Bill to expand Youth Assistance Program signed into law

April 18, 2019 – A bill authored by State Sen. Victoria Spartz (R-Noblesville) that would help assist Indiana’s at-risk youth and families with wrap-around services was signed into law by Governor Eric Holcomb.

Senate Enrolled Act 596 allows the Indiana Supreme Court to create a two-year pilot program to assist juvenile court judges in five Indiana counties by providing voluntary preventative programs for at-risk children.

“Helping young Hoosiers succeed is one of my top priorities as a legislator, as today’s children are tomorrow’s adults,” Spartz said. “SB 596 is a step forward in making sure our children who are struggling stay on the correct path now and in the future, so we can turn the corner on some juvenile challenges. I appreciate Chief Justice Loretta Rush’s and Judge Steve Nation’s leadership on this issue!”

The bill would also require the Supreme Court Office of Judicial Administration to report to the Legislative Council specific information regarding the pilot program.

SEA 596 is sponsored by State Reps. Donna Schaibley (R-Carmel), Tony Cook (R-Cicero), Chuck Goodrich (R-Noblesville), and Edward DeLaney (D-Indianapolis) in the House.