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Federal Title II Formula Grants - Background

The Title II Formula Grant Program was created as a result of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Act of 2002 and funds support state and local delinquency prevention and intervention efforts and juvenile justice system improvements. Once Congress appropriates funds, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) awards formula grants to states based on their proportionate population under the age of 18. At least two-thirds of the funds awarded to each state must be used for programs operated by local public and private agencies and federally recognized tribal governments. These funds must be distributed on a competitive basis.

Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Act of 2002 - Link

As the administering agency for the Title II Formula Grants program, the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) is responsible for the development and submission of a Three-year State Plan that identifies California’s prioritized juvenile justice needs. The JJDP Act requires that the State Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (SACJJDP) participate in development of the State Plan. As such, the BSCC and SACJJDP blend State and Federal funding streams strategically to provide both direct services and systems improvement/reform. In short, State funds support what counties do, while Federal funds support how they do it.

State Advisory Committee of Juvenile Justice and Deliquency Prevention (SACJJDP) - Link

Guided by the SACJJDP, the 2016-2018 current strategic State Plan for California identifies several priority areas for funding locally developed projects with Title II monies: Aftercare/Reentry, Alternatives to Detention, Diversion, Delinquency Prevention, Evidence-Based Programs/Promising Approaches, reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparity (R.E.D.), and Tribal Youth.

An Executive Steering Committee (ESC) was formed to oversee the development and release of the competitive Title II Formula Grant Program Request for Proposals (RFPs).  The SACJJDP appointed Nevada County Chief Probation Officer and BSCC Board Member Michael Ertola, and Ventura County Superior Court Judge and SACJJDP member Brian Back as Co-Chairs of the ESC.  Eight additional subject matter experts from an array of disciplines and community partners working with juvenile offenders were named as members and participated on this ESC. 

Executive Steering Committee Members - PDF

At the conclusion of the ESC process, funding recommendations were presented to the SACJJDP and the BSCC Board for approval. Board Meeting - Thursday, September 17, 2015