Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $868,373)
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.
Funds made available through the Title II Formula Grants Program support various state and local efforts to address the issue of juvenile delinquency and prevention and improve the juvenile justice system. The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) works with the states Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice to develop goals and objectives, and specific actions for meeting the objectives, which address needs and result in the development of more effective education, training, prevention, diversion, treatment, and rehabilitation programs. Funding is provided directly or through sub-grants and contracts with public and private agencies for the following priority areas as identified in Virginias Three-Year JJDPA Plan 2015-2018: maintaining compliance with core requirements; reducing behavioral health issues of at-risk and system-involved youth; reducing disproportionality in the juvenile justice system; serving at-risk and system-involved youth in their home communities; increasing and strengthening family engagement and community involvement for youth; state advisory group support; and administration.
Progress towards each goal outlined in Virginias Three-Year JJDPA Plan 2015-2017 is regularly monitored and status reports are provided to state advisory group members. All sub-grantees are required to submit quarterly reports to DCJS documenting progress towards goals. Sub-grantee and DCJS provide data as required for performance measure reporting. No human subject research is anticipated at this time.