Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $800,000)
OJJDP will fund a training and technical assistance (TTA) provider to: (1) help states assess their current juvenile justice systems and develop guidance to advance the implementation of system-wide reforms, and (2) provide national TTA to states in the development of data-driven, evidence-based, developmentally appropriate, and trauma-informed statewide juvenile justice reform. In Year One, the TTA provider will help the FY16 State Planning Grantees selected under Category One to develop their statewide juvenile justice reform strategic plans. In Year Two, the TTA provider will provide ongoing TTA to the states to assist their statewide reform efforts.
The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center will partner with National Youth Screening and Assessment Partners and the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University to deliver comprehensive training and technical assistance that guides and supports states as they develop statewide strategic plans to improve their juvenile justice systems. Grantees will receive training and technical assistance through a phased process that begins by helping them establish a high-level, interbranch task force of juvenile justice stakeholders to oversee the development of the strategic plan. Task force members will receive training on what works to improve outcomes for youth and will be guided through a comprehensive assessment process to examine current policies, practices, and resource allocation, from diversion through reentry. This assessment will include an analysis of diversion, disposition, assessment, supervision, service, disparity, and outcome data as well as a qualitative review of system policies and focus groups with an array of system stakeholders. CSG and its partners will present detailed assessment findings to the task force, and will help the task force identify system reforms to address identified gaps and challenges. Grantees will then receive distance and onsite training and technical assistance to establish an action plan to operationalize their reforms. They will also have access to distance and peer learning opportunities and best practice resources.