Agency: Office of Victims of Crime (DOJ); Program: Vision 21: Integrated Services for Victims Program: Increasing Access to Mental Health Services for Victims of Crime (CFDA Number: 16.582) (Funding Opportunity Number: OVC-2017-12280); Eligibility: State, tribal and local governments, public and private colleges and universities, nonprofits and for-profits; Funding: $4.75 million for nine awards (no match required); Deadline: Aug. 10.
Summary: The program supports bridging 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. Questions persist regarding many enduring challenges such as effective interventions for victims of domestic violence, sexual violence, child pornography, sex trafficking and child abuse (https://goo.gl/GZMM77).
The projects funded under this solicitation will bridge the divide between crime victim services and mental health services by enhancing national efforts to prevent suicide by training crime victim advocates how to recognize and respond to warning signs of suicidal thinking and behaviors among victims of crime.
The must also promote closer coordination between domestic violence and rape crisis programs and mental health services organizations to ensure that victims of intimate partner violence and/or sexual assault can successfully access crime victim services; and ensure victims of crime who are members of traditionally underserved populations can access mental health services.