Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $603,015)
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 Utah Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice (UCCJJ) is the designated state agency that administers Title II Formula Grant funds for the State. UCCJJ in concert with the Utah Board of Juvenile Justice (UBJJ) developed the State's Three-Year Plan to complement the strategies and programs of other State and federal grant programs such as Juvenile Accountability Block Grant (JABG), Justice Assistance Grant, Residential Substance Abuse Treatment, Title V, and Utah's Gang Reduction Grant programs. Utah's Title II Formula Grant Three-Year Plan addresses the gaps in services and other areas of need. Additionally, the plan takes into consideration the findings of the UBJJ's Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Committee. Utah will utilize Title II Formula Grant funds to address the following areas: 1. Delinquency prevention projects for children grades kindergarten through eight; 2. Expand and improve sex offender services and resources within the juvenile justice system; 3. Reduce the disproportionate representation of minority youth at decision points within the juvenile justice system from arrest through transfer and waiver to the adult system; 4. Expand drug and alcohol treatment services for youth; 5. Increase success of girls in the system through gender specific/female-responsive services; 6. Increase and improve crisis intervention and treatment needs of youth in the juvenile justice system with mental health problems or developmental disabilities; and 7. Increase access to prevention and early intervention programs for gang involved youth. With this plan, Utah has established a firm commitment to attain a balance between the legitimate needs of the community, the juvenile offender, and the victim.