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.
West Virginias Title II Formula Grants Program supports state and local efforts to plan, establish, operate, coordinate and evaluate projects directly or through grants and contracts with public and private agencies for the development of more effective education, training, research, prevention, diversion, treatment, and rehabilitation in the area of juvenile delinquency and programs to improve the juvenile justice system. With the support of grant funds administered by the West Virginia Division of Justice and Community Services, the State Advisory Group has identified nine program areas to fund: delinquency prevention; school programs; disproportionate minority contact; gender specific services; protecting juvenile rights; mentoring, counseling and training; mental health; substance and alcohol abuse and diversion. The effectiveness of the program will be measured by the collection of identified OJJDP performance measurement data, on an annual basis and an on-site programmatic visit.