October 25, 2018

October 2018 CJAB Meeting Summary

The Franklin County Criminal Justice Advisory Board (CJAB) met on Thursday October 25th, 2018 at noon in the Jury Assembly Room at the Franklin County Courthouse.

Judge Van Horn called the meeting to order and welcomed the group.  Doug Reasar of the Franklin County Housing Authority attended on behalf of Linda Thomas-Worthy.  Casey Bogner introduced her guest, First Assistant, Shannon Barnett. Glenda Helman introduced the new Grants/CJAB Coordinator, Marisa Shields.

Kathleen McGrath, Chief of Juvenile Probation, and Kristen Hamilton, Juvenile Public Defender, gave a presentation on Juvenile Justice.

Glenda Helman provided the Criminal Justice Advisory Board office report. The Get Back Up project modification request for a no-cost 12 month extension has been approved. Changes have been made to wages/benefits category to add funding to cover the next 12 months as well as funding to cover the cost of the case manager’s RANT (Risk and Need Triage) license. A PCCD Mini-grant of $1,500 was submitted and approved. The Grants Department, Fiscal, Jail and PrimeCare continue to work on the Jail to Community Treatment Program grant.

A successful Reentry simulation was held at the Mont Alto Campus of Penn State. Funds have been requested through PCCD Mini-grant to cover the cost of providing the simulation to up to 80 Franklin County Employees.

Todd Ferretti, the Central PA Region CJAB Specialist, presented the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) Liaison report: The Opioid Misuse Prevention Project is a 5 year federal grant through the PA department of Drugs & Alcohol seeking to provide schools with education to prevent further life opioid use; deadline is 11/15/18. The Forensic Services Conference is in State College on 12/3/18. The 2018 PCCD CJAB Conference will be held at in State College PA on 4/09/19-4/10/19. The JNET Conference and PA Chiefs of Police User Group Meeting is December 13-14th in State College, PA.

James Sourbier, Waynesboro Police Chief, presented the Public Safety report. There is discussion of potential loss of radio access frequency due to legislative bills that have been introduced. The county may have to redesign the entire communication system if this happens, however there has been no movement on this. Commissioner Bob Thomas assured that this has been brought to the attention of federal legislators since this would be a large expenditure for all municipalities and government entities. Chief Sourbier also reported the current protocol for an active shooter and a meeting will occur Friday with Cumberland County to discuss how this protocol looks for Franklin County. He reported an increase in methamphetamine use. Chief Sourbier also commended the Mental Health Co-responder program for its successful impact on the community. Commissioner Thomas reported this project has been noticed by the state due to its success.

The Behavioral Health Committee reported a second Mental Health Co-responder program will begin in the Chambersburg area on 11/12/18.

Find minutes from the October 2018 meeting here.

The next meeting of the Franklin County Criminal Justice Advisory Board will be held on Thursday, December 13, 2018 at noon in the Jury Assembly Room at the Franklin County Courthouse.


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