RHY News

Home Free Program

The National Runaway Safeline (NRS), formerly known as the National Runaway Switchboard, established in 1971, serves as the federally-designated national communication system for runaway and homeless youth.  Annually, NRS, with the support of more than 120 volunteers, makes 250,000 connections to help and hope through hotline, online and offline resources.  Through its crisis hotline (1-800-RUNAWAY) and online (1800RUNAWAY.org) services, NRS provides crisis intervention for youth at crisis and runaway and homeless youth, including youth victims of human trafficking, families, community members, and youth services providers throughout the country 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The Home Free Program has reunited more than 17,000 youth with their families through. This programs is done in collaboration with Greyhound Lines, Inc. The Home Free Program helps reunite runaway youth with their families, or an alternative living arrangement through a free bus ticket home. By connecting to NRS at 1-800-RUNAWAY or 1800RUNAWAY.org, youth can initiate the process to return home or to a safe alternative.  

To learn more about the HOME FREE program and how you can utilize this service please visit: https://rhyttac.memberclicks.net/assets/docs/News/Home%20Free.pdf

 

Basic Center Program FOA Now Available

The Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families' Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) announces the release of the Basic Center Program (BCP) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).

BCPs work to establish or strengthen community-based programs that meet the immediate needs of runaway and homeless youth up to 18 years of age and their families. BCPs provide youth with emergency shelter, food, clothing, counseling, and referrals to necessary services. Basic centers can provide temporary shelter for up to 21 days for youth and seek to reunite young people with their families, whenever possible, or to locate appropriate alternative placements. Additional services may include street-based services, home-based services for families with youth at risk of separation from the family, drug abuse education, and prevention services.

Under this announcement, budget and project periods will start on September 30, 2018. An estimated 89 awards will be funded. Applications are due on Thursday, July 5, 2018. Please note that this is an abbreviated application period, which is shortened from 60 days to 51 days.

Please click here to view the full announcement: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=298176.

Sincerely,

Runaway and Homeless Youth Program
Family and Youth Services Bureau
 

Street Outreach Program Funding Now Available

The Family and Youth Services Bureau announces the availability of funding for approximately 37 grants to programs providing street-based services to runaway, homeless, and street youth who have been subjected to, or are at-risk of sexual abuse, sexual exploitation and severe forms of trafficking in persons. Grantees of the Street Outreach Program (SOP) provide services in areas where street youth congregate, in order to help them make healthy choices and provide them access to shelter.

Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2018-ACF-ACYF-YO-1353

Application Due Date: June 20, 2018

Read the SOP funding opportunity announcement here: https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/HHS-2018-ACF-ACYF-YO-1353
 

Save the Dates for the 2018 National RHY Grantees Training

The Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) and the Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center (RHYTTAC) are pleased to announce the 2018 National Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) Grantees Training will be held in Austin, Texas from October 31st through November 2nd. Registration for the national training and hotel are scheduled to open on June 4th.

The training will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 31st and conclude at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 2nd. There will be opportunities to attend additional institute trainings preceding the national training on Tuesday afternoon beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Organizations receiving FYSB RHY funding are eligible for a stipend of up to $600 to assist with travel and hotel expenses.  All grantees are directed to send an organizational representative per their funding agreement.


Call for Presenters

FYSB, RHYTTAC, and the 2018 National RHY Grantees Training planning committee, invite you to submit a workshop proposal for this year's National Grantees Training. More than 30 workshop trainings of 90-minute duration will be available to all RHY program staff levels.  RHYTTAC is seeking relevant topics that will be of most benefit to a wide variety of grantees. The deadline for submitting proposals is May 25, 2018.

Your willingness to share your experience and expertise with fellow grantees is appreciated. Please share this call for presenters with your colleagues in the field, especially those who you believe would be valuable additions to the training experience.  If you have any questions about workshop presentations or proposals, please contact Kim Frierson at 502.635.3660, kfrierson@nspnetwork.org, or Mark Wolf at 865.684.4580, mwolf@nspnetwork.org.

Click here to view the criteria and instructions for submitting a proposal.

Click here to submit your proposal.


Call for Posters

FYSB, RHYTTAC, and the 2018 National RHY Grantees Training planning committee also invite you to submit a Poster Session Presentation application for consideration at this year’s national training.

The Poster Session will highlight quality, innovative, and relevant programming in a poster display format. Each selected agency will be provided a tri-fold poster board to display on an exhibit table during the national training. The Poster Session provides the opportunity for RHY grantees to share promising and best-practices from their programs in a format that encourages informal sharing of experience, expertise, and lessons learned. 

The deadline for submitting a Poster Session application is May 25, 2018.

Click here to view the criteria for submitting an application.

Click here to submit your application.

If you have any questions about the Poster Session Presentation or your application, please contact April Carthorn, acarthorn@nspnetwork.org, or Mark Wolf, mwolf@nspnetwork.org. You may also call 865.684.4580.

