Mr. Graham told one of the lead entities — the East of the River Clergy, Police, Community Partnership — he was dismayed that about three- quarters of its budget was spent on nondescript “mentoring and monitoring,” while less than 1 percent went to substance abuse treatment.
“You may have a great case for this spending, but you’re not making it,” he said.
Mr. Stanley agreed that the agency has fallen short in certain areas, including liaison services for parents.
“What is often lost, unfortunately, is there are success stories,” he said.
He outlined new strategies to keep dozens of groups homes accountable — including new “scorecards” — and touted new programs on barber skills, the culinary arts and other trades at New Beginnings.
He said new metal doors have been installed to rectify security problems at the facility, which was hailed as state of the art when it opened nearly three years ago but has been plagued by complaints it is too small and marked by youth-onstaff attacks.
The agency also put out a request for proposal to establish an in-patient substance abuse program — a key area of concern for Mr. Graham — within 100 miles of the District, Mr. Stanley said.
Mr. Stanley also won some praise for his zero-tolerance stance toward gang tagging at New Beginnings and other DYRS facilities.
Mr. Graham said DYRS officials have made strides in working with the committee on its primary concern about the secure placement of youths who are driving an oversized share of crime in the city.
“I think we’re making a lot of progress,” Mr. Graham told Mr. Stanley. “This is very encouraging, I’ve got to tell you.”