Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2017, $400,271)
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 Department for Children & Families, Family Services Division and the Vermont Children and Family Council for Prevention Programs will maintain the five primary focus areas in this plan: 1) Vermont aims to continue to maintain compliance with the core protections for youth who become involved with the justice system. and is committed to applying necessary resources to monitor systems and train decision-makers in assuring JJDPA protections. 2) Vermont plans to continue to fund Delinquency Prevention and primary prevention activities in conjunction with the Vermont Children's Trust Fund. 3) Vermont will monitor rates of disproportionate minority contact (DMC) at all justice system contact points and address identified racial disparities in those systems. 4) Vermont will coordinate and make systemic improvements to the system of youth services operated by state and community organizations. 5) Vermont targets jurisdiction reform that supports the developmentally oriented response to young people who have contact with the justice system. All activities funded by the Council are required to be trauma-informed, culturally responsive, affirm positive youth development practice, and include youth and family engagement in decision-making. NCA/NCF