The Purchase of Services for Juvenile Offenders Program provided federal and state funds to reimburse county governments for community-based services that provide alternatives to institutional treatment.
The federal dollars were provided through a grant under the FY 1998 Appropriations Act, P.L. 105-119, the Juvenile Accountability Incentive Block Grant (JAIBG) Program (CFDA #16.540). These funds were administered by the Governor's Office of Children and Families for the federal government. The state dollars are provided through a legislative appropriation to the Council of Juvenile Court Judges of Georgia .
Funds were made available through the Purchase of Services Program are used to enhance court services through court-sponsored counseling (individual/group/family), educational/tutoring programs, drug testing, psychological evaluations, community works and restitution programs, and short-term residential/non-residential therapeutic programs.
Delinquent and status offenders who were within the court's jurisdiction, but have not yet been committed to the Department of Juvenile Justice, were the target group for these services. Services were made available for purchase were only delinquent or status offender juveniles whose charges have been informally adjusted or for juveniles who are on probation.
The purpose of this grant was to reduce formal court involvement, recidivism rates, and the incarceration rates of minority offenders. Funds were available on a reimbursement basis and could only be expended only in the service areas and within the monetary limits specified.
This grant has been suspended until further future funding becomes available. Contact
at the Council for information.