Formula Grant Funds
The Formula Grant program supports prevention and intervention efforts and juvenile justice system improvements by providing funds to help implement a continuum of care based on detailed studies and needs in local jurisdictions. In order to receive these funds, Idaho must comply with the core requirements of the JJDP Act.
In Idaho, the Juvenile Corrections Act is based on the Balanced Approach philosophy of Community Safety, Offender Accountability, and Competency Development. Formula funds are intended as seed money for new community-based programs to strengthen and improve the implementation of the BARJ Model.
Juvenile Accountability Block Grant (JABG)
The Juvenile Accountability Block Grant program was created to promote greater accountability in the juvenile justice system through grants to strengthen programs and systems that foster the creation of safe communities. The underlying supposition is that young people, their families and the juvenile justice system must be accountable for improving the quality of life in every community.
JABG funds are allocated to counties and eligible Tribes in Idaho. In the event a county does not want to participate in the program, they have the option to waive their funds to an adjoining county, or to the POST Academy to support training juvenile probation and detention officers. As well as the county-waived monies, the Commission also supports the academies through interest funds earned on the JABG grant.
Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws (EUDL)
The Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections is the recipient and administrator of the EUDL grant. The program strategies and activities are determined by a state-level partnership comprised of representatives from the Departments of Juvenile Corrections, Health and Welfare, Transportation/Office of Highway Safety, Education, State Police/Bureau of Alcohol Beverage Control, Idaho Liquor Dispensary, and a representative from the Governor’s Office.
Idaho’s EUDL program is implemented at the local level primarily through mini-grants to local law enforcement agencies, community coalitions, and youth groups for compliance checks of alcohol sales at outlets, retailer training, media campaigns, outreach efforts of the First Lady, and funding to assist local school districts with alcohol-free graduation activities. Additional focus areas include development of a state-wide coalition of colleges and universities, and support for the State film library.
Title V / Prevention
The goal of Idaho’s Title V Delinquency Prevention Program is the reduction of juvenile delinquency by supporting community collaboration by providing their children, families and institutions with the knowledge, skills and opportunities necessary to foster a health and nurturing environment.
The objectives of the program are:
- To aid communities in forming coalitions and developing collaborations that mobilize a community to direct delinquency prevention planning.
- To aid communities in identifying risk factors within their community. Projects funded under Title V seek to reduce the risk factors viewed as high priority by a community.
- To aid communities in developing local comprehensive delinquency prevention plans that strengthen existing protective factors, fill in gaps where protective factors are lacking, and help communities identify assets in youth.
- To develop and implement local comprehensive delinquency prevention strategies that use and coordinate federal, state, local and private resources for establishing services for at-risk youth and their families.
- To provide resources to communities to implement delinquency prevention programs, monitor their progress, and make necessary modifications through collaborative community-wide planning efforts.