Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $250,000)
The goals of this proposal are 1) Familiarize jurisdictions with guidance found in the OJJDP’s Emergency Planning for Juvenile Justice Residential Facilities (guide) by providing technical assistance, content and resources that align with the guide thus increasing their understanding of the necessary components of an effective emergency plan and how to conduct a self-assessment of their existing plans to determine gaps and strengths and 2) Assist jurisdictions with improving existing emergency plans for juvenile justice residential facilities to include integrating youth and family partnership strategies by providing training and technical assistance to a selected number of jurisdictions’ staff members to plan, draft and write a comprehensive emergency/disaster plan that is aligned with the guide. The Council of Juvenile Justice Administrators (CJJA) plans to achieve the following objectives: providing jurisdictions with training and technical assistance to support the development, improvement, and/or implementation of emergency planning activities for state, tribal, county, and local juvenile justice residential facilities; and providing TTA within the scope of the Emergency Planning grant that prioritizes youth wellbeing in juvenile justice residential facilities by integrating and sustaining meaningful youth and family partnerships into facility emergency plans to include facility and staff engagement with families and other supportive community members throughout the duration of an emergency event. CJJA will achieve these objectives by addressing and strengthening multi-agency collaboration efforts in emergency preparedness and assisting jurisdictions/facilities in developing comprehensive preparedness plans using an approach that is two-fold. First, deliver training and technical assistance to juvenile justice state and local leaders designed to increase their understanding of the necessary components of an effective emergency/disaster plan including how to conduct a self-assessment of their existing plans to determine gaps and strengths. Second, work directly with a selected number of jurisdictions/facility staff members to plan, draft and write a comprehensive emergency/disaster plan that is aligned with the guidance found in the Emergency Planning for Juvenile Justice Residential Facilities.