Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $750,000)
OVCs mission is to enhance the nations capacity to assist crime victims and provide leadership in changing 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 this solicitation 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 the result of the opioid crisis. Projects selected under this solicitation will support service providers in expanding their current scope and expertise to ensure that children and youththe most vulnerable victims impacted by the opioid crisisare supported as they heal from the impact of crime and substance abuse.
With this award, Mountain Comprehensive Care Center (MCCC) will provide in-home treatment and recovery services to support school-aged children and youthages 5-18who are victimized as a result of the opioid crisis in the Big Sandy Region (Floyd, Johnson, Magoffin, Martin, and Pike Counties) situated in rural eastern Kentucky and central Appalachia. This grant will enable MCCC to expand its in-home services program to specifically target children and youth victimized by the substance abuse and opioid crisis. The team will work collaboratively with multidisciplinary partners including police, health care, social services, and existing victim service providers to ensure young victims are identified quickly and referred for services.