Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $150,000)
This program is authorized by 34 U.S.C. § 11131 and supports the development and improvement of state, tribal, county, and local juvenile residential facilities with particular focus on establishing an emergency plan that ensures the continuity of operations, reduction of risk to the physical plant, and the safety and well-being of youth and staff in juvenile justice residential facilities.
The National Association of County and City Health Officials will use funding to pilot an enhanced comprehensive emergency operations plan (EOP) with the Shuman Juvenile Detention Center and the Allegheny County Health Department, and develop enhanced EOP response protocols that include potential overdoses and infectious disease outbreaks among youth in detention facilities and their family members. The primary goals of this project are to (1) adopt evidence-based public health preparedness methods and develop a cross-jurisdictional team to deliver training and technical assistance at the Shuman Juvenile Detention Center; (2) strengthen the ability of other juvenile facilities to implement comprehensive EOPs; and (3) explore additional opportunities to collaborate with juvenile justice partners to implement comprehensive emergency response protocols.