[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Mount Pleasant 11-10-2015 by L.L. No. 3-2015. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Town of Mount Pleasant has nonsecure residential treatment facilities and residential treatment centers as defined by state law and herein within its boundaries. Youths are placed in the care of these facilities for comprehensive treatment, specialized education, supervised living, support and safety. In an effort to achieve these goals, it is imperative that the youths remain in program at these facilities. To that end, sufficient supervision of these youths is necessary to ensure their safety and the safety of persons within the borders of the Town of Mount Pleasant.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Absent without official leave; a youth placed at a facility that leaves campus without proper permission from the facility personnel or without supervision.
- The geographic boundaries of the facility.
- A nonsecure residential treatment facility/center within the Town of Mount Pleasant, licensed and monitored by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services with respect to residential treatment centers (RTC) and the New York State Office of Mental Health with respect to residential treatment facilities (RTF). The facility provides a nonsecure level of placement for youth referred by the New York State Department of Social Services, Administration for Children's Services of New York City (ACS), New York State Office of Mental Health, local County Committee on Special Education, or other authorized agency. Services provided include education, employment training, recreation, counseling, and medical and mental health services.
- NEW YORK STATE FAMILY COURT ACT
- A New York State law regarding domestic issues, including abuse and neglect, juvenile delinquency, and child custody. The Family Court Act, under § 718, authorizes police officers to apprehend, restrain and return runaways and/or AWOL children back to the custody of the authorized agency/facility where the youth is placed.
- Supervision of a youth is conducted by staff of the relevant facility and means actually supervising in close proximity a youth's off-campus activity. Supervision does not include simply following a youth off campus by vehicle.
- Any person under the age of 21 years old in placement at a residential treatment agency or special act school.
No youth that has been placed at a facility by the State of New York or any subdivision of the state or agency of the state or the City of New York shall be unsupervised by staff of the facility while off campus. Failure of the staff of a facility to supervise youth as contemplated by this chapter shall constitute a violation of this chapter.
A facility that fails to supervise youth in violation of this chapter shall be subject to a fine of $250 for each occurrence.