United for Youth is made possible through the collaborative efforts of the Office for Victims of Crime and JBS International, Inc. Our site is supported by numerous national organizations and other partners committed to improving the lives and futures of children, youth and families impacted by substance use throughout the United States.
Office for Victims of Crime
The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) was established in 1988 through an amendment to the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) of 1984. The Office administers the Crime Victims Fund supporting a broad array of programs and services assisting victims.
In Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, OVC launched the Enhancing Community Responses to the Opioid Crisis: Serving Our Youngest Crime Victims grant program, a multi-year initiative addressing an urgent gap in identifying and serving children and youth who, as a result of the opioid crisis and broader substance use, have experienced significant trauma and victimization. A total of 41 grant projects were funded in FY 2018. This initiative was expanded in FY 2019 to bring the total to 59 grant projects in 36 states and communities, including some tribes and tribal consortiums. These projects develop successful outreach and direct service strategies, utilize data to inform and guide project evolution and engage multi-disciplinary teams to guide, support and sustain projects over time.
JBS International, Inc.
Every day, JBS International, Inc. (JBS), a consulting company, focuses on combating substance use and its impact on society at the national, state, and local levels. On the ground in all 50 states, JBS is effecting change through unparalleled knowledge, experience, and determination to develop real-world, and customized solutions. JBS delivers technical assistance by identifying what's working and in what environments-- and ensuring this information and practices are disseminated effectively to individuals, programs, and providers. Our substance use work cuts across many vulnerable populations including children, youth and families/caregivers, tribes, pregnant, postpartum and parenting women, people involved with the criminal justice system, patients with comorbidities such as mental health issues, and rural and urban communities with limited access to care.
Whether through capacity building, data collection, IT solutions or work force development, JBS makes real progress and impacts real people.
Partnerships are essential to our collective work to serve children, youth and families impacted by substance use in our country. In cultivating cross-sector partnerships real impact can be realized.
To this end, in 2019, the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) and Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) established the National Stakeholder Partnership (NSP) comprised of representatives from nationally recognized organizations with expertise in crime victim services.
The NSP focuses on child and youth victimization related to the opioid crisis and broader substance abuse, emphasizing multidisciplinary collaborations, research, training, and education. Partnership members lend their expertise to:
- Inform and guide efforts associated with OVC’s Enhancing Community Responses to the Opioid Crisis: Serving Our Youngest Crime Victims initiatives and BJA’s Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant and Substance Program (COSSAP).
- Advance knowledge to enhance broad audience awareness of the impact of opioid and substance use on young victims and their families.
- Share best and promising practice models to advance innovative and multi-disciplinary efforts to support young victims and their families.
Additional Partners and Supporters continue to join this effort. Working together, we will expand awareness and create positive differences for those experiencing and/or impacted by substance use.
We invite you to be a part of this endeavor! Please let us know if you are interested in joining United for Youth!