Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $313,078)
OVCs mission is to enhance the Nations capacity to assist crime victims and provide leadership in changing attitudes, policies, and practices to promote justice and healing for all victims of crime. OVC achieves this mission, in part, by administering discretionary award programs supported by the federal Crime Victims Fund to develop innovative training and technical assistance, and to provide direct services to improve the overall quality of victim assistance. The purpose of the FY 2018 Enhancing Community Responses to the Opioid Crisis: Serving Our Youngest Crime Victims program is to address an urgent gap in crime victim services related to the opioid epidemic and to expand upon existing or establish new programs to provide services to children and youth who are victimized as a result of the opioid crisis. The overarching goal of this program is to support children and youth who are crime victims as a result of the opioid crisis by providing direct services and support to these young victims at a community or jurisdictional level.
With this award, the Monongalia County Child Advocacy Center, Inc., (MC CAC) will strengthen families in the community, support children overcoming adversity related to opioid abuse, and help parents suffering from addiction to heal and become better parents. Supporting Addiction-Impacted Families (SAIF) is a new program at MC CAC. SAIF treatment directly addresses the needs of each family with assessment, mental treatment, and support services. The projects intensive approach is intended to decrease both substance abuse and child abuse. To accomplish goal, the MC CAC will develop a strengths-based, trauma-informed treatment program for children and families impacted by opioid addiction. Project activities will focus on: acute stabilization; child and parent mental health; parenting skills, dyadic/attachment work; reunification; and prevention of reentry in care.