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Community truancy boardsEffect of diversion from truancy petitionsEvaluation by Washington state institute for public policyReports.

(1) By requiring an initial stay of truancy petitions for diversion to community truancy boards, the legislature intends to achieve the following outcomes:
(a) Increased access to community truancy boards and other truancy early intervention programs for parents and children throughout the state;
(b) Increased quantity and quality of truancy intervention and prevention efforts in the community;
(c) A reduction in the number of truancy petitions that result in further proceedings by juvenile courts, other than dismissal of the petition, after the initial stay and diversion to a community truancy board;
(d) A reduction in the number of truancy petitions that result in a civil contempt proceeding or detention order; and
(e) Increased school attendance.
(2) No later than January 1, 2021, the Washington state institute for public policy is directed to evaluate the effectiveness of chapter 205, Laws of 2016. An initial report scoping of the methodology to be used to review chapter 205, Laws of 2016 shall be submitted to the fiscal committees of the legislature by January 1, 2018. The initial report must identify any data gaps that could hinder the ability of the institute to conduct its review.

NOTES:

Reviser's note: 2016 c 205 § 17 directed that this section be added to chapter 43.330 RCW. This section has been codified in chapter 28A.225 RCW, which relates more directly to truancy petitions.
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