Volunteers of America representatives were at the county commissioner's meeting February 7 to inform them of what they called “sweeping changes” coming to juvenile detention services in the state and asked Johnson County officials for feedback on the services they are providing and what they could improve.
Craig Fisgus, with VOA, explained that possible changes coming to juvenile services in the state were prompted by meetings last year with the Joint Judiciary Committee where a group had suggested changes be made to Title 14 statutes concerning juveniles. The concern, Fisgus said, is that entities involved did not want to have these sweeping changes given to them at once, but to be kept in the loop throughout the discussions to be more prepared if and when the changes are implemented.
That is a seperate issue that VOA is keeping an eye on, but they are now concentrating on services to individual counties, he said.
Johnson County and the VOA will continue dialogue to improve services they provide to the county.