Eliminates the use of detention for violation of a truancy-related court order as stated in RCW 28A.225.090, while providing more opportunities for truant youth to access services and treatments that are consistent with best practice models for reengagement with schools.
HB 1106 specifies these services and treatments to include:
- Classes and activities to engage children in productive and positive activities.
- Trauma-informed approaches to discipline
- Evidence-based treatments that are effective in supporting at-risk youth and their families, such as family and dialectical behavioral therapy.
- Culturally appropriate practices.
HB 1106 also stipulates that 25% of funds appropriated towards this purpose may be allocated as grant funds for training and 75% of the funds appropriated may be used as grant funds for provision of services and treatment.
This bill would take effect on July 1, 2020.
The entirety of the underlying bill is retained, and the following provisions are added:
- Effective immediately and until July 1, 2020, when detention for truancy-related court orders is eliminated, detention for truancy may not exceed two days (down from 7 days).
- The school code is amended to provide that, if a child continues to fail to comply with a truancy-related court order, the court may order that the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) complete a family assessment and,
- If that assessment indicates that at-risk youth (ARY) services/assistance may facilitate compliance with mandatory attendance laws, recommend that an ARY petition be filed by the parent/ guardian or the DCYF.
- At-risk youth provisions are amended to permit the DCYF to file an ARY petition and take other actions.
These new ARY and DCYF provisions are effective on July 1, 2020, simultaneous with the effective date of the provisions eliminating the use of detention for violation of a truancy-related court order.