Best, Promising and Innovative Work Underway: State/Local

POWER SOURCE, a Lionheart Foundation, program for youth at-risk, listed on Crime Solutions.gov, an evidence-based repository of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) that serves as a clearinghouse of information about what works and what is promising in justice programs and practices. Power Source...
NYC study examining impact of zero-tolerance student discipline policy, particularly the practice of suspension. The study also found that schools can be safe places for students even if the surrounding neighborhood is relatively unsafe.
Delivering Innovation in Supportive Housing (DISH) and The Drug Overdose Prevention and Eduction (DOPE) Project’s new San Francisco Project have pioneered a new harm reduction technology from Brave Coop (Brave Harm Reduction) that puts peers at the center of overdose response, saving lives and...
he South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, in partnership with Children’s Trust of South Carolina, offers a free 24/7 online database, Community Connections, which provides resources that connect South Carolinians in need with available social and health care services across the...
Article featuring best practice from Charlotte, NC
Collaborative model designed to reduce the negative impact of children's exposure to domestic violence in East Harlem, NY.
Article highlights Project CARA (Care that Advocates Respect, Resilience, and Recovery for All) which has supported over 800 pregnant and parenting people with substance use disorders (SUDs) since its launch in 2014.
University of Iowa Parent-Child Interaction research and training program.
Bridging the Gap: Using Sports to Build Trust with Law Enforcement highlights innovative projects which use sports, such as Dream Courts in Plano, Texas, to bring law enforcement and youth together to develop relationships and build trust.
Coalition of Montana churches who support vulnerable children & families in a variety of ways
The Adverse Childhood Experiences Response Team (ACERT) through a partnershi in Manchester, New Hampshire) is a response team that can be deployed to serve children who have been exposed to violence. The Adverse Childhood Experiences Response Team (ACERT) is made up of a police officer, a crisis...
HALOS: South Carolina Kinship Care provides support and advocacy for abused and neglected children and kinship caregivers.
MAGIC: Making a Group and Individual Commitment a University of Nevada Cooperative Extension program, is an innovative, collaborative prevention program designed to help juvenile offenders leave the criminal justice system and become productive members of society.
PA LETI (Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Treatment Initiative) allows Pennsylvanians seeking treatment for addiction to use their local law enforcement, including sheriffs, probation officers, and parole officers as a resource to contact participating treatment partners without the threat of arrest.
BCARES: Bucks County Connect, Access. Refer. Engage. Support (Pennsylvania) is a warm handoff collaboration between the six Bucks County hospital emergency departments and an assigned Certified Recovery Specialist (CRS) for individuals who have survived an opioid overdose. Through BCARES, opioid...
The Childtrauma Academy: A Learning Community is a Community of Practice working to improve the lives of high-risk children through education, research and the dissemination of innovation.
The Pennsylvania Youth Advisory Board (YAB) is comprised of current and former substitute care youth ages 16-21. Youth leaders on the YAB educate, advocate, and form partnerships to create positive change in the substitute care system. The YAB is funded by the PA Department of Human Services,...
The Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development (KPICD) of Texas Christian University developed Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI®), an attachment-based, trauma-informed intervention that is designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children.
The mission of Frontline Service is to reach to adults and children in Northeast Ohio to end homelessness, prevent suicide, resolve behavioral health crises and overcome trauma.
POWER SOURCE, a Lionheart Foundation, program for youth at-risk, listed on Crime Solutions.gov, an evidence-based repository of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) that serves as a clearinghouse of information about what works and what is promising in justice programs and practices. Power Source...
The Pathways HUB Reentry Pilot provides a community-based hub for care coordination to improve health outcomes, data collection and information sharing within the region. The hub is comprised of a network of community care coordinators employed by local non-profits and organizations.
The Child Witness to Violence Project (CWVP) is a therapeutic, advocacy, and outreach project that focuses on the growing number of young children who are hidden victims of domestic and community violence and other trauma-related events. 
North Carolina DHHS Infant Plan of Safe Care provides a referral of an identified infant to Care Coordination for Children (CC4C) from Child Welfare, that includes services and linkages that the infant and family may benefit from. A noninteractive sample is provided.
The Engaging Moms Program (EMP) is a gender-specific, family-based intervention designed to help substance-abusing mothers participating in drug court maintain their parental rights. The program helps mothers demonstrate they can be reunited with their children. It provides mothers the tools and...
The New Jersey Child Welfare Data Hub is a collaboration between the New Jersey Department of Children and Families and the Institute for Families at the Rutgers University School of Social Work. The Data Hub seeks to improve the lives of children and families by disseminating New Jersey child...
Grand Family Coalition is a non-profit network of Grandparent and other kin raising kin which works to provide programs and social activities that encourage an inner community of grandfamilies.
Frontline Responders Network is a virtual community for police officers, firefighters, paramedics, health aides, personal outreach/peer support , nurses, doctors, and their families, as well as other essential service providers in this time of crisis.
This video (shared on YouTube) presented by the City of Omaha helps the viewer understand the impact of trauma from from the first responders and law enforcement perspective. Training first responders and law enforcement on trauma-informed responses is critical to maintaining a level of trust with...
Allegheny County (Pennsylvania) Department of Human Services (DHS) has launched a pioneering parenting initiative called Hello Baby. The program aims to support and strengthen families of newborns who are at risk of abuse and neglect, so as to prevent the occurrence of maltreatment rather than...

The Early Childhood Court (ECC) initiative is an innovative approach to addressing the root causes of intergenerational child abuse and justice system involvement in Florida. Fondly referred to as “Baby Courts,” these courts bring together the science of early...

The mission of the Roanoke Valley Collective Response to the Opioid and Addiction Crisis is to address the course and consequences of substance use disorder in the Roanoke Valley community. Launched in September 2018, the Collective Response is a multi-sector approach to not only prevent but to...

Parents with a strong network of emotionally supportive family, friends and neighbors find it easier to care for their children and themselves. Illuminate Colorado is a statewide organization working to strengthen families, organizations, and communities to prevent child maltreatment...

The Hub model aims to provide an integrated response to at-risk, marginalized, and vulnerable populations proactively, based on an understanding of composite risk factors, while improving community safety and well-being”.  The Model, developed in Canada,...

Handle with Care (HWC) began as a pilot program in a West Virginia Elementary School in 2013.  The program was to serve students in one of the areas inundated with drugs and violent crime, and lacking resources as ninety-three percent of the students came from low income...