OUR INITIATIVE

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s (OJJDP) Opioid Affected Youth Initiative (OAYI) supports the efforts of states, communities, tribal jurisdictions, nonprofit organizations, and institutions of higher education to provide integrated services supportive of youth and their families. Through this program, OJJDP provides funding to states and communities to develop and implement effective, data-driven, and coordinated responses to opioid abuse-related challenges and other substance use disorders that impact youth and community safety.

OUR FOCUS

SYSTEM-LEVEL IMPACT CONTINUUM OF CARE SUPPORT TO FAMILIES
  • Implement prevention, intervention, and treatment programs that address the needs of those most susceptible to opioid and other substance use disorders.
  • Implement integrated services for parents and children that support families through treatment and recovery.
  • Support juvenile and criminal justice systems to address the needs of children and youth impacted by opioids and reduce juvenile justice and foster care system involvement.

OUR STRATEGY

Collaborative

Work closely with stakeholders representing multiple disciplines including law enforcement, treatment delivery systems, mental health systems, child welfare and foster care, and juvenile and criminal justice systems to identify, treat and support impacted children, youth and families.

Data Driven

Collect and interpret data that will assist partnering organizations/collaboratives in developing strategies and integrated programming services.

Integrated Services

Coordinate the implementation of comprehensive services that will address safety concerns, response efforts and resources for prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery programs, as well as foster care system involvement for children, youth and families impacted by both opioids and other substance use disorders.

OJJDP-FUNDED OAYI PROJECT SITES

OAYI supports the national priority of responding to the opioid epidemic by funding states, communities, and tribal jurisdictions to develop data-driven responses to opioid abuse and implement programs and strategies that identify, respond to, and support children, youth, and families impacted by the opioid epidemic. Strategic approaches include the role of law enforcement, probation and parole, education, juvenile court, emergency response and medical services, mental health services, child welfare agencies, child protective services, and other community health-based organizations that address substance misuse. In fiscal years 2018 and 2019, the OJJDP awarded nearly $13 million to support 13 sites as they develop data-driven responses to improve public safety and outcomes for youth and their families impacted by the opioid epidemic.



FISCAL YEAR 2018 PROJECT SITES

In Your Corner: Alameda County Young Adult Opioid Initiative

This initiative was awarded to the Alameda County Probation Department. The initiative addresses community accountability and awareness as well as prevention, intervention, diversion, treatment, and public safety for youth in extended foster care with opioid use disorder.

Focus of Initiative:

  • Increasing awareness and reduce provider and structural stigma around opioid and substance use
  • Increasing referrals to and service utilization of substance use services for youth in extended foster care
  • Reduction of self-stigma for youth in extended foster care

Georgia Opioid Affected Youth Initiative

This initiative was awarded to the Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council. The initiative leverages agency partnerships to promote evidence-based prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery initiatives across Georgia related to youth at risk of opioid misuse.

Focus of Initiative:

  • Identification, increased understanding, and stakeholder responsiveness of the most vulnerable opioid-involved youth
  • Improving outcomes related to adverse opioid-involved events for
  • Increasing collaboration among state partners
  • Expanding the understanding, availability, and use of naloxone in K-12 schools and community-based resources

Miami-Dade Opioid Affected Youth

This initiative was awarded to the Miami-Dade County Office of Management and Budget, Grants Coordination Division. The initiative enhances public awareness and education on opioid abuse or misuse for youth, families, and key stakeholders as well as improve capacity for the early identification of at-risk youth and referral to support services.

Focus of Initiative:

  • Education and awareness of risks and behaviors associated with misuse and abuse among adolescents, young adults, parents and
  • Improving the capacity of school systems to educate, identify, respond, and refer youths at risk
  • Participation and collaboration of community-based service organizations to assess the prevalence of parents/caregivers who abuse or misuse opioids
  • Data surveillance capabilities to improve the quality and completeness of opioid affected-youth related data

Clackamas County’s Prescription (Rx) Opioid Initiative

This initiative was awarded to the Children, Family & Community Connections Division of the Clackamas County Health, Housing & Human Services Department. The initiative increases opioid data capacity, opportunities for early identification of at-risk youth, public awareness and education, and support for trauma and prevention services.

Focus of Initiative:

  • Increasing organizational capacity to collect, share and disseminate opioid related data
  • Increasing opportunities for early identification of youth at risk of misuse, abuse and overdose of opioids and other stimulants
  • Increasing public awareness and education on the risks of opioid use
  • Increasing resources to support families impacted by opioid use disorder

Tennessee Alliance for Drug Endangered Children

This initiative was awarded to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. The initiative employs a statewide tracking system to improve early identification of drug endangered children and at-risk youth and support direct services through local response teams.

