Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $440,830)
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, establishing, operating, coordinating, and evaluating 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 the area of juvenile delinquency and programs to improve the juvenile justice system as found in section 221 of the JJDP Act.
The State of Hawaii Department of Human Services, Office of Youth Services is the designated State Agency that governs its State Plan in accordance to the federal statutory requirements of Section 223(a) of 42 U.S.C. 5633. The Office of Youth Services centers its attention on improving the juvenile justice system through systems development and comprehensive integrated systems of care. Statewide efforts are focused on identifying gaps in services and using best practices as the foundation to implement effective and efficient programs. The State Plan intends to anchor its efforts on expanding and enhancing diversion programs throughout the state. Diversion programs offer system-involved youth the opportunity to bypass the prolonged criminal proceeding, formal prosecution, and incarceration while promoting public safety, community connection, and education.