Arizona Address Confidentiality Program

Report
ARIZONA ADDRESS
CONFIDENTIALITY
PROGRAM
Betty McEntire, Executive Director
602-542-1627 (direct)
602-542-1653 (general info)
602-542-1 892 (government)
[email protected] s.gov
Office of Secretary of
State
Ken Bennett
OBJECTIVES
 Outline critical components of the Address Confidentiality
Program
 Define state and local government agencies/entities
requirements under the ACP laws.
 Explain processes af fected directly by public schools when
interacting with ACP participants.
WHAT IS ACP?
( A R S § 41 - 1 6 2 )
 Part of a safety plan to assist victims of DV, Sexual Offenses &
Stalking maintain her/his confidential location.
 Administered by Secretary of State’s Office, laws governing the
program: Title 41, Article 3, Chapter 1.
 27 th state to implement an ACP program (program began June 4,
2012).
 Funded by a $50 assessment levied on persons convicted of crimes
outlined in ARS §13-3601, Title 13 Chapter 14 or 35.1 and/or ARS
§13-2923.
ACP PROGRAM
 Two- part process
 Designate a substitute address that will become the participant’s
legal address of record.
 Fictitious address (Apt #)
 Address to be used instead of actual (mailing, physical, real, confidential) address for
purposes of residential, work, and school
 Mail Forwarding
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Receive and Forward mail to the participant
Receive 1st class, certified, or registered mail, including service of process.
No cost to participants
Cannot forward packages, junk mail, or magazines
PARTICIPANTS
 Adult or Child
 Victim of DV, Sexual Of fenses or Stalking (as prescribed in
ARS §13-3601, of fenses included in Title 13, Chapter 14 or
35.1 , ARS §13-2923) and in fear of safety
 Or lives with an certified participant
 Must have relocated within 90 days or is planning on
relocating in near future in Arizona
 Must provide evidence of victimization
 Currently, 200 families enrolled, over 400 participants (1/2
are children)
CERTIFICATION
 Five Years, unless…
 Self-Withdrawal
 Can be cancelled from ACP
 Mail returned as undeliverable
 Failed to provide change of address/phone/name
change
 Provided false information on application
REALIT Y OF PARTICIPATION
 Not every survivor of Domestic Violence, Sexual Offenses
or Stalking will be eligible for program
 Not every survivor will want to be in this program
 Some will enroll and realize inconvenience and re -assess
 Large presence in cities located within Maricopa and
Pima Counties
 Must meet with a registered and trained Application
Assistant
FRONT
IMAGE OF
ACP
AUTHORIZAT
ION CARD
BACK
IMAGE OF
ACP
AUTHORIZA
TION CARD
PARTICIPANT RESPONSIBILITIES
 Request to use substitute address for work, residential, and
school
 Initiates on new public record
 Must show agency valid and current ACP authorization card
 Request to redact/change
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Initiates, no assumption on government entity
Must show valid and current ACP authorization card
Only back to 90 days from DOE
Only confidential address
 If cancelled, must notify agency of change of address
STATE & LOCAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES
A R S § 41 - 16 6
 Accept the ACP substitute address as lawful address of
record
 Cannot require par ticipants to disclose their true address
 Can call and verify enrollment status in ACP (602 -542-1892)
 Authorized to make a copy of authorization card
 Substitute address considered last known address, until
notified.
 Telephone number non -disclosable or open for inspection
Eligibility &
Enrollment
Records Transfer
SCHOOLS AND THE ACP
Transportation
Emergency Situations
ELIGIBILIT Y/ ENROLLMENT
3 simple steps
Call the ACP to verify a student’s status in the
program
Submit enrollment eligibility form to the program
The ACP will respond in writing yes/no
EXAMPLE
OF
ELIGIBILIT Y
FORM
SCHOOL RECORDS
 ACP facilitates records between previous and new
school
*Parent Makes Request to ACP
 Statutory requirement for security of
student/parent
 Between districts (as well as Intra-District)
 Best to transfer within 10 day requirement
RECORDS
TRANSFER
SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION
 Only minimum info necessary
 i.e. crossroads, zip code, etc.
 name of student cannot match
 IEP Transportation Requirements (front door to front door)
 ACP & parent must work in collaboration w/ school
(transportation- bus driver, bus aide, special education
teacher/aides)
 Statute outlined process
 Standard Disclosure Process
 Includes who will have address/ how will address be
stored/deleted, etc.
 Encourage school to reach out to ACP to help facilitate process
STANDARD DISCLOSURE
 Making the Request
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Agency Letterhead
Required information needed
Signatures of individual and supervisor
Phone numbers for both
Copy of agency adopted procedures
 Address must be protected from individuals outside of the
request.
 Record of an ACP participant confidential address, not available for
inspection
 Participants in program are trying to
actively maintain the safety of their
family.
 The ACP provides survivors a legal
substitute address and mail forwarding
services
 State and local government
agencies/entities are required to accept
the address as the legal address of record
for work, home, and school
 ACP is a partner with parent and school
on eligibility/enrollment, school records,
and transportation
CONCLUSION
ANY QUESTIONS?

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