Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $750,000)
OVCs mission is to enhance the Nations capacity to assist crime victims and provide leadership in changing attitudes, policies, and practices to promote justice and healing for all victims of crime. OVC achieves this mission, in part, by administering discretionary award programs supported by the federal Crime Victims Fund to develop innovative training and technical assistance, and to provide direct services to improve the overall quality of victim assistance. The purpose of the FY 2018 Enhancing Community Responses to the Opioid Crisis: Serving Our Youngest Crime Victims is to address an urgent gap in crime victim services related to the opioid epidemic and to expand upon existing or establish new programs to provide services to children and youth who are victimized as a result of the opioid crisis. The overarching goal of this program is to support children and youth who are crime victims as a result of the opioid crisis by providing direct services and support to these young victims at a community or jurisdictional level.
With this award, Cayuga Counseling Services, Inc.proposed project will, develop and execute a multidisciplinary coordinated response to the creation of non-existing services for children and youth up to age 18, residing in Cayuga County, who have been victimized of the opioid crisis. Funds will support a multidisciplinary treatment intervention, provide psychotherapy, support and advocacy services, and educate the community. Funds will also be used to provide Evidence-based Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to treat the children served through this program. Therapy and advocacy services will be available throughout the county and provided at locations that will address intervention and treatment barriers including, but not limited to, in the home, in satellite offices and at the Agencys Child Advocacy Center.