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H.R. 4971 (98th): Juvenile Justice, Runaway Youth, and Missing Children’s Act Amendments of 1984

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6/4/1984--Passed House amended. (Measure passed House, amended) Juvenile Justice, Runaway Youth, and Missing Children's Act Amendments of 1984 - Title I: General Provisions - Amends the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974 to make technical changes with regard to the Act's findings, purpose, and definitions. Title II: Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention - Makes changes in the Act so that it is neutral as to sex. Decreases from seven and one-half to four percent the percentage of authorized appropriations for use by the Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to implement policy. Terminates the National Advisory Committee for Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Revises certain requirements imposed on State plans receiving formula grants under the Act, including the involvement of family members in programs addressing the delinquency-related problems of juveniles and the provision of treatment to juveniles with a dependence on alcohol or drugs. Requires that State plans provide that no juvenile shall be detained or confined in any jail or lockup for adults except in certain cases of juveniles accused of nonstatus offenses who are awaiting an initial court appearance within 24 hours of custody. Revises the allocation of funds for grants and contracts with public and private non-profit agencies, organizations, or institutions, or individuals for certain activities and projects. Requires programs selected for such grants to be selected through a competitive process. Requires the Administrator to announce publicly the availability of funds for such assistance. Requires that the notification of grants and contracts and the applications for such grants be transmitted to the Chairman of the Committee on Education and Labor of the House of Representatives and the Chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary of the Senate. Requires the Administrator, acting through the National Institute for Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (Institute), to provide for a biennial national conference for the purpose of: (1) disseminating information, data, standard techniques, and program models; (2) reviewing Federal policies regarding juvenile justice; and (3) advising the Administrator, the President and the Congress. Authorizes the Institute to conduct evaluations of new programs and methods which contribute towards the prevention and treatment of juvenile delinquency. Establishes within the Institute a Law-Related Education Resource Center. Authorizes appropriations for FY 1985 through 1989. Title III: Runaway and Homeless Youth - Amends the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act to provide grants and assistance to programs that assist families. Requires the Secretary of Health and Human Services to provide assistance to potential grantees interested in establishing runaway and homeless youth centers. Authorizes the Secretary to enter into lease arrangements with States, localities, and nonprofit organizations to provide for the use of surplus Federal facilities. Repeals the section dealing with the procedure for a reorganization plan. Authorizes appropriations for FY 1984 through 1989. Title IV: Missing Children's Assistance - Missing Children's Assistance Act - Directs the Administrator to: (1) coordinate all federally-funded programs relating to missing children; (2) compile and publish an annual report evaluating Federal, State, and local research and projects relating to missing children; (3) establish and allocate a national toll-free telephone line for missing children; (4) provide assistance to State and local governments, public and private nonprofit agencies, and individuals in locating missing children; and (5) conduct a national incidence study. Establishes an Advisory Board on Missing Children. Authorizes the Administrator to make grants for research, demonstration projects, and service programs for missing children. Authorizes appropriations for FY 1984 through 1989. Title V: Effective Date - Sets forth effective dates.