Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $952,800)
The Formula Grants Program is authorized under the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Act of 2002. The purpose of this program is to support State and local delinquency prevention and intervention efforts and juvenile justice system improvements. Program areas may include: Planning and administration; State Advisory Group allocation; compliance monitoring; juvenile justice issues for American Indian tribes; prevention of substance abuse by juveniles; prevention of serious and violent crimes by juveniles; prevention of juvenile gang involvement and illegal youth gang activities; prevention of delinquent acts and identification of youth at risk of delinquency; and improvement of juvenile justice system operations, policies, and procedures including establishing a system of graduated sanctions, treatment programs, and aftercare.
The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) is the designated State agency to receive Title II funds in the State of Washington. In addition to Planning and Administration and State Advisory Group allocations, DSHS plans to fund activities that support compliance monitoring as well as strategies to reduce Disproportionate Minority Contact. Other grant funded activities will focus on the following Purpose Areas: Purpose Area #8- Deinstitutionalization of Status Offenders, Purpose Area #19- Juvenile Justice System Improvement, and Purpose Area #22- American Indian Programs.