Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $375,000)
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's (OJJDP) National Training and Technical Assistance Center for Youth in Custody (NC4YC) provides resources, training, and technical assistance for state, local, and tribal departments of juvenile justice and corrections, service providers, and private organizations that operate juvenile facilities. NC4YC serves the range of facilities in which juveniles are placed, including detention, corrections and adult facilities, and the unique population of juveniles in these institutions. NC4YC emphasizes the rehabilitative goals of the juvenile justice system and provides comprehensive training, technical assistance, and resources directly to justice facilities that detain or confine juveniles. NC4YC also updates and contributes to the knowledge base of best practices in detaining or confining juveniles.
The National Partnership for Juvenile Services will work collaboratively with OJJDP, to respond to the needs of the youth in custody field by: 1) creating pathways towards compliance with standards, licensing, and the Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Act, etc. through quality assurance, continuous improvement, data collection practices and management information systems, and 2) allocating services and resources to benefit traditionally underserved youth in custody communities such as tribal and small, rural facilities (80% of all facilities) and youth in adult jails; or designated special populations such as the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex, Gender Non-Conforming youth, youth in need of mental health services, and/or the traumatized youth.
The applicant's approach will include connecting NC4YC to youth custody practitioners through a multi-disciplinary network of providers. The applicant will make full use of web-based technologies; encourage the implementation of evidence-based programs, strengthen standards and policies that protect youth safety through improved conditions; create a data-based quality assurance systems to monitor and manage populations and inform decisions; and enhance workforce development through relevant and specific training and technical assistance services.