For Immediate Release Contacts: Linda
January 12, 2010 or Debrah Stafford
Phone (615) 741-2633
Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth members Beverly Cosley and Timothy Perry, LPC-MHSP, have been appointed to the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice (FACJJ). Cosley of Chattanooga and Perry, of Kingsport were nominated by Governor Phil Bredesen to represent Tennessee on the committee and were appointed by Jeff Slowikowski, acting administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP).
Members of the FACJJ provide advice to OJJDP. Both Cosley and Perry serve on the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth, the agency responsible for administration of federal funding from OJJDP. TCCY monitors local compliance with the core requirements of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDP) and distributes federal juvenile justice grants to local governments and nonprofit organizations.
The JJPD act core requirements are to keep status offenders (DSO) out of secure detention, remove children from adult jails, separate children from adult offenders and address disproportionate minority contact of children in the juvenile justice system.
The Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice advises the president and Congress on matters related to juvenile justice, evaluates the progress and accomplishments of juvenile justice activities and projects and advises the administrator of Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) on the work of OJJDP. It has representatives from the 50 states, Puerto Rico and Guam.Cosley, who had previously served as the alternate, replaces TCCY Chair Cindy Durham, as the primary representative. She is the director of the City of Chattanooga Office of Multicultural Affairs. She has a masters of education from Trevecca and bachelor of science from David Lipscomb University. Cosley was previously employed by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee as its Health Foundation manager and the City of Chattanooga Police Department as community outreach director. She serves on the board of directors for a number of Chattanooga area social services and nonprofit organizations. She has served on the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth since 2003 and chairs its Juvenile Justice and Minority Issues Committee.