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Category 4: Officer Wellness

Award Information

Award #
2016-MC-FX-K023
Location
Awardee County
San Diego
Congressional District
Status
Closed
Funding First Awarded
2016
Total funding (to date)
$1,500,000

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $500,000)

This program is funded under the authority of the Providing Resources, Officers, and Technology to Eradicate Cyber Threats to Our Children Act of 2008, (P.L. 110-401, 42 USC 17601, et seq.)(The PROTECT Act). This project will develop and deliver training to assist law enforcement, policy agency command staff, prosecutors, and mental health professionals in identifying and managing vicarious trauma due to long-term and repeated exposure to child exploitation images as part of their work responsibilities.

The Innocent Justice Foundation (TIJF) will implement officer wellness training for the ICAC Task Force Program. The training will assist task force members and police agency command staff understand, manage and address the impact of repeated exposure to child sexual abuse images (CSAI) and materials. The focus will be on promoting officer mental health and well-being. TIJF will provide individual, case Study and managerial trainings for ICAC task force members and other exposed individuals through 12 regional trainings and two national conference presentations; provide four regional trainings for judges and judicial staff regarding the impact of exposure to CSAI; conduct specialized mental health professional outreach, education and mentoring through presenting at three national mental health conferences; and implement a family/social support curriculum for task forces. In addition, TIJF will develop and maintain online resources and webinars for task force members. CA/NCF

This program furthers the Department's mission by providing grants and cooperative agreements for training and technical assistance to organizations that OJJDP designates. The Supporting Heroes in Mental Health Foundational Training (SHIFT) Program offers training to ICAC task force members and other justice professionals exposed to child pornography to help them mitigate negative effects and trauma. The Innocent Justice Foundation's SHIFT program will continue to add new educational material to the website in order to make resources accessible to justice professionals worldwide on a 24/7 basis. This grant application specifically details the expansion of the Individual, Case Study and Managerial trainings for ICAC task force members and other exposed individuals. Additional trainings for judges, court personnel, mental health professionals and law enforcement leaders will be implemented. Family Support curriculum has been developed and will be offered. All trainings are evaluated with post-training reports, detailing the number of trainings, number of participants, pre- and post-test data and evaluations, and speaker and training evaluation form data. In addition, 6-month follow-up data will be collected to determine how many participants are implementing tools acquired from these training and resources. No portion of the budget will be used to conduct research. CA/NCF

This program furthers the Department's mission by providing grants and cooperative agreements for training and technical assistance to organizations that OJJDP designates.

The Innocent Justice Foundation will utilize these grant funds to offer training to Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force members and other justice professionals exposed to child pornography to help them mitigate negative effects and trauma. In addition, the Supporting Heroes In mental health Foundational Training (SHIFT) program will continue to develop and update educational material on their website in order to make resources accessible to justice professionals worldwide 24 hours a day.

CA/NCF

Date Created: September 27, 2016