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U.S. Department of Justice: Youth with Sexual Behavior Problems Program

Deadline: June 29, 2017

The Youth with Sexual Behavior Problems Program aims to prevent sexual reoffending, promote healing, and provide services for victims and families. The program will assist communities in developing a multidisciplinary, comprehensive approach to providing treatment services and community supervision for youth with sexual behavior problems and treatment services to the victims and families of these youth. The program will focus on interfamilial and/or coresidential child victims and youth with problematic sexual behaviors. Examples of these types of sexual behaviors include, but are not limited to, sexual contact between children who do not know each other well (i.e., foster home or institutional setting); sexual contact between children of different ages, sizes, and developmental levels; aggressive or coerced sexual contact; sexual contact that causes harm to the child or others; and sexual contact that causes another child to be highly upset and/or fearful.

The program expects to new project sites and provide training and technical assistance to these new sites on comprehensive, multidisciplinary approaches to treating youth with sexual behavior problems and their child victims. The program will focus on interfamilial and/or coresidential sexual misconduct by youth ages 9 to 14 and provide adjunctive support services to child victims and families who have been victimized. Applicants should propose comprehensive, evidence-based intervention strategies for serving both the child victim(s) and the youth with sexual behavior problems and their parents/caregivers. Program models that have been shown to be effective with this target population include, but are not limited to, the use of cognitive-behavioral or psychoeducational interventions (i.e., trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy, group therapy, support groups, and multisystemic therapy). In addition, applicants should be aware that implementing evidence-based services for yo uth with problematic sexual behaviors, child victims, and families requires dedication to service coordination. Previous successful efforts by grantees have included hiring a family advocate or similar position for recruitment, engagement, coordination, and follow-through for services for families.

Amount: Two awards of up to $300,000 each for a 24 month project period.

Eligibility: States (including territories), units of local government, federally recognized tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior), nonprofit 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=293842

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