Department of Human Resources officials will hold their first meeting with the recently established, 28-member DHR citizen advisory commission at 2 p.m. Monday in the office of DHR director Albert P. Russo.
Russo said the committee will hold regular meetings to discuss the needs and concerns of District of Columbia residents.
At the weekly DHR press conference, department officials also announced that three Forest Haven residents had been placed with foster families in the District and Maryland, and Russo reviewed the progress of the department's home detention program for delinquents awaiting trial.
Forest Haven, the District of Columbia's institution for the mentally retarded, which is in Laurel, Md., is under a court order to place its residents in community homes.
Della Scott, an official with the specialized home care program established to relocate the residents, said her office has received about 140 inquiries from metropolitan area families. Twenty-seven families are now being reviewed for placements, a process that takes about six weeks, she said.
Discussing the juvenile detention program, Russo said only four of the 256 youths in the program last year got into additional trouble while awaiting court action in their cases. The home detention program is an alternative to holding young offenders in group homes or institutions. Juveniles are ordered to live at home and continue to work or attend school while they await a court hearing.
Counselors meet with youths at various check points three times a day, and the youths are under curfew seven days a week. About 60 youths are in the program at any given time, Russo said.