Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2017, $394,601)
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 New Mexicos FY 2017 Title II Formula Grants Program is to ensure New Mexicos compliance with the four core requirements of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act and to provide outreach, education, and services to youth at-risk of involvement with the juvenile justice system, as well as their families. New Mexicos Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD) has determined the following priorities for Title II funding: Alternatives to Detention; Compliance Monitoring; Disproportionate Minority Contact; Indian Tribe Programs; and Juvenile Justice System Improvement. The services to be provided include substance abuse prevention and education, family and parenting education, assessments and case management, academic skills enhancement, day reporting programs, gender specific services, restorative justice programs and other alternatives to detention programming. New Mexico juvenile delinquency prevention service spectrum is executed and delivered through a Continuum Site Model that includes continuums established in twenty counties, serving twenty-one, throughout the State. As described in state statute, the target population is juveniles arrested or referred to juvenile probation; or are at risk of such referral. The Continuums are guided by local juvenile justice boards, whose membership must include, per state statute, representatives of unit of local or tribal government, children's court, district attorney, public defender, local (municipal, county, tribal) law enforcement, and public school district. The boards are tasked with executing the goals and objectives of New Mexicos 3-Year Plan, as well as to provide the State Advisory Group with feedback regarding issues, outcomes, and obstacles encountered at a community-based level. Progress is measured through an evaluation process for each sub grant which includes quarterly reports, desk audits, and site visits. No portion of the project budget will be used to conduct research.