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.
The 2015 Idaho Title II Formula Grants Program will enhance the juvenile justice system in Idaho through efforts that are trauma-informed and based in principles of a developmental approach. Idahos plan is the culmination of the efforts of local planning workgroups across the state using a data driven, strengths-based approach. Over 175 individuals participated in ten planning workshops to generate strategic plans focused on local needs. Justice and non-justice agencies were represented as well as parents and youth.
The State Advisory Group, the Idaho Juvenile Justice Commission, grouped priorities into several broad categories: Status Offender Services and Diversion Programs, Collaboration and Youth Voice, Core Requirements, and Reintegration. Success will be measured according to the accomplishments of the Idaho Juvenile Justice Commission and District/Tribal Councils based on specific goals and objectives in their strategic plans within the broad categories. The Idaho Juvenile Justice Commission expects to fully complete activities in the plan by 2018. Funding from the Formula Grant Program represents a fraction of the resources the state will leverage to complete critical system improvements.