Reinvestment & structure

Strategic Goal: Utah will allocate resources toward evidence based approaches in its juvenile justice system with a focus on front end services. Ensure efficient allocation of roles, responsibilities, and resources with respect to maximizing outcomes.

Oversight Requirements & Progress

The JJOC is tasked with making reinvestment and system structure recommendations.


1. Recommendations

The JJOC will review averted costs from reductions in out-of-home placements for juvenile justice youth placed with the Division of Juvenile Justice Services and the Division of Child and Family Services, and make recommendations to prioritize the reinvestment and realignment of resources into community-based programs for youth living at home, including the following:

i. statewide expansion of:

   A. receiving centers;

   B. mobile crisis outreach teams, as defined in Section 78A-6-105;

   C. youth courts; and

   D. victim-offender mediation;

ii. statewide implementation of nonresidential diagnostic assessment;

iii. statewide availability of evidence-based programs and practices including cognitive behavioral and family therapy programs for minors assessed by a validated risk and needs assessment as moderate or high risk;

iv. implementation and infrastructure to support the sustainability and fidelity of evidence-based juvenile justice programs, including resources for staffing, transportation, and flexible funds; and early intervention programs such as family strengthening programs, family wraparound services, and proven truancy interventions (HB 239 lines 2166 - 2183).


Progress Summary

Since FY 2018, millions of dollars have been deployed to front end services. In addition, over $9 million dollars has been placed in the Juvenile Justice Reinvestment Restricted Account.

Tactical Plans

  • Targeted reinvestment with a race and equity lens.

2. Alignment of Resources

Analyze the alignment of resources and the roles and responsibilities of agencies, such as the operation of early intervention services, receiving centers, and diversion, and make recommendations to reallocate functions as appropriate (HB 239 lines 2187 - 2190).

Progress Summary

Tactical Plans