This bill amends RCW 13.40.510 by including referred and diverted youth when establishing program guidelines, and defines “referred” youth as a youth who:
- Was contacted by a law enforcement officer who has probable cause to believe he/she has committed a crime;
- Was referred to a program that allows youth to enter before being diverted or charged with a juvenile offense; and
- Would have been diverted or charged with a juvenile offense if they were not referred to a program
SB 5429 also requires for DCYF to provide an annual report to legislature by December 1st on a county by county description of the youth served by the programs funded.
Finally, DCYF would be expected to implement a stop loss policy when allocating funding , which may not result in funding losses over 2% annually, and to provide a report by December 1st, 2019, on how funding is used for referred youth and the overall impact of funding use.