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OJJDP State Program Manager: Provides assistance to help states and local governments achieve the system improvement goals of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Act, adhere to the core requirements of the JJDP Act, implement delinquency prevention programs, and support initiatives to hold justice-involved youth appropriately accountable for their actions. State Program Managers also administer formula and other block grants; support and coordinate community efforts to identify and respond to critical juvenile justice and delinquency prevention needs; monitor state and other grantee compliance; and provide technical assistance to their assigned states.

Juvenile Justice Specialist: Administers OJJDP's formula and block grants program, which provides grants to states to prevent and curb delinquency. Each state appoints a JJ Specialist to administer this program and to help develop the state's 3-year juvenile justice plan as required by the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, as amended. JJ Specialists work through State Planning Agencies.

State Planning Agency Director: Carries out the requirements of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, as amended.

State Advisory Group (SAG) Chair: Assists states in developing and implementing the juvenile justice plans that they submit to OJJDP every 3 years. SAGs are appointed by the state's Chief Executive Officer and consist of not less than 15 and not more than 33 members with training, experience, or other special knowledge regarding the prevention and treatment of juvenile delinquency and the administration of juvenile justice.

DMC Coordinator: Organizes the planning, implementation, and evaluation of efforts to reduce disproportionate minority contact (DMC) in the juvenile justice system. In addition to these responsibilities, the State DMC Coordinator supports the DMC subcommittee of the State Advisory Group. Most state coordinators also support and monitor DMC reduction efforts at the local level, but some states may have local coordinators who aid the local DMC coalition and organize the planning, implementation, and evaluation of DMC reduction efforts at that level.