CARSON CITY – The Division of Children and Family Services recently received over $ 1.5 million to serve youth at risk of delinquency or those who commit low-intensity crime.
Funding was provided by the Office of Juvenile Justice Prevention (OJJDP) Crime Prevention Grants Program for the 2021 fiscal year and will be used to target unfunded or underfunded services in revenue counties. the weakest in Nevada.
The DCFS Office of Juvenile Justice Programs requested these funds to support programs and efforts in Carson City, Storey, Clark, Churchill, Elko, Lyon and Washoe counties.
Crime Prevention Grant funds can be used to support programs for people aged 17 and under who are at risk of delinquency or commit low-intensity crimes and / or status-related offenses. The goal of delinquency prevention is to distract young people from deeper involvement in the juvenile justice system by meeting needs upon referral or entry into the system.
The projects expected under this award include:
– Rural Counties Mental Health and Sex Offender Assessment Fund (Carson City, Storey, Churchill, Elko, Lyon and Washoe). Many juveniles referred to the juvenile justice system do not have insurance, so these assessments are funded by state or county funds.
– Fund for a prevention project before arrest in Las Vegas. PBA is a proactive educational outreach program that involves undercover officers teaming up with Clark County School District social workers to provide delinquency prevention education to parents and youth.
There is no single cause that pushes young people to commit delinquency, but some factors are poverty, lack of supervision, drug addiction and mental health disorders. Services and / or funds to meet these needs are effective in preventing deeper system involvement.
âWe are focusing on front-end services or services aimed at preventing minors from committing further crimes,â said JJPO chief Leslie Bittleston. âIt is more efficient to provide front-line services than to house a young person in a county juvenile detention center or a state youth center. “
Delinquency is a term used specifically for young people 17 years of age and under who commit crimes. There are two types of offenses that a minor can commit:
– Status offense: This is an offense for a person 17 years of age or younger, but not for a person 18 years of age or older. Examples of status violations include running away, truancy and curfew.
– A delinquent offense: This is an offense committed by a young person aged 17 and under which would also be a crime if it were committed by a person aged 18 and over.
The funds are available from October 1, 2021 to September 30, 2026. The DCFS will collect and report annually to OJJDP the number of young people served and the outcome of the services.
Go here for more information on the Nevada Office of Juvenile Justice Programs.