Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $606,688)
The Montana Board of Crime Control (MBCC) respectfully applies for $600,000 in FY 2021 for statewide Title II Juvenile Justice Programs. MBCC provides funding to a variety of local nonprofits and governments that provide services to at-risk and justice-involved youth. In FY 21 MBCC will fund community-based programs ($135,927); delinquency prevention ($142,835); mentoring, counseling and training programs ($89,074); school programs ($10,000); compliance monitoring ($15,000); diversion ($32,110); gender-specific services ($38,512); and Native American Tribe Programs ($46,542). MBCC’s primary activities over the next three years include providing funding and training to Title II subgrant programs, assisting the state advisory group, compliance monitoring for subgrant programs, and reporting progress to OJJDP and the Governor’s Office. These activities will be primarily funded using the administrative ($120,000) and state advisory group ($30,000) allocations.
Products and deliverables include reports to the Governor every other year, annual reports to OJJDP, an annual application for Title II funding, an annual application process for subgrant programs, consistent program/facility monitoring, and regular state advisory group meetings. The Youth Justice Council (YJC) and RED subcommittee meet quarterly, and other subcommittees meet as needed. Products and deliverables specific to state needs can be found in the Goals and Objectives section.
The proposed service area includes all of Montana. MBCC receives Title II subgrant applications from most major regions in the state. Montana has four Title II programs in western Montana, a couple in the rural north central region of Montana on or near the Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation, and several in or around Billings in southeastern Montana. These programs cover both rural and mostly urban areas with youth from a variety of racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. MBCC may soon be able to fund programs in northeastern Montana, which is mostly rural and has a high need for youth services.
Youth who will benefit from the proposed project include mainly at-risk and justice-involved youth in the regions described above. Montana’s Title II programs have a strong focus on delinquency prevention for youth struggling with behavioral health problems, substance use, academic failure, or other risk factors. While most participants are in middle or high school, MBCC has funded successful programs for elementary school students as well. Some programs target native and/or non-native youth of color specifically. Most youth served by Title II programs in recent years have been nonviolent youth at risk of delinquency or youth with status and misdemeanor offenses.