Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $608,848)
FY 2021 TITLE II FORMULA GRANT PROGRAM APPLICATION
The State of Hawaii Department of Human Services, Office of Youth Services is the designated State Agency responsible for administering the State Plan in accordance with the federal statutory requirements under 34 U.S.C §11133(a). The funds available through the Title II Formula Grant support prevention and treatment programs, system improvement and development, and statewide compliance efforts. The Office of Youth Services, and the Juvenile Justice State Advisory Council (JJSAC) have identified the following purpose areas in the Three-Year State Plan: Planning and Administration, Compliance, State Advisory Group (SAG), Alternatives to Detention, and Racial and Ethnic Disparities (RED). OYS has one designated Compliance Monitor who coordinates efforts to ensure, sustain, and certify compliance with the 3 of 4 core requirements. The Compliance Monitor is responsible for statewide facility inspections, compliance training, monitoring, and technical assistance. Plans for compliance with the RED core requirements continue to be a statewide coordinated effort involving participation from stakeholders, government agencies, private nonprofit organizations, and the JJSAC Ethnic and Cultural Diversity Sub-committee. JJSAC and Sub-committee members conduct virtual/in-person meetings at least quarterly and participate in local/national juvenile justice related conferences and trainings. JJSAC in partnership with OYS and various stakeholders strive to stay well-informed on current events and best practices in the juvenile justice arena. The Title II SAG allocation supports the work of the JJSAC and its Sub-committees. More than seventy-five percent of Title II funds are provided to public agencies and private/nonprofit organizations with goal of reducing juvenile crime and increasing positive youth development in Hawaii communities. The Alternatives to Detention Programs is critical in the continuum of prevention and intervention. The programs serve over 300 youth (combined) involved in the justice system; ages 10-17 years old. The programs are located on the Big Island of Hawai’i and Kaua’i where service areas are island wide.