Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $300,000)
The Youth with Sexual Behavior Problems (YSBP) Program provides funding to support the development of effective treatment programs for youth with sexual behavior problems and their child victims and provide intervention and supervision services for the offending youth. The models to be developed include a multidisciplinary approach and provide intervention and supervision services for youth (ages 10-14) with sexual behavior problems, their child victims and their families.
The Youth Services Institute (YSI) at the University of Alabama works to prevent future offenses and increase community safety by providing community-based treatment services to youth with sexual behavior problems. Tuscaloosa Children's Center (TCC), a child advocacy center, provides forensic interviews counseling and advocacy for child abuse victims. In order to implement the Multidisciplinary Approach to Preventing Sexual-Abuse (MAPS), YSI is partnering with TCC to develop a multidisciplinary approach that will expand the community impact of both agencies. Utilizing cognitive behavioral therapy, YSI will provide treatment for youth with sexual behavior problems ages 9-14 in pre or post adjudication status. TCC will provide support and intervention for victims and their families to promote healing and address multidimensional issues. Tuscaloosa County Juvenile Court and other members of a community multidisciplinary team will refer children to the program and provide support services. At least one family/household member of each youth with sexual behavior problems is required to participate in treatment. MAPS will provide comprehensive, multidisciplinary treatment and services for a total of 150 individuals over the grant period (45 youth with sexual behavior problems, 60 caregivers, and 45 victims). This will increase by approximately 50% the number of youth and families who receive age-appropriate, evidence-based treatment in Tuscaloosa County for sexual behavior problems. CA/NCF