Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $350,000)
The Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) serves as a single solicitation for existing tribal government-specific grant programs administered by the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention provides awards under CTAS Purpose Area 8 - Juvenile Healing to Wellness Courts. The overall purpose of this grant program is to support tribes seeking to develop a new Juvenile Healing to Wellness Court to respond to the alcohol and substance use issues of juveniles and young adults under the age of 21.
The Blackfeet Juvenile Healing to Wellness Court Project will offer a culturally relevant alternative to jail that will help juvenile participants, aged 12-18, make life changing connections to the positive values and healing methods of the Blackfeet people; all while receiving services in evidence-based treatment models for behavioral health and addiction. In addition, the project has already established a strong multidisciplinary staffing team and advisory committee who will continue to collaborate to provide each youth participant the best individualized treatment program and offer community support to assist the youth in achieving success. This will be a holistic and collaborative approach to reduce juvenile delinquency and addiction, increase treatment services, cultural connectedness, and empower the most vulnerable youth.