Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $400,000)
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; disproportionate minority contact; juvenile justice issues for Native 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. Utah will utilize Title II Formula Grant funds to address the following areas: 1. Delinquency prevention projects for children grades K-8; 2. Increase success of girls in the juvenile justice system through gender specific/female responsive services; 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. Increase access to mentor programs serving youth involved in the child welfare or juvenile justice system and without significant adult support; 5. Expand drug and alcohol treatment and prevention services for youth; 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. Expand and improve sex offender services and resources within the juvenile justice system. (NCA/NCF)