Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $265,000)
The OJJDP FY 10 Earmarks Program furthers the Department's mission by providing grants, cooperative agreements, and other assistance authorized by the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, as amended, to organizations identified in the Conference Report to accompany the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2010 (P.L. 111-117), H.R. Conf. Rep. No. 111-366 at 702-714.
Families and Youth Inc. will provide a centralized single point of entry for comprehensive assessment and case management services for youth under 18 years of age in Dona Ana County, New Mexico, through the Juvenile Assessment and Reporting Center (JARC). A projected average of 80 youth per month (960 youth throughout the one year project period) will be served. The JARC will target: (1) youth arrested for a delinquent act who do not meet criteria for secure detention, and whose parent/guardian is not available to take immediate custody; and (2) youth at-risk of receiving a delinquency referral and are in need of an assessment for services.
The JARC aims to identify and responsively intervene in patterns of negative behavior of at-risk and delinquent youth and provide strategic interventions to minimize involvement in the formal juvenile justice system. The JARC will implement the following services: provide a centralized single point of entry, administer a comprehensive needs assessment, provide quality integrated case management services, and actively foster effective coordination and collaboration among local youth service agencies.
Performance measures will include assessment of services provided and system improvement outcomes. The project staff will also obtain and analyze data on target youth arrests from the local Juvenile Probation Office, the Las Cruces Police Department, the Dona Ana County Sheriff's Department, and New Mexico State Police.