Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $614,595)
The purpose of New Mexico’s 2023 Title II Formula Grants Three-Year Plan is to ensure New Mexico’s compliance with the four core requirements of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) and to provide prevention and treatment programs and services to youth at risk of involvement with the juvenile justice system. The Children, Youth and Families Department has determined the following primary activities and related products and deliverables continue for 2023 (Year Three) Title II funding: Mental Health & Substance Abuse services to pilot strategies to address service gaps; School and Afterschool services to pilot strategies to address service gaps for youth referred or at risk of referral to juvenile probation; Native American Tribe programs to pilot tribal justice services; Community-Based programs and services to access local services for youth in detention; Alternatives to Detention and Placement to address the special needs of youth such as trauma-informed care and Adverse Childhood Experiences; Planning & Administration to ensure compliance with the JJDPA’s core requirements and manage delivery of the Three-Year Plan; State Advisory Group support, and Juvenile Justice System Improvement to maintain the Grant Management System and support system improvement training. The result will be a broad range of innovative services and approaches to best serve New Mexico’s target population with culturally appropriate evidence-based services and best practices that can be shared across local Continuums.
The service area under this Plan is statewide and delivered through a Continuum of Care Site Model that includes local Juvenile Justice Boards and Continuums of Care currently serving 15 of the State’s 33 counties. The target population is juveniles arrested or referred to juvenile probation; or are at risk of such referral. The Continuums, per State statute, are guided by local juvenile justice boards, whose membership must include local or tribal government representatives, children's court, district attorney, public defender, local law enforcement, and school district. Boards identify local program needs and execute their goals and objectives in coordination with New Mexico’s Three-Year Plan. They also provide the State Advisory Group with feedback regarding issues, outcomes, and obstacles encountered at the community-based level. Progress will be measured through a process for each subgrant which includes monthly reports, desk audits, site visits, and reporting via OJP’s web-based JustGrants system. No portion of the project budget is planned to conduct research.