 

Revised Transitional Living Program/Maternity Group Home Funding Opportunity Announcement

On March 23, 2018, Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018, which provided funding for federal programs for the remainder of fiscal year 2018.  Included in the appropriations is an increase of $8.3 million and language with guidance to FYSB to support continuation of services for Transitional Living Program (TLP) and Maternity Group Home (MGH) grantees whose grants end on April 30, 2018 through the end of FY 2018.  FYSB will work directly with the TLP and MGH grantees impacted by the increased funding to coordinate the extension of their current grants.

As a result of the additional appropriations to support TLP and MGH grantees with end dates of April 30, 2018, FYSB has modified the 2018 Transitional Living Program/Maternity Group Home Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), currently scheduled to close on April 5, 2018.  Specifically, FYSB is modifying the FOA to revise the budget and program end dates, as well as the available funding for the initial year award.  The revised FOA, published here, makes available up to $18,041,111 for new awards in FY 2018.  Grants awarded under this announcement will have a start date of September 29, 2018 and the project period will be for 36 months.  The initial award will be for 12 months and run from September 29, 2018 through September 28, 2019.  In addition to the initial 12-month award, the 36-month project period includes two, 12-month, non-competing continuation awards of not more than $200,000 each.  The total 36-month project period should not exceed $600,000.

For questions about these changes, please contact Angie Webley at angie.webley@acf.hhs.gov

Sincerely,

The Family & Youth Services Bureau

 

The Opioid Epidemic: Two New Research Briefs

The Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) has just released the following two briefs:

  1. Substance Use, the Opioid Epidemic and the Child Welfare System: Key Takeaways from a Mixed Methods Study
  2. The Relationship Between Substance Use Prevalence and Child Welfare Caseloads

They are available at: https://aspe.hhs.gov/child-welfare-and-substance-use

The briefs examine how substance use affects child welfare systems across the country. Top-level findings are as follows:

  • Caseloads: Nationally, rates of drug overdose deaths and drug-related hospitalizations have a positive relationship with child welfare caseloads (that is, rates of child protective services reports, substantiated reports, and foster care placements). Generally, counties with higher overdose death and drug hospitalization rates have higher caseload rates. In addition, these substance use indicators correlate with rates of more complex and severe child welfare cases.
  • Availability and use of substance use treatment: Several major challenges affect how child welfare agencies and families interact with substance use treatment options, including medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder. Family-friendly treatment options are limited, and caseworkers, courts, and other providers often misunderstand how treatment works and lack guidelines on how to incorporate it into child welfare practice.
  • System response: Child welfare agencies and their community partners are struggling to meet families’ needs. Haphazard substance use assessment practices, barriers to collaboration with substance use treatment providers and other stakeholders, and shortages of foster homes and trained staff undermine the effectiveness of agencies’ responses to families.
Special thanks to Mathematica Policy Research for assistance with data collection, as well as the more than 180 individuals across the country participating in interviews. Their time, perspectives, and knowledge were invaluable in this research effort.
 

The Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) is pleased to announce Regional Meetings for Runaway and Homeless Youth (RHY) Program Grantees.  The objectives for the one-day, regionally based, meetings are to:

  1. Provide an opportunity for face to face time between grantees, federal project officers and regional program managers;
  2. Provide an opportunity for networking with colleagues to build support, share information, and foster future collaborative efforts;
  3. Provide information and direction from FYSB critical for operating programs which adhere to federal standards;
  4. Increase awareness of Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance (RHYTTAC); and
  5. Strengthen the foundation for on-going regional networking and support, improve communication with FYSB and RHYTTAC, and strengthen relationships.

FYSB invites each grantee to send at least one staff member, who is in a program management or lead position, to represent their organization and to disseminate the information shared.  FYSB is currently securing locations for the meetings for dates in March through July.  You will be notified of the confirmed location, date, and agenda for your regional meeting when planning is finalized. 

Please note these meetings are optional and stipends are not provided. While each grantee may use RHY federal funds to attend this meeting, FYSB recognizes you may not have budgeted to attend this event. It is anticipated these events will be repeated annually.

FYSB and RHYTTAC look forward to connecting with you soon.

Click here to visit the event calendar.
 

Equal Justice Works invites eligible organizations to apply to participate in the Crime Victims Justice Corps Fellowship Program

The Crime Victims Justice Corps Fellowship Program is an exciting new initiative designed to increase capacity and access to civil legal help for crime victims.

The Crime Victims Justice Corps will mobilize 62 Fellows and 34 summer law students over a two-year Fellowship period, from June 2018 to May 2020.

Fellows and law students will work at nonprofit organizations across the country:

  • 45 Fellows will serve human trafficking survivors.
  • 17 Fellows will serve survivors of campus sexual assault, fraud and/or identity theft, and hate crime, and immigrant victims.
  • 34 Law students will work during the summers (17 each summer), supporting the Fellows.

Fellows and law students will provide legal services, outreach, and education to address legal needs resulting from human trafficking and a variety of civil legal issues arising from victimization, such as family law, education, employment, immigration, and consumer protection, as well as enforcing crime victims’ rights.

The Host Organization Solicitation is now available here.

