Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $917,600)
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.
The Designated State Agency for implementation of the Title II-B Formula Grants Program for the State of Washington is the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), Office of Juvenile Justice (OJJ). OJJ plans to utilize its FY 2010 allocation to support the following Program Areas: #23 (Planning and Administration); #31 (State Advisory Group); #22 (American Indian Programs); #19 (Juvenile Justice System Improvement ; #10 (Disproportionate Minority Contact); #08 (Deinstitutionalization of Status Offenders); and #6 (Compliance Monitoring).
Deinstitutionalization of Status Offenders (DSO) and Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) are Washington State's number one and two priorities per the 3-year plan for 2009-2011. Other system improvement efforts and initiatives, including the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI), restorative justice, and local community juvenile justice coordination, also continue to be priorities. Additional focus areas for the State include: gang prevention and intervention, mental health, gender specific services for girls, and strengthening the juvenile justice system in rural and underserved areas. The SAG has an ongoing commitment to evaluation, and research-based or promising programs.