Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2017, $680,237)
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; 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) of the JJDP Act.
The Washington State Partnership Council on Juvenile Justice (WA-PCJJ) held their first meeting in January 2011, which included a State Advisory Group (SAG) new member training. The new SAG established its Strategic Framework and Mission & Guiding Principles, which were adopted in November 2011. The Council also conducted a needs assessment to develop its priorities for the 2012 -2014 OJJDP comprehensive 3-year plan.
In addition to an Executive Committee, there are currently five Standing Committees of the Council: Behavioral Health, Grants and Technical Assistance/Fiscal, Racial and Ethnic Disparities (formerly the DMC Committee), Reentry & Reconnecting Youth, and the Youth Committee. The Council identified three principal priority areas: DMC (Racial and Ethnic Disparities, R.E.D.); Transitional Services/Reentry; and eliminating the incarceration of status offenders and low risk offenders (use of the Valid Court Order--VCO, and implementation and expansion of JDAI principles and strategies).