Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $200,000)
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).
The Link & Option Center, Inc. (TLOC) will implement the School Suspension & Intervention Program for 50 high school students residing in South Suburban Cook County, Illinois. The overall purpose of the program is to improve outcomes for youth returning from a correctional facility and re-entering their communities. The objectives are to reduce recidivism; school suspension, truancy, and expulsion. This will be accomplished by developing an intervention program that is based on two evidence-based models. Adolescent Portable Therapy model (APT) is a best-practice therapeutic model, an intensive family and community-based intervention developed to triage the adolescent's reentry into the community and family, accompanied with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.