Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $393,667)
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.
Vermonts 2015-2017 Three Year Comprehensive Plan is administered by the Department of for Children and Families. The State will focus its efforts on addressing disproportionate minority contact (DMC); identify resources to enable youth career trajectories and supports for high risk youth; assess fiscal and practice changes necessary to assure a youth-focused response for those youth that are under court jurisdiction in a youthful offender status (up to age 22), assess and support unmet needs of youth participating voluntarily in extended foster care (up to age 22); reduce school suspension and expulsions, especially for youth with disabilities and youth of color; and continue focus on the state mandated primary prevention needs of communities in partnership with the Vermont Childrens Trust Foundation. In addition to Planning and Administration and State Advisory Group allocations, Vermont plans to fund the following program areas: DMC; Juvenile Justice System Improvement; Mentoring, Counseling and Training; and Positive Youth Development.