Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $192,041)
The Juvenile Accountability Block Grant Program (JABG) Program is authorized under the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 2002 (42 U.S.C. 3796ee et. seq.). The goal of the JABG program is to reduce juvenile offending through accountability-based programs focused on both the juvenile offender and the juvenile justice system. The objective is to ensure that States and Territories are addressing the specified purpose areas and receiving information on best practices from OJJDP. JABG funds are allocated to States and Territories based on each State's relative population of youth under the age of 18. The underlying premise of juvenile accountability programming is that young people who violate the law should be held accountable for their actions through the swift, consistent application of graduated sanctions that are proportionate to the offenses, both as a matter of basic justice and as a way to combat juvenile delinquency and improve the quality of life in the nation's communities.
The JABG funding would allow Nevada Youth Parole, Caliente Youth Center and Nevada Youth Training Center to provide psychological and mental health services that were identified in the assessments to youth within the facility. Additionally, the funding will allow the Juvenile Justice Programs Office the opportunity to implement evidenced based programming, quality assurance, safety and security equipment and training and quarterly on site visits and inspections.
Services that will be provided include Psychiatric Consultation, Assessments conducted by a certified Substance Abuse Counselor and deliver treatment services to resident youth, Juvenile Sex Offender Specific Case Management programming, Training and purchase of curriculum in Forward Thinking Series, Change Companies- an best- practice based program to address substance use/abuse and provides skill training to youth, Aggression Replacement Therapy. Self- Esteem and Body Image evidenced based programming and Parenting Skills Curriculum.