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U.S. Department of Justice: Supporting Effective Interventions for Adolescent Sex Offenders and Youth with Sexual Behavior Problems

Deadline: June 25, 2019

The Supporting Effective Interventions for Adolescent Sex Offenders and Youth with Sexual Behavior Problems program seeks to support states, communities, and tribes as they build their capacity to develop, enhance, and implement effective interventions and treatment programs for adolescent sex offenders and youth with sexual behavior problems, their child victims, and their family members/caregivers.

Under this initiative, successful applicants will have an established multidisciplinary team that (1) supports a comprehensive, holistic approach to treating adolescents who commit sex crimes and youth with sexual behavior problems, and (2) provides support services to victims and families/caregivers. This program solicitation has two categories of funding.

Category 1: Program Sites. The goal of this category is to prevent sexual reoffending by adolescent sex offenders and youth with sexual behavior problems, promote healing, and provide services for victims and families. This program will assist communities in developing comprehensive, multidisciplinary approaches to provide: (a) a continuum of intervention and supervision services for adolescent sex offenders and youth with sexual behavior problems; and (b) treatment services for their victims and families/caregivers.

Successful applicants will use grant funding to develop strategies to support a continuum of services for adolescent sex offenders and youth with sexual behavior problems. Applicants must have in place a functioning multidisciplinary team that can support a comprehensive, holistic approach to treat adolescent sex offenders, youth with sexual behavior problems, and their victims and family members/caregiver, along with a history of working with interfamilial child abuse cases. Multidisciplinary teams addressing these cases should consist of, but are not limited to: prosecutors, child welfare personnel, juvenile justice personnel, including probation and juvenile court, mental health, victim advocacy, law enforcement, and community-support providers. This team (or a subset of this team) should serve as the case staffing entity to determine service provision, including treatment, case management, and supervision for the adolescent sex offender or youth with sexual behavior problems.

Category 2: Training and Technical Assistance. The goals of Category 2 are to develop, design, and deliver training and technical assistance that supports and guides the program sites as they implement their community-based prevention, intervention, and treatment strategies for adolescent sex offenders, youth with sexual behavior problems, and their victims and families. Technical assistance needs may vary greatly depending on the current practices of each program site. Some sites may have a well-developed multidisciplinary team that addresses such cases. Others may have existing treatment services that specialize in juvenile sex offender treatment or victim/family services, and some sites may lack this capacity entirely.

Amount: Dependent upon Category, as follows:

  • Category 1: Program Sites. Up to three awards of up to $475,000 will be made for a project period of 36 months.
  • Category 2: Training and Technical Assistance. Up to one award of up to $500,000 will be made for a project period of 36 months.

Eligibility: States (including territories), units of local government, federally recognized Indian tribal governments, nonprofit organizations and for-profit organizations (including tribal nonprofit and for-profit organizations), and institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education).

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=315167

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