Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $1,030,088)
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 Michigan Department of Health and Human Services in conjunction with, and under the guidance of, the State Advisory Group (SAG), a subcommittee of the Michigan Committee on Juvenile Justice (MCJJ), set five priority projects to help guide the work of the SAG over the next three years. The SAGs five juvenile justice priority projects are as follows: 1) SchoolJustice Partnership, which help to eliminate the school to prison pipeline by reducing truancy and increasing graduation rates among youth; 2) establishment and funding of mental health treatment courts; 3) establishment of an accessible statewide data system; encouraging statewide use of a common data collection process; and identifying the best data collection tools; 4) more funding for diversion programs; and 5) services for juveniles in the juvenile justice system. The SAG is examining these priority areas to identify long term goals that will guide funding decisions for projects and programs intended to prevent and reduce delinquency for children in the State of Michigan.