Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $2,282,769)
The Department’s mission is to increase public safety by reducing juvenile delinquency through effective prevention, intervention and treatment services that strengthen families and turn around the lives of troubled youth. This is consistent with the vision of Florida’s State Advisory Group (SAG) in empowering Florida’s children and families with the necessary resources to be safe, strong and successful.
The Title II Formula Grants Program Funding helps Florida’s efforts in services for at risk and system involved youth and their families. The Title II Formula Grant application serves as Florida’s three -year plan and application to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), authorized under the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) of 2002, as amended by the Juvenile Justice Reform Act 2018.
The purpose of the formula grants program is to support state and local delinquency prevention and intervention efforts and juvenile justice system improvements. As the state’s administering agency and administrator of the Title II Formula Grant Funding, FDJJ will use funds to support Florida’s Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention programs, Planning and Administration, State Advisory Group, Compliance Monitoring, Racial and Ethnic Disparities (RED), Delinquency Prevention, Girl Services, Human Trafficking, Gang Violence, Mental Health Counseling, Mentoring Services, Rural Area Juvenile Programs, Hate Crimes, Learning and other Disabilities, Positive Youth Development, and Native American Programming as the main areas of focus.
Planning and Administration will ensure effective administration and internal control and will have more than one staff who ensure the effective monitoring, RED compliance, accountability, and fiscal responsibility of federally funded delinquency prevention programs.
Compliance Monitoring Services will ensure compliance with the requirements of the JJDP Act and develop innovative training to improve monitoring system in Florida. RED will continue its efforts of collaborating with local Law Enforcement, Schools, Judicial Systems, and families in educating about RED addressing the needs of minority youth.
Delinquency Prevention funds will be used to support prevention programs that focus on at-risk youth and seek to prevent and intervene with first-time and non-serious offenders to keep them out of the juvenile justice system.
Graduated and Appropriate Sanctions funds will be used to assist in the provision of information and technical assistance, to aid juvenile justice personnel in determining appropriate sanctions for delinquent behavior for the Office State Courts Administrator.
Florida will bridge collaboration with Native American Programming to develop strategies.