Juvenile Diversion




Only district attorney juvenile diversion programs or programs designated to receive funding by the DA or DCJ should complete this plan.


State-Funded Diversion Allocations

Juvenile Diversion funds are issued by the State of Colorado, Department of Public Safety, Division of Criminal Justice (DCJ), in conjunction with the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Council. DCJ is the sole point of contact concerning these funds and all communications must be made through the Division of Criminal Justice. Funds are allocated to each judicial district pursuant to CRS 19-2.5-401, based on a formula that consists of a percentage for juvenile-age population, poverty rate, and juvenile population per square mile.

Each year, District Attorneys will have an opportunity to accept, waive, or decline the allocation for their respective judicial districts. Should the District Attorney elect to waive funds, they may specify an entity and an amount of funding to waive. If a District Attorney declines to accept any state juvenile diversion funding, DCJ will pursue other entities within that judicial district that may provide juvenile diversion services at its discretion.

The following amounts are available for State Fiscal Years 2020-21, 2021-22, 2022-23, and 2023-24.

Judicial District Allocation for FY21-24 Judicial District Allocation for FY21-24
1 $187,787 12 $75,000
2 $215,000 13 $75,000
3 $75,000 14 $75,000
4 $289,742 15 $75,000
5 $75,000 16 $75,000
6 $120,415 17 $239,641
7 $129,954 18 $403,106
8 $204,411 19 $153,000
9 $117,254 20 $117,000
10 $86,000 21 $140,398
11 $75,000 22 $75,000

Approved Formula Methodology

The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Council approved the following methodology for Juvenile Diversion allocations for FY20-21, FY21-22, and FY22-23.

  • All Judicial Districts will receive at least $75,000. This is called “the base.”
  • Judicial Districts that received money in the competitive juvenile diversion grant process will be “held harmless,” meaning that Judicial District will receive the same amount as in the competitive FY19-20 funding opportunity.
  • Some JDs would be allocated a lesser amount of funds than originally announced in an email to elected DAs in December 2019. DCJ will honor the allocation amounts from that communication.

Reallocation Process

Once the fiscal year is underway, DCJ will analyze program budgets to see if any judicial district has budgeted an amount under their allocation, or declined funds entirely. In August of each year, if there are any such "unclaimed" funds, DCJ will send an announcement to each program director that additional funds may be available. DCJ will work with the JJDP Council to determine the Council's role in reviewing requests for additional funding from these "unclaimed" funds. DCJ will seek the Council's input to determine a standard way of prioritizing reallocated funds, should the need arise. Staff will then use contract modification documents to move money between programs in order to reduce or increase allocations as necessary. In the event that "unclaimed" funds stem from declined funding from a DA's office, DCJ will take steps to allocate funding for juvenile diversion programming to other agencies in that judicial district at its discretion.

Additionally, in January of each year, the division will manage reallocations for "unspent" or "underutilized" funds in a manner similar to the current reallocation process for Juvenile Diversion funds. After the 2nd quarter ends, the division will send an announcement to each program director with instructions to provide an estimate of their projected year-end balance and rationale for that calculation including variables like caseloads and services to be offered. If there are funds that are projected to be returned, staff will work with those programs to adjust their contract documents so that it can reallocate those funds to programs that may indicate a need.


There are no state fiscal rules that preclude supplanting. However, the intent of the funding is to allow for the expansion of diversion to more eligible juveniles into jurisdictions not previously running such programs, to expand services within existing programs, and to provide resources to assist in the screening process required in CRS 19-2.5-401.

Participating agencies are therefore encouraged to use the money to supplement existing diversion programming or implement new programming rather than use the allocation to replace current dollars.


Staff Contact Information

Kate Ferebee

Colorado Division of Criminal Justice, OAJJA
700 Kipling St. Denver, CO 80215
Direct: (720) 591-1710
Toll Free: (800) 201-1325
Fax: (303) 239-4491
E-mail: kate.ferebee@state.co.us

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