Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $1,092,782)
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.
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is responsible for administering the Title II grant. In FY 2016, working in conjunction with and under the guidance of the State Advisory Group (SAG), a subcommittee of the Michigan Committee on Juvenile Justice (MCJJ), five priority projects were adopted to help guide the work of the SAG over the next three years. These are as follows: 1) the School Justice Partnership which aims to eliminate the school to prison pipeline by reducing truancy and increasing graduation rates among youth; 2) establishment and funding of juvenile mental health courts; 3) establishment of an accessible statewide data system; 4) more funding for diversion programs; and 5) educating stakeholders on the importance of raising the age of juvenile jurisdiction in Michigan. These priority areas are anticipated to aid in achieving long term goals, and will be used to guide funding decisions for projects intended to prevent and reduce delinquency for children in Michigan.