Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $702,863)
Tarzana Treatment Centers, Inc. will use funding to address the need for integrated behavioral health and diversion services among low-income youth ages 12-17, who have been impacted by opioid and other substance use disorders (SUDs) in Los Angeles County. Proposed project goals are to: 1) expand access to culturally-competent, developmentally-appropriate, and evidence-based early intervention and SUD treatment services, including co-occurring mental health services, for low-income youth at risk for entering or reentering the juvenile justice system; 2) integrate specialized diversion programming and services for justice-involved youth SUD patients; and 3) strengthen referral pathways with juvenile justice agencies and schools, including offering on-site screening, intake and assessment services. The overall aim is to improve outcomes for high-risk youth, including a reduction in the number of first-time offenses. The applicant also received priority consideration by including policies, practices, and /or procedures that are responsive to DOJ priorities.