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The State of Iowa receives a federal block grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) to develop programs that promote greater accountability in the juvenile justice system. The goals of the program are to reduce juvenile delinquency, improve the juvenile justice system, and increase accountability for juvenile offenders. The allocations must be spent in one or more of 17 program purpose areas. There is approximately $500,000 available in Federal FY2009 (October 2008 – September 2009), which will fund the following projects:

  • An allocation to the Juvenile Court Services Offices in the eight Judicial Districts, based on child population, ages 5 – 17 years. The chief juvenile court officers must submit a plan to CJJP for approval and for authorization of allocations. The plans must include an assessment that prioritizes a need for specific programs; establish program goals; describe specific activities and services that will take place; who will benefit from the services, and the target population; and identify the performance measures that will be used to measure the program’s effectiveness.
  • Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Resource Center, part of the National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice, located within the University of Iowa’s School of Social Work, which provides technical assistance to communities with identified needs: Polk, Black Hawk, Woodbury, Johnson, Linn, and Webster Counties in an effort to reduce DMC. The National Resource Center also has an annual statewide DMC conference.
  • Juvenile Justice Evaluation and Research conducted by CJJP for juvenile justice initiatives.
  • A new initiative that will provide seed money for the implementation of mental health services for youth in the juvenile justice system.
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