Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $700,000)
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 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 Los Angeles Center for Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Inc. is funded under OVC FY2020 Enhancing Community Responses to Americas Addiction Crisis: Serving Our Youngest Crime Victims. Los Angeles Centers for Alcohol and Drug Abuse (L.A. CADA) will serve child and youth victims of substance-abuse-related crime ages 0-18 in Los Angeles County.
The project will serve 65 children/youth annually and their caregivers. L.A. CADAs direct services are trauma-informed, evidence-based, and are guided by CLAS National Standards for Cultural and Linguistic Competency in Health Care. Proposed services will: 1) increase the quality and quality of direct services, including treatment for infants suffering from neonatal abstinence syndrome, and support to children, youth, and their caregivers; 2) provide assistance or referrals to other essential services for young victims and their families/caregivers; 3) collaborate with and provide training to local partners; 4) improve outcomes for child and youth victims (health and wellbeing, family stability, school outcomes); and 5) use local data sources to identify and address the most pressing local needs.