Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $872,897)
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. Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, Office of Juvenile Justice partnered with the Center for Study and Advancement of Justice Effectiveness, a joint operation of the University of Washington, Washington State University, and the Washington State Center for Court Research at the Administrative Office of the Courts. Based on the analysis and recommendation, the Council priorities are: reduce racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system; build more culturally responsive and effective services into pre-court diversion; improve the availability and responsivity of evidence based programs; and expand data access and analysis.