Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $500,000)
The Juvenile Justice System Enhancements program will support efforts to enhance systems that address public safety by holding offenders accountable and supporting child victims. This includes the juvenile justice system as well as those agencies responsible for investigating and prosecuting online child exploitation.
The city of Lincoln in Lancaster County, Nebraska is seeking federal funding to enhance their current juvenile justice system. The target population for services funded through this project include (1) youth in crisis who are ineligible for admission to the psychiatric unit, (2) youth and families experiencing a crisis and have come in contact with law enforcement, (3) youth who are brought to a shelter but are too high risk or aggressive to remain there, and (4) youth who are found who had been reported as a missing or runaway youth. Funding will provide immediate trauma-informed crisis response and evidence-based aftercare community services. Assessments will be completed with all youth and family to screen for suicidal ideologies and victimization. Individualized treatment and safety plans will be developed based on the outcomes of the assessments. CA/NCF