Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $393,667)
The Formula Grants Program is authorized under the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Act of 1974, as amended. The purpose of this program is to support state and local delinquency prevention and intervention efforts and juvenile justice system improvements. Program areas 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)(9) of the JJDP Act.
The Kansas 2015-2017 Title II Formula Three Year Plan focuses resources on maintaining compliance with the core requirements of the JJDP Act. A statewide DMC assessment, completed in July 2013, offered recommendations and priorities for how Kansas should address Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC). Funding will be used to address: DMC at the local level; the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative, which addresses the core requirements of Deinstitutionalization of Status Offenders and DMC; DSO, which addresses the use of valid court orders and inappropriate placement of status offenders; Juvenile Justice System Improvement, which addresses minimization of the use of non-secure and secure placement of youth; the Native American Pass Through; the compliance monitoring contract with Juvenile Justice Associates, LLC.; the State Advisory Group, and planning and administration. Kansas will measure all the outcomes in the above program areas through the data collection of mandatory performance measures.