Rep. Dermody's bill on juvenile services reimbursements heads to Senate
STATEHOUSE - A bill authored by State Rep. Tom Dermody (R-LaPorte) dealing with parental reimbursement for juvenile services passed in the House this week.
House Bill 1316 allows a juvenile court to order the parent or legal guardian of a child to reimburse the Department of Correction (DOC) for costs incurred by the child being admitted to the DOC. The parent or legal guardian may also be required to reimburse the county for any expenses made to place the child into a service. The bill also sets up the Division of Youth Services Transitional Services Fund within the DOC to provide transitional services for juvenile offenders.
"HB 1316 helps the DOC by establishing the youth transitional services department and allowing courts to rule that a juvenile's parents or legal guardians must reimburse the DOC for their services," said Rep. Dermody. "The DOC has a substantial financial burden, so any efficiency and financial relief we can provide them with is great for them, for the state and for Hoosier taxpayers."
HB 1316 passed in the House by a vote of 69-26 and now goes to the Senate for further consideration.