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Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth Technical Assistance Project

Award Information

Award #
2014-VF-GX-K014
Location
Awardee County
Washoe
Congressional District
Status
Closed
Funding First Awarded
2014
Total funding (to date)
$1,850,000

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2014, $500,000)

The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) launched the Vision 21: Linking Systems of Care Initiative in response to recommendations in its Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services Final Report (Vision 21) and the final report released by the Attorney General's National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence. Recommendations in both reports aim to improve youth outcomes by addressing the enduring issue of child and youth victimization. Victimization, left unaddressed, can have serious, long-lasting consequences for children's physical and mental health. Research demonstrates that trauma left untreated can manifest into a range of physical, emotional, and behavioral problems. Although many systems exist to respond to the negative results of trauma and victimization, these systems often fail to communicate and collaborate effectively to get to the root of the problem. OVC's Linking Systems of Care Initiative involves a three-tiered response to improve services to this victim population by: 1) establishing demonstration sites to develop coordinated approaches to identify and serve child victims across systems; 2) dedicating technical assistance (TA) resources to support the demonstration sites' efforts; and, 3) evaluating the policies, procedures and protocols established by the demonstration sites to ensure the coordinated approaches established are grounded in evidence and improve outcomes for those served.

In April 2014, OVC released the FY 2014 Vision 21: Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth Technical Assistance Project solicitation concurrently with a competitive solicitation to select the demonstration sites. Through this solicitation, OVC sought a dedicated TA provider to support the state-level demonstration sites. This award will provide the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges with $500,000 to provide dedicated TA resources that assist the participating demonstration sites in the planning and development of coordinated strategies to identify, intervene, and treat child and youth victims, their families and caregivers.

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The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) launched the Vision 21: Linking Systems of Care Initiative in response to recommendations in its Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services Final Report (Vision 21) and the final report released by the Attorney General's National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence. Recommendations in both reports aim to improve youth outcomes by addressing the enduring issue of child and youth victimization. Victimization, left unaddressed, can have serious, long-lasting consequences for children's physical and mental health. Research demonstrates that trauma left untreated can manifest into a range of physical, emotional, and behavioral problems. Although many systems exist to respond to the negative results of trauma and victimization, these systems often fail to communicate and collaborate effectively to get to the root of the problem. OVC's Linking Systems of Care Initiative involves a three-tiered response to improve services to this victim population by: 1) establishing demonstration sites to develop coordinated approaches to identify and serve child victims across systems; 2) dedicating technical assistance (TA) resources to support the demonstration sites' efforts; and, 3) evaluating the policies, procedures and protocols established by the demonstration sites to ensure the coordinated approaches established are grounded in evidence and improve outcomes for those served. In April 2014, OVC released the FY 2014 Vision 21: Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth Technical Assistance Project solicitation concurrently with a competitive solicitation to select the demonstration sites. Through this solicitation, OVC sought a dedicated TA provider to support the state-level demonstration sites. FY 2015 funding supports continued support of this work. With this award, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges with provide dedicated TA resources that assist the participating demonstration sites in the development and implementation of coordinated strategies to identify, intervene, and treat child and youth victims, their families and caregivers. NCA/NCF

The Vision 21: Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth Demonstration Project was developed based on the findings of two reports--OVC's Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services (Vision 21) Report and the Attorney General's National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence (Task Force Report). Both reports emphasized the need for comprehensive and systemic approaches and the importance of collaborative and comprehensive responses and services to crime victims. IN FY 2014, OVC sought state-level demonstration sites that would bring all of the relevant systems and professionals together to establish a coordinated approach to ensure that every child entering these systems is assessed for victimization, that children and their families are provided comprehensive and coordinated services to fully address their needs, and that practices and policies are established to sustain this approach long term. The Virginia Department of Social Services and the Montana Board of Crime Control were selected to serve as demonstration sites. The National College of Juvenile and Family Court Judges was selected to serve as the training and technical assistance provider for the initiative.

With this supplemental award, the National College of Juvenile and Family Court Judges will continue to support each state site through the provision of training and technical assistance as they begin to implement screening tools and plans for linking systems that were developed in the first phase of funding.

NCA/NCF

The Vision 21: Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth Demonstration Project was developed based on the findings from OVC's Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services (Vision 21) Report which emphasized the need for comprehensive and systemic approaches and the importance of collaborative and comprehensive responses and services to crime victims. In FY 2014, OVC sought state-level demonstration sites that would bring all of the relevant systems and professionals together to establish a coordinated approach to ensure that every child entering these systems is assessed for victimization, that children and their families are provided comprehensive and coordinated services to fully address their needs, and that practices and policies are established to sustain this approach long term. The National College of Juvenile and Family Court Judges was selected to serve as the training and technical assistance provider for the initiative.

In FY 2017, OVC is expanding the demonstration initiative to include two more state sites. With this supplemental award, the National College of Juvenile and Family Court Judges will incorporate these new states into the provision of training and technical assistance, while continuing to support the two original sites.
NCA/NCF

Date Created: September 12, 2014