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Council Responsibilities

Per the Act, the responsibilities of the Council include:

  •   Annually:
    • Meet at least twice.
    • Appoint a 6 member advisory committee from the membership.
    • Present a report with recommendations to CYFD, the courts and appropriate legislative interim committees, on or before November 1 of each year, regarding statutes, rules, policies and procedures relating to substitute care and any recommendations for changes in substitute care review boards.
  • Adopt reasonable rules relating to the functions and procedures of the substitute care review boards and the Council in accordance with the duties of the boards as provided in the Act.  Rules shall include:
    • Criteria for membership and training requirements for substitute care board members;
    • Information needed for cases to be monitored;
    • Case information to be tracked and reported;
    • Criteria for procedures for substitute care review boards and designation of cases for review, including weighing the importance of:
      • sibling placements;
      • frequency and severity of neglect or abuse;
      • behavioral health status of household members;
      • placement of children in households where there are no relatives of the children;
      • data related to demographics; and
      • relevant trend data.

Advisory Committee

The Act requires the Council to appoint a 6 member advisory committee to one year renewable terms. The members are selected from the current membership. The advisory committee advises the Council on matters related to substitute care review.

Members (term expires September 2020)

Maria Ortiz Bustos (Doña Ana County)

Jack Carpenter (Taos County)

Mary Carr (Eddy County)

Nancy Treat (Santa Fe County)

Vacant

Vacant

Council Meetings

Per NMAC 8.26.7, the Council meets at least quarterly. Notice of these meetings is provided in the Albuquerque Journal and the agenda is provided on this website in accordance with the Council's Open Meetings Act Resolution adopted July 7, 2020.

September 2019
The Council met at 2 p.m. on September 18, 2019 in Santa Fe, NM.

Agenda

October 2019
The Council is scheduled to meet at 10 a.m. on October 31, 2019.

Agenda

December 2019
The Council is scheduled to meet at 12:15 p.m. on December 6, 2019.

Agenda

March 2020
The Council meeting scheduled for March 16, 2020 has been cancelled.
April 2020
The Council scheduled meeting for April 14, 2020 has been cancelled.
May 2020

The Council meeting scheduled for May 28, 2020 has been cancelled.

July 2020

The Council will hold a regular meeting on Tuesday 7 July 2020 beginning at 1:oo p.m. The meeting will be held via electronic platform (computer and audio). For information on how to access the meeting contact Shelly A. Bucher, LMSW at shelly.bucher@state.nm.us or 505.469.4781.

Agenda

August 2020

The Council will hold a regular meeting on Tuesday 4 August 2020 at 3:30 p.m. The meeting will be held via electronic platform. For access link contact Shelly Bucher at shelly.bucher@state.nm.us or 505.469.4781.

Agenda

September 2020

The Council will hold a regular meeting on Tuesday 1 September 2020 at 1:30 p.m. The meeting will be held via electronic platform. For access link contact Shelly Bucher at shelly.bucher@state.nm.us or 505.469.4781.

Agenda

FY 20 Council Meetings
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Council Annual Reports

The federal Child Abuse & Prevention Treatment Act (CAPTA) requires the Council to issue an annual report which contains a summary of activities and recommendations to improve the child protection response system at the state and local levels. CAPTA further requires CYFD to provide a written response within 6 months of the date of the submission of the annual report. The written response is to 'state and local response systems' and must included a description of 'whether or how [CYFD] will incorporate the recommendations of the [Council] (where appropriate) to make measurable progress in improving the State and local child protection system". Click on each of the below to find the Council's annual report and CYFD's written response.

The Act requires the Council to issue an annual report to CYFD, the courts and appropriate interim legislative committees regarding statutes, rules, policies and procedures relating to substitute care and any recommendations for changes in substitute care review boards. The Act does not require any entity to provide a written response.