What definitions does the federal government use to distinguish institutions serving neglected and delinquent juveniles and adults?
The federal government distinguishes such institutions using the following definitions:
- neglected - a public or private residential facility, other than a foster home, operated primarily for the care of children who have been committed or placed in the institution due to abandonment, neglect, or death of their parents.
- delinquent - a public or private institution operated for the care of children who have been adjudicated as delinquent or in need of supervision.
- juvenile and adult corrections institution - state-operated facilities in which persons are confined as a result of a conviction for a criminal offense, including persons under 21 years of age.
What criteria determine which local neglected or delinquent institutions are eligible to receive Title I-D Subpart 2 funding?
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) conducts an annual child count of 5-17 year-old children/youth who reside in a local neglected or delinquent institution for at least one day during the month of October for 30 consecutive days. The count includes students enrolled in a regular program of instruction for not less than 20 hours per week only.
What criteria determine which juvenile and adult correctional institutions are eligible to receive Title I-D Subpart 1 funding?
An eligible institution is a public or private facility that operates for the care of children who are neglected or delinquent. This facility must also provide free public education and a regular program of instruction to the children and youth at the institution. Students within an eligible institution may be eligible for services if they are 21 or younger, entitled to a free public education, and enrolled in a regular program of instruction (20 hours per week in a juvenile correctional institution or 15 hours per week in an adult correctional institution). To receive funds, the eligible institution must be identified within the needs assessment described by the State Agency (Wisconsin Department of Corrections) in its application to serve Title I-D programs.
What requirements must be met when developing the application for a Title I, Part D program?
The application process is basically the same for the Title I, Part D Subpart 1 and Subpart 2 programs.
Service Delivery Plan
A service delivery plan is written after the completion of a comprehensive needs assessment. Key components include providing an abstract describing
- the type of institution and its major purpose,
- the ages of the population,
- measurable goals and objectives,
- priority academic and supportive needs,
- professional development activities to support staff,
- parental involvement connection,
- linkages to the community and businesses, and
- an evaluation and accountability plan.
The service delivery plan must demonstrate coordination with the regular education program as well as supplement it.
Subpart 1 (juvenile and adult corrections facilities) plans must demonstrate that funding has been designated for support of transition services. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and the Wisconsin Department of Corrections share the responsibility of ensuring that not less than 15% or more than 30% of the annual allocation is budgeted for and expended for transition services. The facility must develop strong transition programs that emphasize the importance of thinking "exit-upon-entry" and working toward that goal.
Subpart 2 (residential childcare institutions) plans also must focus on planning and providing for effective transition support in their programs and services; however, the legislation does not require a specific set-aside amount.
Use of Funds
The Title I, Part D funds are to provide supplementary programs and services. The funds may be used to cover staffing and activities that are reasonable and necessary to accomplish program objectives. This includes costs incurred for staffing, materials, and resources; professional development; parental involvement, and transition services.
Applications are due August 31. The program's fiscal year is July 1-June 30. July 1 is the earliest date new fiscal year funds may be expended; June 30 is the last day for submitting a budget revision for the current fiscal year.
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What evaluation and accountability requirements must be met for a Title I, Part D program?
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction will arrange for state monitoring visits with institutions administering Title I, Part D Subpart 1 and Subpart 2 programs, as required under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The on-site reviews are designed to ensure the federally funded programs are operating in accordance with the approved application and are supplementing the regular program of education.
Each Title I, Part D program completes a Program Evaluation Summary, which provides federally required data for the Consolidated State Performance Report and eventually becomes a part of a national data base.
For questions about this information, contact Dan Bomberg (608) 267-9146.