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New Push To Allow Juvenile Competency Hearings

Sep 30, 2014
mental health
Kaiser Health News / Wikipedia Commons

The Tulsa County boy’s relationship with family was one of instability, impoverishment and abuse.

Psychologists would later determine that he was mentally ill and very immature, even for 12 years of age. But his alleged crime was serious – felony assault with a dangerous weapon on a family member who had abused him.

The Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs
Office of Juvenile Affairs

The Oklahoma Board of Juvenile Affairs heard about the dire state of its budget during its monthly meeting Friday. Executive Director Keith Wilson told the board that "this next budget year will be nip and tuck" and that a "substantial increase in the budget for 2016" will be necessary.

"At this point in time we are operating 15.5 percent below where we were operating with the initial budget in 2010," said Wilson. "We have to cut approximately $3 million, just shy of it, out of the budget this year. That's something over $5 million that it left us to fund."

Some consolation was found in the fact that the revolving funds of "somewhere between $2.25 and $2.5 million" remained intact for the agency. That money will be solely used to operate Southern Plains Treatment Services, but there will be "very little left in those funds by the end of the fiscal year." Though the money will save the treatment center from closing, it must now be staffed less due to the cut.