YIPEE!! It became clear while talking to her that the reason PO/super would not even consider short term group home placement for difficult child is because the fed funding won't cover that- it only covers the long term. Local fundsing would have to be used to pay for short term and they won't do that if fed funding can be used, even if that means a longer placement for difficult child. She agreed that this program was nothing more than the diversion program with the name "re-entry" slapped on it (she's been working in this local system for years) and she said if they didn't fill those beds at the long term placerment, they wouldn't get their funding for next year. I'm wondering at what point this is more than just a little violation of difficult child's civil rights- and what would one do about it? Anyway, she's going to call POs super and says she knows her. She's also going to dig around to find out what can be done if super won't 'give' any. She made a couple of calls while I was sitting there and she was very good at not giving any case info out- she was calling the 'head' PO person to find out typical procedure, expectations, etc and that actually convinced her that I was telling the truth I think. She told one person that "sometimes things can get a little too cookie cutter and that's the problem". Yeah.... And she said if I move out of state and difficult child is in this group home, she's almost certain he would be transferred out and into whatever jurisdiction I moved to. Well, that's the back up plan then. I, on the other hand, have been given direction to call Mr M at Department of Juvenile Justice and asked him to call POs super to inform her of possible early release 'since she has scheduled a video-conference' and the date of that might be cutting things to close, and also, could Mr M please mention that he's suggesting early release because he doesn't think difficult child intentionally flaunted his 'actions' and another reason he thinks it might get approved is due to the academic impact of being incarcerated past the start of 2nd semester.