Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $754,000)
The OJJDP FY 09 Earmarks Programs further the Department's mission by providing grants, cooperative agreements, and other assistance authorized by the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, as amended, to organizations identified in the Explanatory Statement Regarding H.R. 1105 (Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009), 155 Cong. Rec. H1653 (daily ed. Feb. 23, 2009) (statement by Rep. Obey, Chairman of the Committee on Appropriations of the House).
KidsPeace will establish a new therapeutic foster care program in Clark County, Nevada. Families from the community will be recruited, trained, and certified to care for children with emotional and behavioral needs. Therapeutic foster care represents an out-of-home placement alternative and is designed to address the psychological causes of the delinquent behavior. The level of care into which a child is discharged will determine long-term outcomes. Short-term outcomes will be determined through the semi-annual case reviews during which each child's treatment goals are evaluated. All KidsPeace programs are built around the KidsPeace Model of Care: six core values that include safety, dignity, relationships and belonging, empowerment, character, and transformation.
The objectives of the program include: (1) Within the first 24 months, offer therapeutic foster care to 15 children in the identified target areas; (2) Effectively train 20 therapeutic foster families within the first 24 months to meet the specialized needs of children in care; (3) Align every child in care with appropriate community mental health and medical professionals to address their psychiatric needs; (4) Provide individualized treatment planning for every child in care with the input of the children and their treatment team members; (5) Create appropriate and attainable discharge plans for the future of every youth in placement; (6)Increase the number of youth who enter a lower level of care and/or achieve permanency upon their successful completion of the program and their subsequent discharge from KidsPeace therapeutic foster care to permanency-based goal identified at intake; and (7) 75% of clients in placement at the end of the school year will achieve the goal of promotion or advancement to the next grade level.