Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $898,000)
The Formula Grants Program is authorized under the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Act of 1974, as amended. 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.
For the 2009-2011 Juvenile Justice Plan, Colorado's Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Council prioritized prevention of delinquency by focusing on the needs of high risk youth in the areas of:
- Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC)
- Mental Health Services
- Substance Abuse Services
The Council also affirmed its commitment to fund Compliance Monitoring, American Indian programming at both Mountain Ute and Southern Ute Indian Tribes, and strengthened its support for Juvenile Justice System Improvement including training, research and evaluation efforts.
Beginning with the FY2009 subgrant solicitation, applicants for the DMC, Mental Health and Substance Abuse program areas were eligible for up to three years of funding. Prior to receipt of second and third year funding, multi-year applicants submit an abbreviated application for review and approval. This abbreviated continuation application includes: summary of project progress, progress on goals and objectives, lessons learned, updated goals and objectives, sustainability plan and updated budgets. The remaining Program Areas prioritized by the Council are funded on a year-to-year basis.