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The Montana Systems of Care members will expand their scope to include an agreed-upon victimization screening tool that will be applied across agencies to screen children earlier and consistently.

Award Information

Award #
Awardee County
Lewis and Clark
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2014, $380,456)

The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) launched the Vision 21: Linking Systems of Care Initiative in response to recommendations from 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 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 State Demonstration Project solicitation. Through this solicitation, OVC sought state-level demonstration sites that bring all of the relevant systems and professionals together to establish a coordinated approach to serving child and youth victims. This award will provide the Montana Board of Crime Control with $380,456 in funding to develop a coordinated approach that ensures every child entering child and family-serving state 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.


Date Created: September 12, 2014