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Smart on Juvenile Justice: Reducing Out-of-Home Placement Program

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)


    The FY 2017 Smart on Juvenile Justice: Reducing Out-of-Home Placement Program will strengthen and expand the use of community-based alternatives to out-of-home placement and minimize approaches based solely on control and deterrence in favor of individualized treatment and services.

    The goal of this program is to incentivize states to implement reforms to reduce their use of outof-home placement. The objectives are to:
    • Implement culturally relevant, trauma-informed approaches that address race and gender, and focus on outcomes and root causes.
    • Use validated risk and needs assessment instruments to more effectively determine whether out-of-home placement is the appropriate and necessary response to delinquent/criminal incidents.
    • Develop a continuum of community-based alternatives to detention and placement in jurisdictions that have identified a need through a comprehensive resource inventory. Typical services include, but are not limited to:
      • Education and tutorial services.
      • Service learning programs.
      • Substance use education and counseling.
      • Job skills training.
      • Mental health treatment.
      • Crisis intervention.
      • Family counseling, parenting skills development, and supports for rebuilding family relationships.
    • Develop and implement reform strategies, such as realignment and/or reinvestment, to reduce the use of out-of-home placement.
    Deliverables under this program will include developing and implementing strategic plans that will address reducing the use of out-of-home placement. The plans should be based on a thorough assessment of the use of secure confinement and a community resource inventory with identifiable reductions over a 3-year project period.

    History of Funding

    None is available.

    Additional Information

    NOTE: OJJDP envisions a transformed juvenile justice system that recognizes and builds on the strengths, values, and diversity of families and communities to best serve the children and youth who come into contact with the system and to improve both safety and quality of life for all. This system will honor and support families before, during, and after their children have contact with the system. Applicants should describe how the proposed program will include a family engagement component.


    National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center

    National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center
    Bureau of Justice Assistance
    810 Seventh Street NW
    Washington', DC 20531
    (800) 851-3420
    (301) 240-5830

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants are limited to states that are currently in compliance with the core requirements of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act.

    Deadline Details

    All applications were to be submitted by February 22, 2017.  A similar deadline is anticipated annually.

    Award Details

    Up to $750,000 was available in FY2017 for an anticipated three awards.  Individual awards may be up to $250,000 each.  Cost sharing/matching is not required.  Project periods will extend 36-months, starting October 1, 2017.


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