Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $1,000,999)
The OJJDP FY 2018 Opioid Affected Youth Initiative will fund sites to develop a data-driven coordinated response to identify and address challenges resulting from opioid abuse that are impacting youth and community safety. Category 1: Implementing Data-Driven Strategies and Programs Through Strategic Partnerships will support states, units of local government, and/or tribal governments to (1) develop a multidisciplinary task force with working groups to identify specific areas of concern; (2) collect and interpret data that will assist the task force in developing strategies and programming that will be used to better coordinate response efforts and resources; and (3) implement services that will address public safety concerns, intervention, prevention, and diversion services for children, youth, and families directly impacted by opioid abuse.
Miami-Dade County (MDC) will use funding to work in partnership with representatives from law enforcement, education, probation and community supervision, juvenile court, mental health service providers, medical physicians/examiners, prosecutors, community-based organizations that address substance abuse, child welfare agencies, child protective services, first responders, and other community health agencies to implement the Opioid Affected Youth Initiative. MDC will deploy the Opioid Addiction Task Force to develop and implement a data-driven, coordinated response to address the abuse of opioids; develop strategies to improve service coordination that will address public safety concerns, such as training, intervention, prevention, and diversion programs for children, youth, and families directly impacted by opioid abuse; implement coordinated delivery services and programs that will address public safety concerns for children, youth, and families directly impacted by opioid abuse; and facilitate the delivery of new, enhanced and/or expanded services in the community to improve public safety and outcomes for children, youth, and their families impacted by the opioid crisis in south Florida. CA/NCF