Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $1,140,000)
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.
Tennessee will support State and local delinquency prevention and intervention efforts and juvenile justice system improvements for the following designated program areas: (2) Alternatives to Detention to decrease the overutilization of secure detention; (6) Compliance Monitoring to monitor juvenile detention facilities and temporary holding resources and jails/lockups, and all other applicable facilities in the State's Compliance Monitoring Universe; (9) Delinquency Prevention to divert at risk youth from secure detention; (10) Disproportionate Minority Contact to reduce the disproportionate rate of minority youth who have contact with the juvenile justice system, funding a school pilot program to address disproportionality at arrest and other contact points, special emphasis projects focusing on truancy mentoring, and leadership training, and to support the State's DMC Task Force to coordinate activities and engage community leaders; (17) Jail Removal to maintain compliance with the jail removal core requirements of the JJDP Act that includes allocating funding to counties without detention centers in order to keep youth from being held in adult jails; (20) Mental Health to improve the mental health services for children and families involved in social systems; (23) Planning and Administration for activities related to state plan development, other pre-awarded activities, and administration of the Formula Grant Program, including evaluation, monitoring, and one full-time staff position pursuant to Section 222 (c) of the JJDP Act and the OJJDP Formula Grant Regulation; (31) State Advisory Group Allocation for activities related to carrying out the State Advisory Group's responsibilities under Section 223(a)(3) of the JJDP Act; and (34) Youth Advocacy to improve the services for children and families involved in social systems. NCA/NCF