Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $699,994)
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 Americas Drug Crisis to support direct services to children and youth who are crime victims as a result of the nations addiction crisis.
This award made to the Kellin Foundation is funded under OVC FY2020 Enhancing Community Responses to Americas Addiction Crisis: Serving Our Youngest Crime Victims. The Kellin Foundation aims to establish the Seeds of Hope program with the purpose of expanding our communitys capacity to realize, recognize, and respond to youth crime victims impacted by addiction through the implementation of trauma-informed service practices (SAMHSA, 2014). This project will (1) enhance community coordination and mobilization to respond to the needs of youth victims of the addiction crisis in our community; and, (2) increase access by delivering evidence-based, trauma-informed treatment and services to youth crime victims impacted by the addiction crisis. Project activities include providing specialized trauma-informed services to 450 youth victims (ages 0-18 years) impacted by addiction. All direct services will be evidence-based and trauma-informed, with services including case management and referrals, advocacy, assessment, and trauma counseling using an integrated approach that addresses mental health, substance use, and trauma victimization