The Juvenile Programs and Interventions Division administers state grant programs in relation to the Juvenile Services Act (Neb. Rev. Stat. Sections 43-2401 to 43-2412), specifically Community-Based Juvenile Services Aid Program (CBA), Community-based Juvenile Services Enhancement Aid Program (EB), and Juveniles Services Commission Grant Program (JS). Funding acquired through participation in these grant programs is used to support programs and services that will divert juveniles from the juvenile justice system, impact and effectively treat juveniles within the juvenile justice system, and reduce the juvenile detention population or assist juveniles in transitioning from out-of-home placements to in-home treatments.
In addition to administering grant programs, the division provides technical assistance and guidance for the development of comprehensive juvenile services plans; provides technical assistance and guidance to juvenile pretrial diversion programs for implementing evidence-based strategies or standardized, replicable practices that have been researched and have demonstrated positive outcomes; assists juvenile pretrial diversion program directors, county attorneys, district probation officers acting under section 29-2258, and county boards in developing policies and practices that achieve the goals of quality juvenile pretrial diversion programs; assists juvenile justice system stakeholders in developing policies and practices that are research-based or standardized and reliable and are implemented with fidelity and which have been researched and demonstrate positive outcomes; and participates in collaborative relationships with juvenile justice system stakeholders, providing education and training.
Community-Based Juvenile Services Aid Program (CBA)
The Community-Based Juvenile Services Aid Program (CBA) is formula based aid to counties, multiple counties, federally recognized or state-recognized Indian tribe or tribes, or any combination of the three, for purposes consistent with the Juvenile Services Act and the federal act, and shall be used to aid in the establishment and provision of community-based services for juveniles who come in contact with the juvenile justice system. (Statutory Reference §43-2404.02)
In accordance with Nebraska Revised Statute §43-2404.02(3)(f) view Section 011 of Title 75, Chapter 1 for the Community-Based Juvenile Services Aid Appeals Process.
Community-Based Juvenile Services Enhancement Aid Program (EB)
Any Community-based Juvenile Services aid not distributed to counties or tribes is retained by the commission to be distributed on a competitive basis under the Community-based Juvenile Services Aid Program for a county, multiple counties, federally recognized or state-recognized Indian tribe or tribes, or any combination of the three demonstrating additional need in the funding areas. (Statutory reference §43-2404.02(3)(e)).
Juveniles Services Commission Grant Program (JS)
The Juvenile Services Commission Grant Program (JS) is a competitive grant available to community-based agencies or organizations, political subdivisions, school districts, and federally recognized or state-recognized Indian tribes to aid in the establishment of programs or services for juveniles consistent with the Juvenile Services Act and the federal act. (Statutory reference §§ 43-2401 to 43-2412).
The division is responsible for fostering, promoting, researching, and assessing juvenile pretrial diversion programs and developing new programs in collaboration with cities and counties across the state of Nebraska. The Director establishes baseline program guidelines for juvenile pretrial diversion programs based on evidence-based practices, principles, programs, and research; compiles and maintains juvenile diversion data collection; and generates an annual report on juvenile pretrial diversion programs. All diversion programs must submit juvenile diversion data to the Director annually. (Statutory Reference § 43-260.07 and §81-1427).
The Nebraska Juvenile Pretrial Diversion Guidelines, Tool Kits, and best practices resources can be found in the Juvenile Justice Resources tab here https://ncc.nebraska.gov/juvenile-justice-resources
Community Comprehensive Juvenile Services Plan
To be eligible for grant programs under the Juvenile Services Act, applicants must develop and submit comprehensive community plans to the Crime Commission. The plan must be developed by a comprehensive community team representing juvenile justice stakeholders. The plan must be based on data relevant to juvenile and family issues and identify clear implementation strategies. (Neb. Rev. Stat. 43-2404.01)
- Community Comprehensive Juvenile Services Plans
- Community Planning Manual
- Community Planning Template
Additionally, all counties must have a county juvenile services plan that meets the requirements of Neb. Rev. Stat. 43-3504, submitted to the Crime Commission.
Juvenile Case Management System (JCMS)
All recipients of Community-based Juvenile Services Aid and Juvenile Services Commission Grant Program funding must report individual level data of youth served and quarterly activity narratives into the Juvenile Case Management System (JCMS). Individual certificates assigned by agency and program type are required to access JCMS within the secure Nebraska Criminal Justice Information System (NCJIS) data portal. To request a certificate to access JCMS or make any changes to an existing certificate, please contact Erin Wasserburger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For other issues with JCMS please contact the JCMS Helpdesk at NCC.JCMSHelpdesk@nebraska.gov. JCMS related resources can be found below.
Financial Grant Reporting – GrantVantage
Juvenile Programs and Interventions division utilizes GrantVantage as the online grant management system for all grant awards. GrantVantage Resources can be found below. To request a license for GrantVantage, please contact Charlotte Goulette at Charlotte.Goulette@Nebraska.gov.
Grant Management Resources and Forms
Evidence Based – Nebraska Evaluations
The Crime Commission contracts with the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Juvenile Justice Institute, for the evaluation of the use of funds and the evidence of the effectiveness of programs or outcomes in the Community-based Juveniles Services Aid Program. Please visit the Evidence Based – Nebraska page for program definitions and resources, JCMS guides, and evaluation reports. (https://www.jjinebraska.org/)
Nebraska Coalition for Juvenile Justice
The Nebraska Coalition for Juvenile Justice (NCJJ) is a coalition established pursuant to the Juvenile Services Act, and is the State Advisory Group (SAG) for purposes of the federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Act. The Coalition makes funding recommendations to the commission on the awarding of grants under the Juvenile Services Act; reports annually to the Governor, Legislature, and DHHS on statewide recommendations relevant to juvenile justice; and formulates, adopts, and promulgates recommendations and guidelines for programs and services to meet the purpose and objectives of the Juvenile Services Act and the federal act. Members of the Coalition are Governor appointed. (Statutory Reference §§ 43-2411 to 2412).
- Juvenile Services Act (Sections 43-2401 to 43-2412)
- Commission Grant Program (43-2404)
- Comprehensive Juvenile Services Plans (43-2404.01)
- Community-based Juvenile Services Aid (43-24040.02)
- Juvenile Diversion (Sections 43-260.02 to 43-260.07 and 81-1427)
- Nebraska County Juvenile Services Plan Act (Sections 43-3501 to 43-3507)
- Sealing Records Statutes (Sections 43-2,108.01 to 43-2,108.05)
Nebraska Juvenile Aid & Juvenile Justice Conference 2020
Below are links from the Nebraska Community Aid & Juvenile Justice Conference 2020 that took place in November of 2020.
Conference session recordings: https://evenium.net/connex-me/web/#/events/100002112802/documents
Video Link: https://youtu.be/LvFDzfRu-N0
Video Link: https://youtu.be/hpdgdI9PiKQ
T. Marni Vos (Keynote)
Video Link: https://youtu.be/fipZcq7sNlQ
Scottsbluff Diversion Assets
Direct Video Link: https://youtu.be/5rtG9zDsi1g
Healing Hearts & Families (Custer County)
Direct Video Link: https://youtu.be/Ma--A0M1z9o
Direct Video Link: https://youtu.be/E-4LTAJ8dD8