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Juvenile Justice, Washington Partnership Council on

The Washington State Partnership Council on Juvenile Justice serves in an advisory capacity to the Governor, coordinating juvenile justice and delinquency prevention and intervention related programs to ensure the efficient delivery of juvenile justice services in the state and providing an important and beneficial role by reviewing and commenting on the state’s juvenile justice and delinquency prevention needs and programs. The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974 , as amended in 2002, requires each state to establish a state juvenile justice advisory group to receive funds under the Act. The Washington State Partnership Council on Juvenile Justice serves as the state advisory group for Washington in accordance with the Act and provides information and recommendations to the Governor. The Partnership Council is the primary advisory state planning group for matters pertaining to juvenile justice in the state of Washington and operates the advisory board for all planning, administrative and funding functions of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act. It is the responsibility of the Partnership Council to provide a strong, pro-active role, providing collaborative leadership and direction, recommending innovative juvenile justice reforms and best practices for implementation; Establish priorities for the granting of federal juvenile delinquency and delinquency prevention funds; Submit, at least annually, recommendations for the improvement of the juvenile justice system to the Secretary of the Department of Social and Health Services for review and comment, to the Governor, and to the Legislature; Develop effective education, training, research, prevention, diversion, treatment and rehabilitation programs in the areas of juvenile delinquency and improvement of the juvenile justice system; and Develop and approve the state’s three-year juvenile justice comprehensive plan and implement the plan