Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $300,000)
The Youth With Sexual Behavior Problems (YSBP) Program provides funding to support development of community-based intervention models to serve youth with sexual behavior problems. The models to be developed include a multidisciplinary approach and provide intervention and supervision services for youth with sexual behavior problems, their child victims and their families.
To prevent continued offenses and help victims heal, Lena Pope is partnering with Alliance for Children (the local childrens advocacy center) to develop a multidisciplinary approach to providing treatment and community supervision for youth with sexual behavior problems and treatment for victims and families. Utilizing Project SAFeR (Safety And Family Resiliency), Lena Pope will provide treatment for offenders. Tarrant County Juvenile Services will refer children to the program as a diversion from criminal punishment after the juvenile stipulates to the offense in court. Offenders will be supervised by the Tarrant County Juvenile Sex Unit. Victim safety will be monitored by Child Protective Services. Project SAFeR uses the Problematic Sexual Behavior - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and the Illegal Sexual Behavior-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy curriculums to provide treatment for offenders and guardians, and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to provide treatment for victims. Caregivers are required to participate in treatment. Finally, Project SAFeR will provide comprehensive, multidisciplinary treatment and services for a total of 269 individuals over the grant period (89 youth with sexual behavior problems, 135 caregivers, and 45 victims who live with the offender). This will increase by 100% the number of youth and families who receive age-appropriate, evidence-based treatment in Tarrant County. CA/NCF
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