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16.730 Reduction and Prevention of Children's Exposure to Violence
OFFICE OF JUSTICE PROGRAMS, OFFICE OF JUVENILE JUSTICE AND DELINQUENCY PREVENTION, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
Public Law 105-277.
To develop a demonstration initiative to prevent and reduce the impact of family and community violence on young children (primarily from birth to six years of age) by helping communities to expand existing partnerships between service providers (such as law enforcement, mental health, health, early childhood education and others) to create a comprehensive service delivery system.
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
Applicant selected to receive Safe Start cooperative agreements may use funds to establish and enhance a broad range of local prevention, intervention and treatment services for young children who have been exposed and are at risk of being exposed to violence; develop effective multi-agency protocols; coordinate services to develop a community-wide system for responding to the needs of children exposed or at risk of exposure to violence.
Applicant Eligibility: To be eligible for a Safe Start cooperative agreement, an applicant must be a public agency applying on behalf of a collaborative group of agencies working to prevent and address the impact of exposure to violence on children. Private agencies and organizations may apply as co-applicants as long as the lead applicant is a public agency.
Pre-application Coordination: None. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Formula and Matching Requirements: Grants awarded under the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act do not require a cash match; except for construction projects, where the match is 50 percent on community based facilities of 20 beds or less.
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Reports: Biannual progress reports and quarterly financial reports are required.
Account Identification: 15-0404-0-1-754.
In fiscal year 2001, nine demonstration sites continued and completed strategic planning efforts, including sites in Baltimore, MD; Bridgeport, CT; Chatham County, NC; Chicago, IL; Pinellas County, FL; Rochester, NY; San Francisco, CA; Spokane, WA; and Washington County, ME. These sites have completed 5-year strategic plans and are now in early implementation. In addition, three program sites continued to implement programmatic enhancements and service integration. These sites include Newark, NJ; Miami, FL; and New Orleans, LA. Two tribal sites were selected in FY 2001 - Pueblo of Zuni, New Mexico and Sitka Tribe of Alaska.
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
The Safe Start solicitation/guideline is published in the Federal Register and awards are governed by the OJP Financial Guide, which is available upon request. Reports and studies developed through the OJJDP National Institute are available and can be secured by contacting OJJDP in Washington, DC.
Regional or Local Office: None.
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
In fiscal year 2001, nine 5-1/2 year demonstration sites and three 2-year program sites continued and completed strategic planning efforts and OJJDP selected an additional two demonstration sites in tribal communities were awarded. The National Center for Children Exposed to Violence continues to provide training and technical assistance to Safe Start communities and serves as a clearinghouse for information about violent traumatization and successful approaches to intervention, while further promoting public and professional awareness of the effects of violence on Children.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:
Applications are judged according to their consistency with the policies and program priorities established by the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act. Specific criteria are published in the Federal Register as part of the individual program announcement. Applications undergo a competitive peer review process as outlined in the OJJDP Competition and Peer Review Policy, 28 CFR Part 34.