Title V_Delinquency Prevention Program

To increase the capacity of State and local governments to support the development of more effective prevention programs to improve the juvenile justice system through risk and protective factor focused programming approach.




Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Programs implemented by participating communities include a broad range of prevention activities, from early child development strategies such as nurse home visitation and preschool/parent training programs to youth development initiatives involving the use of mentoring, after-school activities, tutoring, truancy and dropout reduction, substance abuse prevention, gang prevention outreach, and police/probation teams.


Agency - Department of Justice

The Department of Justice enforces the law and defends the interest of the United States, ensuring public safety against threats foreign and domestic; providing Federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; seeking just punishment for those guilty of unlawful pursuits; and ensuring fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.



Program Accomplishments

In fiscal year 2002, 55 out of 56 eligible States and territories participated in the program. The Report to Congress for FY 2003 is available through NCJRS. This report fulfills the requirements of Section 504(4) of Title V, which states that the Administrator of OJJDP shall submit a report to the Committee on Education and the Workforce, in the U.S. House of Representatives and the Committee of the Judiciary in the U.S. Senate describing activities and accomplishments of grant activities under this title; describing procedures followed to disseminate grant activity products and research findings; describing activities conducted to develop policy and to coordinate Federal agency and interagency efforts related to delinquency prevention; and identifying successful approaches and making recommendations for future activities conducted under the title. There were no State allocations of Title V funds in fiscal year 2003. More than 1,500 communities across the Nation have conducted community assessments, developed comprehensive delinquency prevention plans, and received prevention grants. In 2003, 63 communities received community team orientation training; 54 communities received data collection and analysis training, and 40 communities received program and plan development training. Fifty-five (55) communities participated in customized training and technical assistance, which included evaluation training and Model Programs Guide presentations. OJJDP has developed the Model Programs Guide and Database (http://www.dsgonline.com/mpg2.5/mpg_index.htm) which can be used by communities to locate scientifically tested and proven (evidence-based) programs and strategies to ensure that their efforts can produce measurable and positive impact. In 2002 and 2003, two issues of Title V Newsletter were distributed to all Title V subgrantees and used in local, State, and national training conferences. The themes were "sustainability" and "performance measures," two important skills areas to enhance/document success of Title V-funded prevention activities. The draft Title V National Evaluation Report is completed. This report presents the experience of the 11 national Title V evaluation communities. Lessons learned from this evaluation project will inform future implementation and evaluation of Title V-funded activities. While some communities are just beginning the grant process, others have completed the implementation of their 3-year delinquency prevention plans and are reporting encouraging results in terms of enhanced coordination of youth resources, family strengthening, school performance, and youth behavior. Supported by community-wide commitment and measurable outcomes, many projects have been sustained following their grant periods through a variety of State and local funding sources. As such, the initial seed money is creating momentum for the focused, coordinated, and long-term efforts necessary to address juvenile crime and delinquency in a meaningful way.

Uses and Use Restrictions

This program authorizes the Administrator to make grants to a State, to be transmitted through the State Advisory Group (SAG), to units of local government for delinquency prevention programming.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

All State agencies designated by the Chief Executive under Section 223(a)(1) of the 2002 JJDP Act are eligible to apply for Title V funds.

States will invite units of local government that meet the statutorily mandated eligibility requirements to apply for funding and competitively select for funding those jurisdictions that meet the minimum selection criteria specified in the guidelines as published in the Federal Register, and other such criteria as the State shall adopt.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Youth at risk of juvenile justice involvement and their families.

Credentials/Documentation

Cost will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

The Juvenile Justice State Advisory Group established pursuant to Section 223 (a)(3) of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act must be involved in the development and approval of the application.

The application requirements for units of local government seeking funding from States include SAG certification of compliance with the JJDP core requirements, designation of a local Prevention Policy Board, submission of a 3-year delinquency plan, a 50 percent cash or in-kind match of the subgrant amount, if not provided by States, and other additional criteria established by SAG.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

State applicants are submitted to OJJDP electronically following pre-established criteria.

Award Procedures

After OJJDP awards grants to the States, the SAG, in consultation with the State Agency, awards subgrants to units of local government through a competitive process.

Deadlines

All State Title V grant applications are due no later than March 31 of the fiscal year for which the funds are allocated. States should award all subgrants to units of local government within 180 days after receipt of the award from OJJDP.

Authorization

The Incentive Grants for Local Delinquency Prevention Programs Act of 2002.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

None.

Appeals

Hearings for State applicants held by OJJDP, subject to applicable Federal regulations. Appeal process for units of local government are determined by each State, subject to applicable Federal regulations.

Renewals

Applications are invited annually. Fund availability will be determined by Congressional appropriation.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Formula based on population of youth under the maximum age of original juvenile court delinquency jurisdiction. State and/or units of local government must match Title V fund with a 50 percent cash or the value of in-kind contributions.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Grants to States will be awarded for a 36-month project period.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Financial, subgrant data and others as required by effective edition of the OJP Financial Guide on a monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, and/or annual basis, and additional reporting requirements listed in OJJDP guidelines for Title V.

Audits

All organizations that expend financial assistance of $300,000 or more in any fiscal year must have a single audit for that year in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-133, as amended, unless the audit condition on the award says otherwise. These audits are due to the Office of the Comptroller and the Federal Audit Clearinghouse no later than thirteen (13) months after the close of each fiscal year during the term of the award (for fiscal years beginning on/after July 1, 1998, audit report packages are due nine (9) months after the close of the fiscal year.

Records

Recipients must keep complete records on disposition of funds.

Financial Information

Account Identification

15-0405-0-1-754.

Obigations

FY 07 $64,169,820; FY 08 $61,100,000; and FY 09 est not available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Eligible States will receive an amount determined by a formula based on the population of youth under the maximum age of original juvenile court delinquency jurisdiction.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Regulations for Formula Grants and the OJP Financial Guide applicable editions, and Title V guidelines issued by OJJDP.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Department of Justice, Washington, DC 20531. Contact: Elizabeth Wolfe. Telephone: (202) 307-5924 or email: Elizabeth.Wolfe@ojp.usdoj.gov. Use the same number for FTS.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Criteria are established by the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, as amended, and the Guideline governing the Title V Grant Program provisions of the JJDP Act as published in the Federal Register.



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