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Addressing Children's Exposure to Violence: A National Policy Academy on Juvenile Justice, Behavioral Health, and Trauma

Award Information

Award #
2013-CV-BX-K001
Location
Congressional District
Status
Closed
Funding First Awarded
2013
Total funding (to date)
$791,172

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $491,172)

OJJDP's State and Community Development Awards program was established to provide grants and cooperative agreements to organizations that OJJDP has selected for funds in prior years. This program has been authorized by an Act appropriating funds for the Department of Justice.

The goal of this initative is to increase the capacity of states to oversee the implementation of model public policy initiatives to reduce children's exposure to violence and to adopt and implement the recommendations of the Attorney General's Task Force on Children's Exposure to Violence. Policy Research Associates will implement a policy academy, a process designed to help jurisdictions develop improved policies and practices to address a specific issue. The goal of this initiative, "Addressing Children's Exposure to Violence: A National Policy Academy on Juvenile Justice, Behavioral Health, and Trauma," is to bring together multi-disciplinary teams of key stakeholders from states across the country to reduce children's overall exposure to violence, and to develop and implement effective approaches for reducing the impact of exposure to violence specifically for youth in contact with the juvenile justice system. State teams will receive specialized technical assistance on critical issues, such as behavioral health services and the juvenile justice system, integrated trauma screening and assessment, evidence-based practices, and violence prevention. States will develop and implement sustainable strategic plans to enhance the ability of the jurisdiction to achieve better outcomes for youth and reduce the impact of exposure to violence for youth in the juvenile justice system.

NCA/NCF

OJJDP's State and Community Development Awards program was established to provide grants and cooperative agreements to organizations that OJJDP has selected for funds in prior years. This program has been authorized by an Act appropriating funds for the Department of Justice.

Policy Research Associates, Inc. (PRA) will use a competitive process in close coordination with OJJDP to identify up to three new states to join the Defending Childhood State Policy Initiative. Preference will be given to the states currently funded through the OJJDP Smart on Juvenile Justice state reform initiative (Hawaii, Georgia and Kentucky). PRA will provide training and technical assistance to the selected states to support their efforts to develop strategic plans for identifying, screening, assessing, and treating children who suffer from trauma caused by witnessing or experiencing violence in their homes, schools, or communities. PRA will also continue to provide follow up training and technical assistance to the current participants in the Defending Childhood State Policy Initiative -- Massachusetts, California, and Michigan. Progress of this initiative will be measured through technical assistance provided, number of state leaders participating in a State Policy Meeting, development of strategic plans, and implementation of planned reforms.

NCA/NCF

Date Created: September 16, 2013