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File #: 15-0351    Version:
Type: Agenda Item Status: Approved
File created: 6/5/2015 In control: Board of Supervisors
On agenda: 7/14/2015 Final action: 7/14/2015
Title: County Counsel recommending the Board approve and authorize the Chair to sign The Family Wellness Court Memorandum of Understanding Between the County of El Dorado, El Dorado County Office of Education and Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians. FUNDING: Each party bears its own previously budgeted expenses.
Attachments: 1. 2A - Memo of Understanding 7-14-15, 2. 2B - EDCOE Letter of Support 7-14-15, 3. 2C - Dept Head Support Letter attached 7-13-15, 4. Executed MOU 7-14-15 item 9.pdf, 5. A - Family Wellness Court Presentation, 6. B - Joint Jurisdictional Court Press Release
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County Counsel recommending the Board approve and authorize the Chair to sign The Family Wellness Court Memorandum of Understanding Between the County of El Dorado, El Dorado County Office of Education and Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians.

FUNDING: Each party bears its own previously budgeted expenses.
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DEPARTMENT RECOMMENDATION

DISCUSSION / BACKGROUND
On March 24, 2015, the Board received a presentation by the Honorable Suzanne N. Kingsbury, Presiding Judge of the El Dorado County Superior Court, and the Honorable Christine Williams, Chief Judge of the Shingle Springs Tribal Court, about the creation of a joint collaborative court called The Family Wellness Court. The Family Wellness Court is the first of its kind in California and the first joint jurisdiction court in the nation to target Native youth. The Family Wellness Court is the result of a multidisciplinary collaboration where tribal, county, community and education partners came together to develop and implement a new court model to address the needs of Native youth and their families. The new Court will target Native youth and transitional youth up to the age of 24 who are either currently engaged in local, state, or tribal court proceedings or who are at risk of becoming engaged with the local, state, or tribal court. The stated mission of the Court is to empower youth and families to create positive changes. The Court will accomplish this mission by engaging Native youth and their families in prevention services, as well as intervention, through a family focused program guided by the Medicine Wheel teachings and the Ten Wraparound Principles of the National Wraparound Initiative. The Court's inaugural session occurred on April 8, 2015 with successful participation by local education partners. The Family Wellness Court holds hearings twice monthly.

ALTERNATIVES
There is no existing alternative to The Family Wellness Court, which is the first of its kind in California and t...

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