Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $499,252)
This program will implement projects that enhance services for older victims of abuse and financial exploitation. This program is intended to improve outcomes, minimize additional trauma, and restore safety and security to older adult victims of abuse and financial exploitation. This award, made to Apache Behavioral Health Services (ABHS), funded under OVC FY 2020 Enhancing Services for Older Victims of Abuse and Financial Exploitation program, is designed to support communities in providing services to older victims of abuse and exploitation. To build effective partnerships for integrating behavioral health services for elderly victims within Fort Apache Indian Reservation, ABHS will leverage mental health professional staff, meeting space and materials to provide evidence-based, evidence informed, trauma and resilience informed mental health treatment services to elders and their caregivers. ABHS will enhance the current wrap-around service delivery model to ensure continuous delivery of direct services from assessment to discharge, by establishing and developing partnerships with both the White Mountain Apache Tribal Court and Social Services, Indian Health Services Whiteriver Service Unit, and WMAT Elder Services Program. ABHS will develop psychoeducational trainings/handouts to engage and raise community awareness about abuse of older victims and the impact to their mental health. ABHS will develop and implement strategic planning to sustain victim service integration efforts post-grant award, improve victim outcomes, maintain data, and share best practices and lessons learned.