Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $418,813)
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 Arkansas Department of Human Services, Division of Youth Services will work to develop ways to promote the implementation of evidence based and effective programming while fostering FY18 Title II initiatives that will further the Juvenile Justice Reform efforts in the State through system improvement, compliance monitoring and capacity building activities. DYS will focus on five priority areas: School Programming, Diversion, Alternatives to Detention, Community Programs, and Disproportionate Minority Contact.