Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $440,345)
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 competitive award programs supported by the federal Crime Victims Fund to develop innovative training, technical assistance, and direct service projects designed to improve the overall quality of services delivered to crime victims.
The overall goal of Tribal Victim Service program is to provide support to Indian tribes to improve services for victims of crime. Under this program, funding supports a range of activities including needs assessment, strategic planning, program development and implementation, program expansion, and other activities to address the victim service needs of tribes.
With this award, the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa will expand mental health services by adding one full-time Tribal Mental Health Counselor who will provide victim counseling services to children and families suffering as a direct result of the Tribes substance abuse crisis and establish a collaborative referral system wherein those in crisis have priority access to the mental health counselor.