Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2017, $449,594)
The primary aim of OVC's FY 2017 Vision 21 Integrated Services for Victims Program: Increasing Access to Mental Health Services for Victims of Crime (Vision 21 ISV Program) is to bridge the divide between crime victims, victim services providers, and mental health services providers so that communities are able to create a seamless network of services to assist crime victims to recover, heal, and thrive. The Vision 21 ISV Program includes five purpose areas. This project is funded under Purpose 3B: Increasing Access to Mental Health Services to Traditionally Underserved Victims of Crime. The award made under this purpose area will develop the capacity of organizations funded under Program Purpose area 3A to increase access to mental health services to crime victims who are members of traditionally underserved populations.
The National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) is a nonprofit professional membership organization whose members are responsible for administering the nation's $41 billion public mental health system across all 50 states, 4 Territories, and the District of Columbia. NASMHPD has a history of providing training and technical assistance to a diverse array of entities, including public mental health agencies, colleges and universities, and other systems who serve individuals with mental health and substance abuse disorders. Using a six point model for trauma-informed service delivery, NASMHPD will use the funding from this award to provide training and technical assistance to grantees funded under program Purpose Area 3A by : (1) planning and conducting a 2-day grantee orientation conference as well as annual conferences in years two and three of the award period; (2) completing individualized training and technical assistance assessments and plans for the delivery of training and technical assistance to each grantee; (3) create a virtual learning network to facilitate peer-to-peer learning among grantees; and (4) assist each grantee with assessing its organizational capacity to deliver trauma-informed services that incorporate peer support efforts.