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Ohio Vision 21: Linking Systems

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2017, $499,555)

The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) launched its Vision 21: Linking Systems of Care Initiative in response to recommendations from its Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services Final Report (Vision 21). 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. 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. In FY 2017, the project was expanded to invite to additional state sites to the demonstration project. The focus for this 15 month funding period is to develop coordinated strategies that ensure 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. ca/ncf

The Vision 21: Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth State Demonstration Project seeks to address the enduring issue of child and youth victimization by bringing together all of the relevant systems and professionals to establish, pilot test, and then carry out a coordinated approach. The goal of this coordinated approach is to ensure that every child and youth who interfaces with these systems—e.g., child welfare, juvenile justice, mental health, education—is assessed for victimization; provided timely and comprehensive services to fully address their needs; and that practices and policies are established to sustain this approach long term.

This program is being carried out over the course of two phases—Phase I Planning and Phase II Implementation. With this supplemental award, the Ohio Attorney General will have the additional period of time necessary to undertake a wide-reaching statewide program and to successfully demonstrate the outcomes of this program, as required by the Government Performance and Results Act. Specially, the Ohio Attorney General will finalize their strategic plan and move into the first 30 months of the Implementation phase.


Date Created: September 28, 2017