Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2017, $895,614)
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 Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), working in conjunction with, and under the guidance of, the State Advisory Group (SAG), a subcommittee of the Michigan Committee on Juvenile Justice (MCJJ), has adopted five priority areas to help guide the work of the SAG over the next three years. The SAGs five juvenile justice priority areas are as follows: 1) establishing an accessible statewide data system; 2) more funding for diversion programs; 3) the establishment and funding of juvenile mental health courts; 4) educating stakeholders on the importance of raising the age of juvenile jurisdiction in Michigan; and 5) the School Justice Partnership, which helps to eliminate the school to prison pipeline by reducing truancy and increasing graduation rates among youth. NCA/NCF