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SB116 – Juvenile Law – Committed Facilities – Repeal of Termination
Repeals the termination of specified provisions of law authorizing the Department of Juvenile Services to transfer a child committed to residential placement from a specified facility to another facility under specified circumstances
Why this bill is important: Advocates for Children and Youth supports this bill as the Central Review Committee has proven that there is a decrease in the time for an adjudicated delinquent youth to wait for their commitment to start and lowers the number of youth not in treatment.
Update: PASSED. Note: Bill only extended the sunset date and did not repeal the sunset provision.

SB122 – Juvenile Law – Detention – Community Detention Violation Hearings
Requires an intake officer who authorized detention of a child for a violation of community detention to immediately file a petition to authorize continued detention; requiring that a hearing on a specified petition be held no later than the next court day unless extended under specified circumstances; and requiring notice of the hearing be given to specified persons
Why this bill is important: Advocates for Children and Youth supports this bill as it creates a statewide standard that already reflects practices in jurisdictions like Baltimore City. It will make sure that youth are not left hanging because DJS is slow to file.
Update: PASSED.