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The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Program will Improve Prevention and Treatment Services to Better Support Youth and Families in their Tribal Juvenile Justice System

Award Information

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Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $368,049)

Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. launched a Department-wide initiative on public safety and victim services in Tribal communities. As part of this effort, Department of Justice (DOJ) leadership conducted a series of meetings across the country addressing violent crime in Tribal communities. As a result, DOJ developed the Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2010, combining DOJ's existing Tribal government-specific competitive solicitations into one, and thus requiring only one application from each Tribe or Tribal consortium. This approach provides federally-recognized Tribes and Tribal consortia the opportunity to develop a comprehensive approach to public safety and victimization issues. This award was selected under Purpose Area #8, Prevent and control delinquency and improve the juvenile justice system (OJJDP-Tribal Youth Program - TYP), CFDA #16.731, authorized under the Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2010, Division B, Title II, Public Law 111-117, 123 Stat. 3122, 3134.

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe seeks to provide comprehensive and culturally appropriate mental health services, coordination, and support to youth and families involved with the Tribal Justice system. The Band plans to provide outreach and services for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder prevention and treatment and increase collaboration, resources and access for youth and families involved with the Tribal Justice system. The project will reach its goals and objectives by receiving ongoing judicial reviews from the Tribal Court. The project will develop and gather information to provide referrals, outreach and treatment of mental health services and the project staff will obtain training to carry out project scope, goals, objectives and grant requirements. The project is designed, and will be implemented to coordinate and provide mental health services and support for families involved in the Court system as an alternative that will serve as an intervention and prevention of future behavior. Families are projected to be engaged in the program for at least 18 months in order to receive a quality continuum of care that will effectively address the problems that brought them into the system. This project will improve the functioning of the Tribal justice system and assist Tribal communities by providing healing opportunities through mental health services. The Tribal justice system will be a vehicle to address individual and family risk factors related to safety and crime while concurrently focusing on strengths of the child and family. The Tribal Youth Strategic plan focuses on increasing developmental assets for all children and youth in the area. The project will ensure that the Tribe will have the ability to provide a culturally competent healing opportunity - something that does not currently exist for tribal children and families. Key partners of this project have been formed and are inclusive of Tribal child welfare unit, addiction and dependency unit, domestic violence unit, Tribal police department, human resources, health division, County Correction departments and District court judges as well as a handful of local non-profit agencies. Evaluation will help guide and strategize for further project development. Completion of the program and success of clients and families will provide the project with information about program achievement. CA/NCF

Date Created: September 14, 2010