Office Of Justice Programs Offers Grants To Serve Child And Youth Victims Of Opioid Crisis



          WASHINGTON — The Office of Justice Programs has released grant solicitations making $47 million available to help children and youth affected by the nation’s opioid crisis. The programs are intended to address the troubling increase in foster care placements, hospital visits and justice system entanglement attributable to the crisis.


          “This epidemic has exacted a heavy toll on families and communities across America, and no group has paid a heavier price than our young people,” said OJP’s Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Alan Hanson. “We are hopeful that our investment in these programs will provide a lifeline for children and youth who, through no fault of their own, have been cast adrift and left without the resources to weather the crisis.”


          OJP’s Office for Victims of Crime and Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention are seeking applications for the grants, which will fund direct services for child victims of the epidemic and intervention opportunities for young people whose encounters with opioids bring them to the threshold of the juvenile justice system.


          The OVC grants will enable organizations to develop plans at the local or jurisdictional level, as well as nationally, to equip and support communities to combat the crisis and provide needed services for victims. Funds can be used to support school-based programs, foster care or child welfare programs, counseling and assistance programs, child advocacy programs, court-appointed special advocates, mentoring and tutoring programs, hospital- and medical-based programs, and faith-based programs.


          “Infants, children and youth neglected by addicted parents or victimized in their communities, are truly the most vulnerable in the opioid crisis—and, sadly, they are among the least served,” said Darlene Hutchinson, OVC director. “These grants will help fill a great need.”


          Grant funds can be used either to enhance existing efforts or to create entirely new programs to meet victim-specific needs. Applications are due by July 10, 2018. To learn more and apply, visit:


          OVC expects to award multiple grants averaging $700,000, up to a total of $26 million over a 36-month performance period, beginning Oct. 1, 2018. Those interested may register to attend a pre-application webinar from 1 to 2 p.m. on June 6. The webinar will review requirements and conduct a question-and-answer session. To register for this webinar, visit:


          Additionally, OJJDP is sponsoring a grant opportunity to help states, local governments and tribal jurisdictions develop and implement programs for children, at-risk juveniles and families who have been affected by the nation’s opioid crisis.


          “Children and youth are being affected by opioid abuse—either their own or that of a parent or caregiver—at alarming rates,” said OJJDP Administrator Caren Harp. “The opioid crisis is driving our youth into foster care, increasing their involvement in the juvenile justice system and threatening community safety. These grants will help identify intervention opportunities and develop data-driven, coordinated responses.”


          Eligible sites will receive up to $6 million to develop a response to the opioid crisis and provide services to improve public safety. In addition, OJJDP will award just over $1 million to a technical assistance provider to help grantees collect data that will address specific challenges resulting from the opioid epidemic. Applications are due July 2, 2018. To learn more and apply, visit:


          OJJDP also has a funding opportunity open for youth mentoring programs with a focus on opioid abuse. Under this solicitation, $14 million is targeted to helping youth impacted by opioids through prevention, treatment and support services. Applications are due June 28, 2018. To learn more and apply, visit:


About the Office of Justice Programs

The Office of Justice Programs, headed by Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Alan R. Hanson, provides federal leadership in developing the nation’s capacity to prevent and control crime, administer justice and assist victims. OJP has six bureaus and offices: the Bureau of Justice Assistance; the Bureau of Justice Statistics; the National Institute of Justice; the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; the Office for Victims of Crime; and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering and Tracking. More information about OJP and its components can be found at