to the Johnson County Commissioners at their last meeting, saying numbers of juveniles in the program had dropped early in the year but has since come back up to “normal” numbers.
Director Scott Duncan also said he has been collecting data for a “Trends Report” that he will be presenting to the commissioners in June once it is completed. The study will give trends in the program over the last five years.
The True Thought Program has recently completed its second session, and Duncan explains how the program works.
Next was a discussion on the 2013-14 contract for VOA to provide juvenile services for the county.
The first contract, for juvenile probation and diversion services while the second was for 48-hour hold, or “bed days” at Milestone Youth Home. The contract for the bed days did not change,staying at 50 bed days provided to the county at the same reduced rate of $99 per night.
The Juvenile probation and diversion services contract had a proposed a 9% increase this year from VOA, which they thought fair based on them having little to no increase in cost to the county in the last five years.
The commissioners approved the new contract with the increase in costs for a total contract amount of $78,644.