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Opioid Affected Youth Initiative Training and Technical Assistance

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $1,500,000)

The Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR) will reduce opioid use in communities through youth-centered, data-driven tools and resources that focus on training, project infrastructure development, program implementation, and sustainment for the Opioid Affected Youth Initiative (OAYI) grant recipients. Through strategic partnerships with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) and the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP), they propose to support the development of TTA resources and tools and engage youth and improve service delivery in response to challenges associated with opioid use and misuse.

IIR’s support, in collaboration with OJJDP, will provide site- and cross-site-specific assistance to the OAYI grantees throughout the planning and implementation phases of the initiative, supporting project sites and their communities as well as communities across the country in the following areas:  (1) consistently educate and emphasize the idea of equal rights for all, including the right to be informed and treated with dignity, respect, and sensitivity; (2) are trauma-informed and victim-centered; and (3) engage law enforcement officers in collaborative responses to address the impact of opioid use and misuse, in alignment with the implementation of programs that identify, respond to, treat, and support impacted youth and families to ensure public safety.

Date Created: November 15, 2021