Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $200,000)
Through the Edward Byrne Memorial Congressionally Recommended Awards program, the Office of Justice Programs helps communities improve the capacity of local justice systems and supports training and technical assistance programs and other efforts that strategically target local needs. This program is authorized to organizations identified in the Text and Joint Explanatory Statement, Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009.
Boys Town Nevada, through its invitation to the FY 2009 Earmarks Programs, will provide a Family Reunification Program (FRP) for youth under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court, on probation, or at significant risk of coming into the juvenile justice system. This project will implement a program design that combines social skill development from a highly acclaimed 'promising program' and an in-home family service; thus incorporating the characteristics and factors that predict post-discharge success: well-planned reunification efforts, involvement of treatment and aftercare staff throughout the process, and thorough reiterative services linking families to community supports.
In 2007 through OJJDP's Invitational Grant Program, Boys Town developed and implemented the FRP at five Boys Town sites: Nevada, New England, Louisiana, New York, and California. This grant will allow further refinement and evaluation of the program. It is anticipated that adolescents who participate will have a reduced length of stay in residential services, be less likely to reoffend and/or require additional residential treatment, and will demonstrate improvement in behavior/emotional functioning, parent and family functioning, and adaptive living skills. Progress toward these goals will be measured by: assessing treatment fidelity, length of stay and recidivism, child behavioral/emotional functioning, and parent and family functioning. NCA/NCF