Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $600,000)
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.
Montana's governor-appointed Youth Justice Advisory Council (YJAC) has determined the following priorities for Title II funding: alternatives to detention; Native American programs; delinquency prevention; disproportionate minority contact; diversion programs; and juvenile justice system improvement. The population to be served includes all Montana youth and their families at risk for coming into contact with the juvenile justice system. Project goals include the support of State and local juvenile justice system improvement efforts; improvement of the juvenile justice system through increased availability and types of prevention and intervention programs; improvement of tribal justice system capacity for delivering and implementing promising and best practices prevention and intervention programs for Native American youth and families; increase the number of diversion programs for at-risk youth; monitor and ensure compliance with the DMC core requirement; and increase availability of community-based juvenile detention alternatives.