(a) A Bureau shall be responsible to the
chief elected official of the municipality or of the sponsoring municipality if
the Bureau serves more than one municipality or his duly authorized
A Bureau shall
have an Advisory Board of no less than seven members, who shall be appointed by
and responsible to the chief elected official of the municipality or his duly
authorized designee or as otherwise provided in the municipal charter. This
Board shall advise and make recommendations on overall policy and program
direction for the Bureau.
(1) The Advisory
Board shall be comprised of representatives from public agencies with statutory
responsibility for youth and private sector organizations representing
community social institutions. These representatives shall include at least one
member who is under 21 years of age at the time of appointment, one member who
is a representative of the school system, one member who is a representative of
the police department, and one member who is a representative of a private
youth serving agency. The youth and police representatives may be liaison,
non-voting members of the Board if such representatives are not electors in the
town. At least one-third of the total membership shall be individuals who are
interested in youth services and who receive less than fifty percent of their
income by delivering services to youth.
(2) The Advisory Board of a Bureau involving
two or more municipalities shall have at least one duly appointed
representative from each municipality.
(3) Upon the request of the chief elected
official of the municipality, the Department may waive the size and composition
requirements for an Advisory Board if the composition of the commission is
established by a municipal charter or, in the case of a private agency
designated to act as the youth service bureau, if the board of directors
established by the by-laws of agency provides comparable citizen
representation. Additionally, the Department may waive the requirement of the
composition of the Advisory Board when one or more of the agencies mentioned in
subsection (b)(1) of this section do not exist.
A Bureau shall:
Perform all the management functions
necessary to administer the Bureau and all of its programs in accordance with
(2) Conduct research
which will assess the needs of youth and the availability of existing services
and resources capable of meeting those needs.
(3) Conduct a resource development program to
improve services, fill service delivery gaps and create or encourage innovative
approaches and programs to meet assessed youth needs.
(4) Conduct community involvement programs to
promote public knowledge and understanding of youth problems and needs, and
foster positive community change.
(5) Advocate for and assist individual youth
in obtaining and utilizing available human resources.
(6) Advocate on behalf of groups of youth
with unmet needs.
Bureau shall be responsible for the development and maintenance, either
directly, or contractually or by referral, of services that respond to:
(1) Youth who are, or who potentially could
be, in contact with the justice system.
(2) Youth who are without the support or
protective environment necessary for normal development.
(3) Youth who manifest behavior which is
potentially detrimental to themselves.
(4) The primary prevention needs in the
Bureau shall state in writing its purposes, programs and services offered in a
form suitable for distribution to youth and their families, referral sources,
funding sources, and the public. Programs and services shall bear a direct
relationship to the stated purposes of the Bureau, shall be based upon
identified needs in the community, and shall have the potential to divert youth
from the justice system, promote positive youth development and provide
opportunities for youth to function as responsible members of the
(f) Each Bureau shall
ensure that all services are noncoercive and that the confidentiality of the
records of individuals receiving services is maintained.
(g) Each Bureau shall develop and maintain,
in a manner satisfactory to the Department, the data necessary to determine and
evaluate the impact of its administrative and services delivery programs. Each
Bureau shall provide reports and information as may be specified in the
application for funding or required by the Department from time to