Focus of Initiative:

  • Increasing awareness and availability of resources targeting drug endangered children and at-risk youth impacted by the opioid crisis
  • Reduction of barriers to effective and multi-disciplinary collaboration and data sharing

Young Adult Empowerment Collaborative of Western Massachusetts

This initiative was awarded to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. The initiative transforms the systems serving emerging adults, ages 16–24 years old, to prevent opioid misuse, address the needs of young adults currently addicted to opioids, and increase their health outcomes.

Focus of Initiative:

  • A regional data system serving youth and young adults
  • Evidence-based prevention programming to support young adult opioid misuse as they transition into the five stages of
  • Engagement of families and communities in their roles to support youth and young adults


FISCAL YEAR 2019 PROJECT SITES

Yurok Opioid Affected Youth Project

This initiative was awarded to the Yurok Reservation. The initiative increases coordination across jurisdictions to implement intervention, screening, diversion, and wraparound programs and increase services for youth impacted by the opioid crisis, justice-involved youth, and their families.

Focus of Initiative:

  • Effective, culturally congruent, coordinated responses that provide services to improve outcomes for children, youth, and their family
  • Cross jurisdictional intervention, screening, diversion and wraparound programs
  • Increasing programs and services to support youth and families

Aiding Drug Impacted Children in Out-of-Home Care

The initiative was awarded to the Pinellas County Government – Sixth Judicial Circuit (SJC). The initiative supports drug-impacted children, who have been removed from their home as a result of familial substance use, by improving the screening and assessment efforts and providing comprehensive services to meet their needs and by enhancing the capacity of families.

Focus of Initiative:

  • Training, data and research to support drug impacted children who have been removed from their homes
  • Comprehensive services to meet the physical and mental health needs of youth and their families while enhancing the capacity of families to provide for their child’s needs

REACH Initiative (Restoring Every Affected Child’s Hope)

This initiative was awarded to the City of Evansville. The initiative coordinates services to meet identified needs, increases community awareness, and provides evidence-based prevention and intervention programs in schools to address the needs of youth traumatized by or at-risk for substance use disorder and their families.

Focus of Initiative:

  • Identification of youth affected by opioids and other substance use
  • Prevention and reduction of opioids and associated trauma in at-risk youth and their families
  • Sustainment of effective partnerships and programs

Baltimore County Opioid Affected Crossover Youth Project

This initiative was awarded to the Maryland Office of the Public Defender. The initiative improves the coordination of key stakeholders to implement data-driven services and programs that youth in the juvenile justice system, with an emphasis on crossover youth, who are impacted by opioid misuse.

Focus of Initiative:

  • An effective data-driven response to improve public safety of children, youth, and families impacted by the opioid crisis
  • Strategies and coordinated responses to address the needs of opioid affected youth who are dually involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice system or are at an increased risk due to parental opioid abuse

Boston Youth Resiliency & Recovery Collaborative

This initiative was awarded to the Boston Public Health Institute. The initiative develops a communitywide and data-driven approach to identify the impact of opioids on children, youth, and their families and implement strategic initiatives to support their needs.

Focus of Initiative:

  • Creation of a city-wide, data-driven, cross-sector and collaborative implementation plan to support youth and their families affected by the opioid crisis and substance use broadly
  • A stronger understanding of the nature and scope of the opioid crisis and substance use through improved data collection; enhanced collaboration and coordination among key stakeholders and systems; and outcomes

Michigan Alliance for Drug Endangered Children: An Opioid and Substance Use Disorder Task Force

This initiative was awarded to the Michigan State Police. The initiative focuses on improving collaboration between law enforcement and child welfare agencies to support the needs of drug endangered children through a statewide alliance as well as local support.

Focus of Initiative:

  • Awareness of the effects of the opioid crisis on families and children throughout the state of Michigan
  • Data collection and sharing between Drug Endangered Children professionals
  • Multidisciplinary collaboration

The Meramec Region Opioid Affected Youth Initiative

This initiative was awarded to the Meramec Regional Planning Commission. The initiative increases collaboration between agencies to address the opioid crisis and coordinate with schools and law enforcement to implement multidisciplinary strategies to reduce youth and family opioid abuse in rural Meramec counties.

Focus of Initiative:

  • Agency collaboration to foster multi-systemic response to the opioid crisis
  • Negative outcomes for children, youth, and their families impacted by the opioid crisis

HIGHLIGHTS OF GRANTEE OUTCOMES

This section showcases the progress of OAYI grantees in implementing strategies to support opioid affected youth and families.

CONTACT US

For technical assistance inquiries, contact the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention TTA360 centralized training and technical assistance request system.