FY 2014 Vision 21: Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth State Demonstration Project

FY 2014 Vision 21: Linking Systems of Care for Children and Youth State Demonstration Project – This solicitation seeks to address the enduring issue of child and youth victimization through state-level demonstration projects. Victimization, left unaddressed, can have serious, longlasting consequences for children’s physical and mental health. Research demonstrates that trauma left untreated may manifest into a range of physical, emotional, and behavioral problems. We pay for child and youth victimization in many ways: health and mental health care, child welfare, special education, juvenile and criminal justice, and losses in productivity over the individual’s lifespan. Although many systems exist to respond to these various issues, these systems often fail to communicate and collaborate effectively to get to the root of the problem. Through this solicitation, OVC is seeking state-level demonstration sites that will bring all of the relevant systems and professionals together to establish a coordinated approach. This approach will ensure that every child entering these systems is assessed for victimization, that children and their families are provided comprehensive and coordinated services to fully address their needs, and that practices and policies are established to sustain this approach long term. The project will be conducted in two phases—Phase 1: Planning (15 months) and Phase 2: Implementation (5 years)—and funded incrementally in 15-month periods. The deadline to apply for funding under this announcement is 11:59 p.m.eastern time on May 21, 2014.