Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2017, $400,859)
The Formula Grants Program is authorized under the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Act. The purpose of this program is to support state and local delinquency prevention and intervention efforts and juvenile justice system improvements. Supported activities and efforts 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) of the JJDP Act.
The purpose of West Virginias Title II Formula Grants Program is to support state and local juvenile justice system efforts and to ensure compliance with the four core requirements of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act. The West Virginia Division of Justice and Community Services and the State Advisory Group (SAG) have identified the following priorities for Title II funding: delinquency prevention; school programs; disproportionate minority contact; gender specific services; protecting juvenile rights; mentoring, counseling and training; mental health; substance and alcohol abuse, diversion, and juvenile justice system improvement. The effectiveness of the program will be measured by the collection of identified OJJDP performance measurement data on an annual basis and on-site programmatic visits.