Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2019, $450,000)
Children's Justice Act (CJA) Partnerships for Indian Communities Grant Program (Victims of Crime Act of 1984, Section 1402(g), 34 U.S.C. 20101(g) supports American Indian and Alaskan Native communities for the purpose of improving the investigation, prosecution, and handling of child abuse cases, especially cases of child sexual abuse, in a manner that increases support for and lessens trauma to child abuse victims. The funding further supports programs to provide comprehensive and coordinated multidisciplinary responses to child abuse victims and provide trauma-informed, culturally competent, holistic services to child abuse victims and their families. Funding will not be used for investigation or prosecution services.
Shinnecock Indian Nation requested funding to provide trauma informed serves to child victims of crime. With this funding, Shinnecock Indian Nation will: 1) support a part time Art Therapist to work with children who have experienced abuse/neglect and/or other violence, with their mental, physical, and emotional health by incorporating art making into the patient's counseling sessions; 2) hire a part-time case manager to provide client care by assessing treatment needs; 3) develop, monitor, and evaluate treatment plans and progress; 4) hire a part-time Administrative Assistant to maintain patient charts, direct visitors and phone calls, assist with coordination of services and supplies for the office; 5) provide emergency support to family such as care bags and temporary shelter; and 6) hire a consultant to assist in project development and identification of efficiency and effectiveness in services for OVC.