Jo Ann Numoto
The State Advisory Council on Juvenile Justice is composed of twenty-five (25) members having training, experience, or special knowledge concerning the prevention and treatment of juvenile delinquency or the administration of juvenile justice. The State Advisory Council on Juvenile Justice (SACJJ) is authorized and given direction by W.S. 14-10-101.
Wyoming Children’s Justice Project
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded the Wyoming Supreme Court a court grant in July 1999. The purpose of the grant is to assess and improve the juvenile court system’s process involving Wyoming’s most vulnerable population – abused and neglected children. In October 1999, the Supreme Court appointed an advisory council consisting of judges, attorneys, a representative from the Department of Family Services, a foster care alumna, and other professionals involved in the child protection system.
Planning Team for At risk Children and Families (PTAC)
Wyoming citizens receiving state services often receive those services from multiple agencies. The agencies frequently share responsibilities in providing those services. In 2006, the leadership and management of the Department of Family Services (DFS) and the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH) began monthly discussions on matters confronting both agencies when trying to serve the same clients. The meetings started out rather informal with the main purpose to share information on Departmental programs and problem-solve specific concerns. It became apparent the Wyoming Department of Education (WDE) and a Governor’s office representative were missing stakeholders from the monthly meetings and in the summer of 2008, WDE and Judge Gary Hartman (Ret.) began regular participation. The group assumed the name of the Wyoming Planning Team for At-risk Children, Youth, and Families, creating a charter outlining its operational standards, including devoting one meeting per quarter to issues specifically affecting at-risk children, youth and families. In the spring of 2009, the Department of Corrections (DOC) and the Department of Workforce Services (DWS) joined the PTAC.