Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $1,768,405)
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, establishing, operating, coordinating, and evaluating projects directly or through grants and contracts with public and private agencies for the development of more effective education, training, research, prevention, diversion, treatment, and rehabilitation programs in the area of juvenile delinquency and programs to improve the juvenile justice system as found in section 221 of the JJDP Act.
The Department of Youth Services (DYS) for the state of Ohio continues to focus on reducing Disproportionate Minority Contact and addressing Racial and Ethnic Disparities (RED). DYS will continue to allocate funding to address RED, and add Positive Youth Development so that all youth may be served. Additionally, funding will be used for juvenile justice systems improvement. Funding to address RED will be awarded to providers in inner city communities with large numbers of African American youths, and high rates of delinquency or arrests. The intended outcome will be to reduce the number of arrests or minority youths and prevent entry into the juvenile justice system. Funding allocated for Positive Youth Development will be used to fund programs that serve youth of all races. The target population will be disadvantaged and at-risk youths living in impoverished communities where drug abuse and crime is high, and where there is limited access to financial or other resources. Funding allocated for systems improvement will be used to raise awareness about Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking by providing training and education and facilitating statewide coordination.