Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $1,252,510)
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 as found in section 223(a)(9) of the JJDP Act.
The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) will use FY 15 Title II Formula Grant funds to support the priorities identified in its State Advisory Group's (SAG) plan to the Governor. The identified priorities are: ensure compliance with the JJDP Act; lay the foundation for a comprehensive delinquency and violence prevention strategy for the Commonwealth by working with state partners, schools, and service providers to better address youth needs; expedite the implementation of PA's highly regarded Juvenile Justice System Enhancement Strategy; address key legislative and policy matters of critical importance to the achievement of these goals; support the needs of juveniles between the ages of 10 and 17 and focus on initiatives such as System Enhancement, Evidence-based Programs and Practices, Delinquency Prevention and Intervention, Reducing DMC, Aftercare and support for policies and programs that serve all system-involved adolescents regardless of race, ethnicity or gender identification with services that address prevention, treatment and recovery needs.