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PINS - Persons In Need of Supervision

Contact Information

Leslie Barnes
Assistant Probation Administrator

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Monroe County Department of Probation Community Corrections

13 North Fitzhugh Street
Rochester, NY  14614
Phone: 585 753-0000
Fax: 585 753-0000
Pager: 529 529-1822


Kathy Cardilli
Administrative Caseworker

Monroe County Department of Human Services

691 St. Paul Street
Rochester, NY   14605
Phone: 585 753-2639 (Information Line)
 

The current system for serving PINS (Persons in Need of Supervision) and their families is costly, relies too much on out-of-home placements in both non-secure detention and OCFS licensed residential facilities, does not allow for immediate access to services, does not sufficiently involve families in the process of problem-solving, and does not serve young people who need support and structure well. Four factors have pushed the issue of redesigning the PINS service system to the top of the agenda.

  • The number of youth entering the PINS system and the number of PINS youth placed in residential care in Monroe County has continued to increase over the past 10 years and remains higher than comparable counties despite a full array of services.
  • In 2001, the PINS age was raised from 16 to 18 thereby increasing the number of PINS referrals.
  • Research demonstrates that children and families served through the PINS system often have significant unmet mental health needs.
  • New legislation passed as part of the 2005-06 State Budget and effective April 1, 2005 mandates immediate changes and enhancements to the PINS system. The legislation requires: immediate access to services; increase family involvement; more efforts to divert youth before they are referred to Family Court; and reduced use of detention.

County Executive Maggie Brooks appointed a planning group in June 2004 to begin to address these issues and develop a plan that would offer a more effective, efficient, and cost effective PINS service system for Monroe County. With the assistance of the Vera Institute of Justice, the planning group reviewed national models and successful programs throughout New York State. Ongoing planning over the last year and a half, has resulted in a proposal for a new system of PINS services that are conservatively estimated to save the County 1.4 million dollars the first full year of operation and that integrate best practices methodology. Key elements of the model include:

  • Create a County operated Family Access and Connection Team (FACT) to serve as the centralized entry point which offers immediate response, effective triage, family assessment, short-term care coordination and linkage to supports and services for families experiencing significant behavioral and emotional challenges with their children without court intervention.
  • Create a runaway response model that partners with families to locate their youth who have run away and offers community-based interventions which assure safety, assesses the youth and family’s needs and reunifies the family as quickly as possible.
  • Create and implement a PINS truancy protocol in collaboration with Monroe County school districts
  • Create a mandatory family orientation/educational seminar for all parents and youth before a youth will be referred to the Probation Intake Team.
  • Develop and enhance the array of community-based interventions and alternatives to non-secure detention and out-of-home placement including juvenile tracking, short-term respite, intensive supervision, Juvenile Reporting Center and electronic monitoring.
  • Require that community-based alternatives continue to be used once a petition has been filed and that community-based dispositions are tried and exhausted prior to seeking out-of-home placement.

Monroe County Office of Probation and Community Corrections was designated by County Executive Maggie Brooks to be the lead agency to oversee PINS Re-Design. Current efforts being undertaken to move from the design phase to implementation of the new PINS system by January 2007.

PINS Documents

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