Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $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.
The Iowa Department of Human Services will use the majority of the funding received under the Title II Formula Grant program to serve delinquent youth. The Youth Development allocation effort focuses on a youth empowerment approach for planning and community-based service for a statewide allocation distributed through Iowa's network of Juvenile Court Services offices. The Youth Development allocation is supported with Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Act related Formula Grant, JABG, and EUDL funding. The DMC Effort will utilize formula funds to support Iowa's Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative (JDAI). JDAI supports DMC related activities in three local sites to affect detention reform. The Iowa Task Force for Young Women (ITFYW), formerly the Gender Specific Services Task Force, will utilize 2011 formula funds to continue its efforts. ITFYW activities include: staff support for the task force, training for system officials, an annual conference, and the production/distribution of a variety of gender related materials. The Program Plan section of this report includes discussion of a mental health effort to be supported with JABG funding.