DYRS

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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.”

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