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County adds to juvenile offender board
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A local board that over sees efforts to help juvenile offenders was filled this week when the Barton County Commission approved the reappointment of a Hay mental health professional.
Juvenile Services Director Laurie White explained that Jamie Malone, representing High Plains Mental Health, Hays, had applied for reappointment to the Juvenile Corrections Advisory Board for the 20th Judicial District.
The position she holds had to be filled by a mental health professional, White explained.
According to the information from White, the board “consists of 12 or more members representing law enforcement, prosecution, judiciary, education, corrections, ethnic minorities, social services and the general public. The function of each Juvenile Corrections Advisory Board is to develop a local comprehensive plan to address the concerns that are impacting the youth within the community.
Further, the Juvenile Corrections Advisory Board acts as the oversight committee to ensure that the comprehensive plan remains at peak effectiveness through a process of assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation.”
Earlier this month, the board had approved the reappointment of David Reiser, Gui Burley and Velma Kraft, all of Great Bend, and Gwen Klepper, Ellinwood for the board.