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OJJDP News @ a Glance March 2024

March 2024

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OJJDP's Continuum of Care Initiative Awards $17.1 Million in FY 2023

OJJDP's continuum of care framework focuses on prevention and early intervention services for most youth, with intensive, targeted, evidence‐based programming for youth at high risk of juvenile justice system involvement.

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Preventing Youth Victimization and Violence

Young people involved in the juvenile justice system are at greater risk for victimization than their non-system-involved peers. OJJDP funds numerous initiatives to prevent violence and support youth who have endured victimization.

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From the Administrator's Desk

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Moving Toward a More Equitable Youth Justice System

“I believe we are moving toward a more equitable youth justice system. I am encouraged and inspired by movements across the field toward a system that is more responsive to youth needs and more inclusive of youth and family perspectives. I’ve spent the last 20-plus years advocating to reform the juvenile justice system, and I am proud of the progress we have made. I am also realistic about what remains to be done, and committed to ensuring that OJJDP plays a pivotal role in continuing to reform and improve our youth justice system.”

—Administrator Liz Ryan, at the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges’ National Conference on Juvenile Justice on March 19 in Cleveland, OH. 

From the Field: Strategic Partnerships Elevate a City and Its Youth

Project Imagine asks youth to “imagine” a life beyond crime, then provides mentorship, consistency, and accountability to help them achieve it. The city of Danville, VA, launched the program for youth affiliated with gangs or at risk for gang involvement.

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Tribal Connections: Podcast Captures Candid Conversation Between OJJDP Administrator and Tribal Youth

“With your appointment to OJJDP, it’s clear that there is somebody now that does understand the importance of our Tribes, our traditions, our culture, and our young people.”
—Sam Schimmel, a TYRC Young Leader, speaking to OJJDP Administrator Liz Ryan 

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Find information about upcoming trainings, conferences, webinars, and other events of interest to practitioners, professionals, and other stakeholders in the youth justice field. View the Events Calendar.

OJJDP offers funding through formula and discretionary grants, cooperative agreements, and payment programs. Learn about opportunities in the funding section of the OJJDP website.

Monthly - News @ a Glance - Did You Know?

The percentage of youth with a substance use disorder who receive treatment is low—less than 12 percent, according to research reported in a 2023 literature review, Substance Use Treatment Programs, in OJJDP’s Model Programs Guide. OJJDP observed National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week March 20–27.

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Date Created: March 27, 2024