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Coordinating Council on Children and Families


There is hereby created, the Erie county community coordinating council on children and families, hereafter called council. The council shall:

  1. Develop a methodology to evaluate, monitor and ascertain the effectiveness of current programs in children's services.
  2. Identify problems and deficiencies in existing services and recommend corrective action.
  3. Improve coordination of program and fiscal resources within the children's services system.
  4. Act as a liaison between county governmental units, public voluntary programs and the state and federal government, fostering better communication between all involved.
  5. Review and resolve administrative, and where appropriate, regulatory differences between agencies.
  6. Develop long range plans to improve services to children and families. This should be accomplished through a five year comprehensive service plan similar to those utilized by county departments.
  7. Act as a forum for community discussion of issues pertaining to services for children and families.
  8. Carry out any and all activities deemed necessary to accomplish the goals of the council as stated herein.

Section 23-C-03. Membership; meetings. The council shall consist of the following members: the Erie county commissioners of youth, social services, health and mental health, the director of the office for the disabled and the chief clerk from the Erie county family court, three consumer/client representatives, and five representatives from local charitable and/or community based organizations concerned with children and families, the director of the office of probation, one representative from a suburban school district and two representatives from the youth planning council of Buffalo and the president of the united way agency executives association, a representative of the western New York school board association and four members of the business community.

The legislature shall appoint the eight community representatives and two representatives of the business community as follows: six to be named by the majority and four to be named by the minority. Five of these members shall serve two year terms and five shall serve three year terms. These members can only be reappointed once.

The county executive shall appoint the one representative from a suburban school district and the two representatives from the youth planning council of Buffalo and the president of the united way agency executives association, a representative of the western New York school board association and two representatives of the business community.

The chair shall be appointed by the county executive and confirmed by the legislature, and shall not be one of the twenty four members previously stated.

The council shall have the authority to appoint ad hoc council members to advise them, as they may deem necessary.

The council shall have at least four meetings each year with at least one meeting to be in each quarter of the year. The council shall adopt rules and procedures for its meetings; shall keep accurate records of its meetings and activities, and shall file an annual report with the county legislature and the county executive.

The council shall convene for its first meeting in the quarter of the year in which they are appointed. The council shall present its first report to the legislature before adoption of the annual budget in the year they are appointed, and every year thereafter on June first.

The annual report shall include the methodology for acquiring accurate statistics, which the council will use to evaluate and plan for services. Also, they should report any short term budget recommendations for the nineteen hundred ninety three budget.

The council shall then make yearly budget recommendations and five year service plans.

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