September 13, 2022
(Washington, DC) – US Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee which funds the Department of Justice (DOJ), announced with U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Reps. Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) that the DOJ has awarded $607,526 to the Department of Health and Human Services in the New Hampshire. Funding comes from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention of the Office of Justice Programs.
The funding will support law enforcement training to address biases and disparities in interactions with people of color, especially minors. Bias awareness training will include input from community advocates, businesses, and mental health and health professionals to promote the success of young Granite Staters. Additional funds will also go to early prevention programs in rural communities and research on mental health and delinquency.
“Young Granite Staters in need should have access to the resources necessary to build happy and successful lives. Young people often fall into patterns of delinquency because they lack access to the resources and services that are essential to their safety and growth. This funding will make a real difference in addressing racial bias in law enforcement treatment and ensuring community leaders have tools for early prevention and rehabilitation – helping young Granite States stay on the path to recovery. hit “, said Senator Shaheen. “As chairman of the Senate subcommittee that funds the DOJ, I will continue to secure investments that build a better future for the next generation of leaders.”
“These federal dollars will help strengthen the work New Hampshire Police Departments do with youth, including focusing on mental health support and delinquency prevention in the first place,” said Senator Hassan. “I will continue to work to ensure our men and women in uniform have the tools they need to better serve Granite State communities.”
“This federal funding for New Hampshire will help ensure local law enforcement is trained and prepared to de-escalate and respond to crisis in difficult or complex situations,” Says Representative Kuster. “This funding will help law enforcement address racial bias, prevent hate crimes, and protect young Granite Staters. I will continue to work to ensure New Hampshire law enforcement officers have the tools and resources they need to keep our communities safe while addressing racial disparities and ensuring that everybody has the possibility of blossom.”
“To help our young people build a better future, we must tackle juvenile delinquency and break the patterns that lead to it. These funds will support our youth by funding law enforcement training, supporting community programs and early prevention efforts, and researching the links between delinquency and mental health,” Rep. Pappas says. “Going forward, I will continue to fight to bring resources to New Hampshire that will help all Granite State youth thrive.”
Senator Shaheen is a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee for Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS), which funds the Department of Justice. In the Senate Democrats’ proposal for the Government Funding Legislation for FY 2023, Senator Shaheen worked to add $240.5 million to the Office of Justice and Office of PSC grant programs to support efforts to improve police-community relations. This is an increase of $39.5 million, or 20%, over the funding level adopted for fiscal year 2022. This funding will support training programs for law enforcement officers on the de-escalation, implicit bias and crisis intervention, as well as hate crime prevention and community violence response programs.