Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $945,441)
The Formula Grants Program is authorized under the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Act and funds are made available as a result of the FY 2016 Department of Justice appropriations. 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; prevention; and activities to address the core requirements and improvement of juvenile justice system operations and policies, as found in section 223(a)(9) of the JJDP Act.
FY 2016 Title II funds made available to Virginia support state and local efforts to address juvenile delinquency and prevention and improve the juvenile justice system. The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) will work with Virginias Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice and Prevention to develop goals and objectives, and specific actions for meeting the objectives. The actions include the identification of needs and 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 2015-2017: 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. A number of purpose areas under the JJDP Act are included within the various priority areas.
Progress towards each goal will be regularly monitored and status reports provided to state advisory group members. All sub-grantees will be required to submit quarterly reports to DCJS documenting progress towards goals. Sub-grantees and DCJS will provide data to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention for performance measure reporting as required.