Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $776,957)
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 Arizona Juvenile Justice Commission (the Commission) and the Governors Office for Children, Youth and Families are committed to continuing efforts of collaboration and coordination within Arizonas juvenile justice system by directing available state and federal resources to respond appropriately and effectively to the needs of at-risk and delinquent youth and their families. The intent of the Commission is to uphold the core requirements of the JJDP Act and support a seamless continuum of delinquency prevention, intervention, and accountability services. To achieve the Commissions goal, Arizona will distribute the 2015 award across seven program areas: aftercare/reentry, alternatives to detention, disproportionate minority contact, juvenile justice systems improvement, mental health services, school programs and substance abuse. In addition, the state will continue to support compliance monitoring efforts and rural and Native American communities around the state. It is not anticipated that the state will use a portion of funding received under this project to conduct research. NCA/NCF