Patrick Dunckhorst is a Program Manager with the Demonstration Programs Division of OJJDP, which is part of the Office of Justice Programs within the U.S. Department of Justice. As a program manager, Mr. Dunckhorst is currently working with discretionary grants supporting grantees in Alaska, Montana, Oregon and Minnesota with a strong focus on serving Native American Tribes & Alaskan Natives under the umbrella of Tribal Youth Programs offered by OJJDP. He is responsible for programs impacting juvenile risk and protective factors, truancy, substance abuse and prevention, mental health and reentry. More specifically, some of the programs and scope within his assigned states are Tribal Youth Programs, Drug Courts, Tribal Youth Courts, Field Initiated Research, Substance Abuse Prevention/Intervention and Congressional Earmarks to include working closely with EDC, Inc., OJJDP’s current Tribal Training and Technical Assistance provider serving all Tribes throughout Alaska and the contiguous 48 states.
Prior to joining the Demonstration Programs Division, Mr. Dunckhorst served as a program manager in the Drug-Free Communities Support Program under the Office of National Drug Control Policy and as a Federal Project Officer on the joint federal agency staff of the Safe-Schools/Healthy Initiative addressing issues such as school safety, alcohol and substance abuse, truancy, youth violence, coalition building and developing community based solutions to leveraging resources in support of youth.