Three Year Plan


There are multiple benefits of community planning. First, community planning fosters
a greater understanding of the juvenile justice system. Community planning can also
be used to: assess current programs, identify preventive measures to keep youth from
entering the juvenile justice system, pinpoint duplication and/or gaps in services to youth
and focus on effective, research-proven strategies.
By developing a plan, communities have a voice in determining their futures. Youth
often receive the highest quality services when problem solving is done at the local level.
Community members know their communities. They understand the local history, have
a firsthand account of existing and potential issues and can quickly identify potential
collaboraters and opportunities. Most importantly, they are motivated to improve their
own communities and create a better future for their youth.
Additional benefits include:
• Enhanced collaboration among community members and agencies (both internally and
• More focused resource allocation.
• Greater access to outside resources, such as funding opportunities.
• Improved outcomes for the target population.
• The ability to control the pace of strategy development and implementation, allowing for
enhancements based upon specific needs.
• Better community and stakeholder knowledge of community planning, the juvenile
justice system and related issues.
Private and Public Funding
A community plan is often necessary in order to be eligible for many public and private
funding awards. Federal and state funding agencies may require counties or communities
to provide a comprehensive juvenile services plan to access funding. Although this
manual addresses planning activities specific to juvenile justice, a good planning process
has the potential to identify funding needs and opportunities in additional community
areas, such as public health or education.

Click the link below to read the current Sherman County Comprehensive Juvenile Services 3 Year Plan!

3 year plan