Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Corrections Standards Authority Funds Local Anger Management, Youth Violence Prevention Training

26 Counties to Receive $1.1 Million in Technical Assistance Grants

SACRAMENTO – The Corrections Standards Authority (CSA) today launched California’s Anger Management and Youth Violence Prevention Training and Technical Assistance Project that will provide $1.1 million in federal Juvenile Accountability Block Grant (JABG) funding to 26 county probation departments for new or enhanced management and violence prevention training programs. The project will target youths statewide in juvenile halls, camps, ranches and on probation.

The JABG funds utilized for this project were set aside for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s California Reduction Intervention and Prevention (CalGRIP) initiative aimed at combating gang and youth violence. The Office of Gang and Youth Violence Policy, which coordinates statewide gang and youth violence efforts, recommended that the JABG funds be used to implement an evidenced-based model of training in anger management and violence prevention for juvenile offenders.

“I am pleased to announce these grants to help counties reduce youth violence,” said Matthew Cate, Secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and CSA Chairman. “We look forward to continue working with our local law enforcement partners to curb youth violence before it starts.”

The intent of the project is to provide probation departments with a sustainable anger management and youth violence prevention training so staff can deliver effective evidenced-based programming to youth. The funds will be used by probation departments to contract for services with qualified anger management and youth violence prevention training vendors.

The Corrections Standards Authority through the Corrections Planning and Programs Division (CPPD) develops, administers and evaluates programs designed to improve the effectiveness of state and local correctional systems and enhance public safety. In carrying out its responsibilities, the CPPD works closely with federal, state and local government agencies, as well as the private sector and nonprofit service providers, to foster collaborative approaches for addressing crime and delinquency. The CPPD provides extensive technical assistance and training to state and local agencies as well as grantees.

Click here for a list of Counties receiving grants