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Juvenile Residential Facilities Advisory Committee

The Juvenile Residential Facilities Advisory Committee was created by Governor Gretchen Whitmer's Executive Order No. 2022-14 to review procedures for juvenile residential facilities and make recommendations to improve the system and better serve Michigan’s youth. The committee, which will be housed in the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), will work across state government to implement evidence-based practices in areas of need, explore solutions to increase juvenile access to behavioral health beds, and ensure kids in Michigan’s juvenile justice system have the resources and opportunities to succeed.  

The Committee must act in an advisory capacity to the governor and must:
1. Review licensing standards for state-run, locally run and privately run juvenile justice facilities and make recommendations to improve evidence based standards for juvenile justice residential placements, regardless of facility or wardship type.
2. Review staff training, service standards, and length-of-stay guidelines for local detention and residential facilities and make recommendations to improve or strengthen each.
3. Review existing case management standards, which could include risk and needs assessments, service delivery, behavioral health treatment, family team meetings, dual ward policies, and reentry planning process and recommend baseline standards to guide long-term post disposition residential placements, regardless of county of wardship.
4. Recommend criteria to measure progress toward evidence-based outcomes, including educational outcomes, for youth placed in residential facilities.

The Committee will dissolve on October 1, 2024, or such other time as the governor directs.

Statute

Executive Order No. 2022-14

Current Members

To apply for the the Juvenile Residential Facilities Advisory Committee, complete the application for appointment here. The Governor's Office is currently accepting applications for the following criteria:

1. Probate court judge who regularly handles juvenile cases
2. Circuit court judge who regularly handles juvenile cases
3. Representative of family court administrators
4. Prosecutor
5. Juvenile defense attorney
6. Representative of county government
7. Representative of a tribal government
8. Representative of a juvenile justice association
9. Representative of the Michigan Committee on Juvenile Justice, or its successor organization
10. Member with expertise in youth mental health
11. Member with expertise in residential behavioral health for youth
12. (2) Representatives of residential facilities
13. Youth-justice advocate
14. Individual who has lived experience in the juvenile justice system, either as a juvenile or parent