Citations Affected: None (noncode).
Synopsis: Volunteer advocates pilot program. Requires the office of
the secretary of family and social services to choose nine counties to
develop a pilot program to recruit and train volunteers to serve as
advocates for individuals with developmental disabilities who are
involved in or at risk of becoming involved in the Indiana criminal
justice system as suspects or defendants or who are otherwise
endangered and have no parent or legal guardian. Requires the office
to contract with a private individual or organization to provide training
to the counties chosen to participate. Appropriates $650,000 beginning
July 1, 2001, and ending June 30, 2002, and $650,000 beginning July
1, 2002, and ending June 30, 2003, to implement the program. (The
introduced version of this bill was prepared by the Indiana commission
on mental retardation and developmental disabilities.)
Effective: July 1, 2001.
January 18, 2001, read first time and referred to Committee on Health and Provider
A BILL FOR AN ACT concerning human services and to make an
SECTION 1. [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2001] (a) As used in this
SECTION, "endangered individual" means an individual who:
(1) has been diagnosed with a developmental disability (as defined in IC 12-7-2-61); and
(A) involved in the Indiana criminal justice system as a suspect or defendant;
(B) at risk of becoming involved in the Indiana criminal justice system as a suspect or defendant; or
(C) otherwise endangered and without a parent or legal guardian.
(b) As used in this SECTION, "office" refers to the office of the secretary of family and social services established by IC 12-8-1-1.
(c) The office shall accept applications from counties that wish to establish a program to recruit and train volunteers to serve as advocates for endangered individuals.
(d) The office shall select nine (9) counties from the applicants
under subsection (c) to receive grants from the office to establish
a volunteer advocate program as described in this SECTION. The
counties selected for these grants must be from various regions of
(e) The office shall contract with a private individual or organization to provide training to the counties selected under subsection (d) concerning establishing a volunteer advocate program.
(f) A county program established under this SECTION must involve the participation of:
(1) the local court system;
(2) local law enforcement agencies;
(3) advocates for individuals with developmental disabilities; and
(4) individuals and organizations that provide services to individuals with developmental disabilities.
(g) A county that participates in a program established under this SECTION shall assist in providing training to any county that may establish a similar program in the future.
(h) There is appropriated to the office from the state general fund:
(1) six hundred fifty thousand dollars ($650,000) beginning July 1, 2001, and ending June 30, 2002; and
(2) six hundred fifty thousand dollars ($650,000) beginning July 1, 2002, and ending June 30, 2003;
to implement this SECTION.
(i) The money appropriated by this SECTION:
(1) is in addition to any other funds appropriated to the office; and
(2) does not revert to the state general fund at the close of any state fiscal year but remains available to the office until the purpose for which it was appropriated is fulfilled.
(j) This SECTION expires July 1, 2003.