Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2017, $1,648,893)
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 State Advisory Group for New York, the Juvenile Justice Advisory Group (JJAG), oversees development of the states three year plan for juvenile justice. The JJAG is committed to a vision for a juvenile justice system that promotes youth success and ensures public safety across the State. That vision was articulated in New Yorks first-ever strategic plan for juvenile justice (2011), which over the past several years has shaped the JJAGs thoughtful approach to system reform and service provision. The JJAG will continue its support of: 1) Coordination across agencies and other system stakeholders at state and local levels; 2) Efforts that contribute to an effective continuum of diversion, supervision and treatment characterized by appropriate assessments and practices that are evidence-informed and aligned with principles of risk, need and responsivity; 3) Strategies that promote the accountability of youth, and also of the system and its stakeholders, evidenced by transparency and demonstrated through performance metrics at every system point, and 4) Data improvement and sharing efforts, with state and local feedback mechanisms that facilitate information-driven decisions and policy. Activities will include supporting developmentally appropriate responses to juvenile crime that promote accountability to victims and communities harmed providing training and technical assistance for juvenile justice professionals, school staff, including school resource officers, service providers, and other community members to build skills and content knowledge; improving school-based responses to justice involved youth, and promoting approaches that engage youth and families in collaborative problem-solving, program design and assessment and policy advisement. NCA/NCF