Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $50,000)
The OJJDP FY 09 Earmarks Programs further the Department's mission by providing grants, cooperative agreements, and other assistance authorized by the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, as amended, to organizations identified in the Explanatory Statement Regarding H.R. 1105 (Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009), 155 Cong. Rec. H1653 (daily ed. Feb. 23, 2009) (statement by Rep. Obey, Chairman of the Committee on Appropriations of the House).
The United Methodist Children's Home (UMCH) seeks to improve the quality and accountability of the care that it provides to at-risk youth and their families by moving toward an outcomes-based, data driven management model. Ultimately, UMCH will seek accreditation by the Council on Accreditation (COA), an international, independent, not-for-profit, child and family service and behavioral healthcare accrediting organization. The goal of the project is to better serve Alabama's families in need. By improving the quality of its work, UMCH intends to assist juveniles to become responsible and productive and prevent delinquency and victimization. The first phase of this effort is the application for accreditation by training staff and developing the Performance and Quality Improvement (PQI) Program using supervisors and staff currently in place. The applicant will implement a web based software program to gather the necessary information to monitor the success and failures of every element of the agency.