Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $590,509)
The Division of Public Safety Planning (DPSP), Office of Justice Programs (OJP) is the state administering agency (SAA) designated to prepare and administer the state’s Title II Formula Grants Program in a three-year plan to address systemic change in juvenile justice. The DPSP-OJP oversees the State Advisory Group known as the Mississippi Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee (MSJJAC) appointed by the Governor to advise on issues relating to juvenile justice in the state. The DPSP-OJP is primarily responsible for providing resources and funding assistance to support state and local efforts to plan, establish, operate, coordinate, and evaluate 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 juvenile delinquency and programs to improve the juvenile justice system. The DPSP-OJP will focus Title II Formula Grant funding on programs that will encourage and sustain compliance with the four Core requirements of the JJDP Act. The SAA will strive to give priority consideration to the following Formula Grant program areas of Alternatives to Detention, Compliance Monitoring, Deinstitutionalization of Status Offenders, Delinquency Prevention, Racial and Ethnic Disparities (RED), and Diversion. The DPSP-OJP will submit annual performance measurement-based progress reports and give priority funding consideration to: improving the quantity and quality of evidence-based programs; funding programs and/or services that demonstrate success in addressing the identified program purpose areas. The Request for Proposals (RFP) process for Title II funding is distributed statewide to eligible programs that can deliver program measures and outputs that meet the criteria of addressing the issues and needs of the justice-involved youth within the juvenile justice system in Mississippi.