Key Dates

  • February 13, 2018: Solicitation released.
  • March 14, 2018: Applications are due.
  • April 4, 2018: Selected applicants are notified.
  • April/May 2018: Fellow recruitment by host organizations.
  • June 1, 2018: Fellows begin their term.
  • Summer 2018: Law students begin their term.

Funding

Equal Justice Works will provide up to $48,000 toward each Fellow's annual salary and additional funds, as specified in the solicitation. For law students, Equal Justice Works will provide a $3,200 stipend for working full-time for eight to ten weeks during the summer.

Training

The National Crime Victim Law Institute will provide training and technical assistance to Fellows and law students.

Informational Webinar

On February 23, 2018, Equal Justice Works will host an informational webinar about the application process. Sign up here to receive call-in details.

Notice of Intent to Apply

By February 26, 2018, interested applicants are requested to submit a notice of intent to apply here.

How to Apply

All applications must be uploaded to an online application page, which will become live on or before February 26, 2018. Please be sure to review the solicitation in its entirety.

Sign-up and Contact Information

Application Materials

This program is supported by an $8.8 million award from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime, Award Number 2017-MU-MU-K131, and private funding.

 

Funding Opportunity Announced to Expand Substance Abuse and Mental Health Treatment and Recovery Services to Adolescent and Transitional Aged Youth and Families

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2018 Enhancement and Expansion of Treatment and Recovery Services for Adolescents, Transitional Aged Youth, and their Families grant program (Short Title: Youth and Family TREE).  The purpose of this program is to enhance and expand comprehensive treatment, early intervention, and recovery support services for adolescents (ages 12-18), transitional aged youth (ages 16-25), and their families/primary caregivers with substance use disorders (SUD) and/or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders.

The Anticipated total funding amount is $14,616,450 for this grant award and at least $5 million will be awarded to federally recognized American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes/tribal organizations.  SAMHSA anticipates making 27 awards for up to $541,350 per year for a maximum of five years.

Application Deadline: Tuesday, April 10, 2018.  Applicants must send the Public Health System Impact Statement (PHSIS) to their appropriate State and local health agencies – their Single State Point of Contact.

Eligibility: SAMHSA seeks to further expand access and the geographical distribution, as well as reduce duplication, of its adolescent programs.  Therefore, grant recipients funded under TI-16-006 FY 2016 Cooperative Agreements for Adolescent and Transitional Aged Youth Treatment Implementation and TI-17-002 FY 2017 Cooperative Agreements for Adolescent and Transitional Aged Youth Treatment Implementation are not eligible to apply for this funding opportunity. See the full grant announcement for details.

For program information, contact: Ramon Bonzon, Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Division of Services Improvement, SAMHSA,  (240) 276-2975, ramon.bonzon@samhsa.hhs.gov

The full grant opportunity announcement at: https://www.samhsa.gov/grants/grant-announcements/ti-18-010
 

Missed Opportunities:  Youth Homelessness in America

Voices of Youth Count is an unprecedented initiative to understand, address and prevent youth homelessness. Chapin Hall, using its substantial research and policy assets, has conducted the most comprehensive research to date on youth homelessness, incorporating youth voices to develop achievable solutions. This research creates a foundation on which we can build solutions –effective policies and practices –to end homelessness for young people. Here are some of the findings:

Youth homelessness is a broad and hidden challenge

  • Over a 12-month period, 4.3% of households with 13-17 year-olds reported youth homelessness. This is 1 in 30 youth in America in that age group. This translates to a minimum of 700,000 adolescent minors or the equivalent of over 800 average-sized high schools. About three-quarters of them involved explicit homelessness (including running away or being kicked out) and one-quarter involved couch surfing only.

Youth homelessness involves diverse experiences and circumstances.

  • Nearly three-quarters of the young people who experienced “literal homelessness” (sleeping on the streets, in a car, or in a shelter) also said they had stayed with others while unstably housed.
  • About half of the follow-up interview respondents believed that the youth was unsafe during their experiences of explicit homelessness or couch surfing.
  • Young people struggle with a range of issues: 28% reported having substance use problems, and 66% reported mental health problems.

Prevention and early intervention are essential

  • Half of the youth who experienced homelessness in the past year did so for the first time.
  • This means that it is not enough to respond to the problem; we must get in front of it.
  • This finding was supported by the in-depth interviews that we did in five sites. The majority of the youth interviewed had experiences of housing instability that started in childhood or adolescence.

Youth homelessness affects urban and rural youth at similar levels

  • In predominantly rural counties, 9.2 % of young adults reported any homelessness while, in predominantly urban counties, the prevalence rate was 9.6%.
  • For 13-17 year-olds, household prevalence of any homelessness was 4.4% in predominantly rural counties, and 4.2% in mainly urban counties.
  • Homelessness is just as much of a challenge in rural communities as it is in more urban communities. Of course the number of youth experiencing homelessness in urban and suburban areas is much larger given population density.

Access the full brief or one pager here: http://voicesofyouthcount.org/brief/national-estimates-of-youth-homelessness/  

 
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