Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $3,695,982)
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.
Pursuant to the FY2011 Title II Formula Grants Program, Texas' Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division (CJD), intends that 90% of federal funds will be sub-awarded to support delinquency prevention/intervention efforts and juvenile justice system improvements. More specifically, an open solicitation will be issued seeking effective programming that: provides specialized services including substance abuse treatment and expanded access to mental health evaluation/counseling; supports innovative methods of gang prevention and intervention; identifies/implements best practices that reduce recidivism and improve offender accountability; provides delinquency prevention and early intervention at first offense; and reduces disproportionate contact of minority youth with the juvenile justice system.