Antelope Valley Partners for Health (AVPH) was recently selected as one of two entities in California to receive an award from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime to respond to the impact of the opioid crisis on children and youth. The Enhancing Community Responses to the Opioid Crisis: Serving Our Youngest Crime Victims program aims to expand services to children and youth who are victimized as a result of the opioid epidemic .
Through this program, AVPH will serve children and youth between the ages of 6-17 who are crime victims as a result of the opioid crisis in Antelope Valley, California. Antelope Valley is located along the northern boundaries of Los Angeles County; it has been significantly impacted by the opioid crisis and is home to high rates of child abuse and neglect.
AVPH will use the $749,801 three-year grant to partner with Child and Family Guidance Center (CFGC) and Tarzana Treatment Centers (TTC) to deliver information, services, and support to child and youth victims and their caregivers. These services include case management, wraparound services, mental health services, a mentorship program, and a teen support and recovery group. AVPH and its project partners will convene every month to strengthen the coordinated community response to the area’s most vulnerable population and will collect and analyze data to inform and improve the delivery of services.
Thirty-three awards were made nationally; AVPH and the Yurok Tribe of the Yurok Reservation were the only two California applicants to receive an award. This program is part of the nearly $320 million earmarked by the Department of Justice for grant awards to combat the opioid crisis. GPG was honored to support this important effort to mitigate the wide-ranging, devastating effects of the opioid crisis. We congratulate the Antelope Valley Partners for Health and wish them success with this important work.
More information about the Enhancing Community Responses to the Opioid Crisis program and a full list of awardees is available here.