The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) is seeking applications for funding under the fiscal year (FY) 2020 Opioid Affected Youth InitiativeThis initiative supports a key Department of Justice priority—combating opioid abuse.  Click here for the solicitation.

This program will support the efforts of states, communities, tribal jurisdictions, nonprofit organizations, for-profit organizations and institutions of higher education to implement programs and strategies that identify, respond to, treat, and support children, youth, and families impacted by the opioid epidemic.

OJJDP has identified $9,000,000 for investment in a projected 13 grant awards.  Applications are due by April 20.

The following entities are eligible to apply: states and territories, units of local government, federally recognized Indian tribal governments, nonprofit organizations and for-profit organizations (including tribal nonprofit and for-profit organizations), and institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education).

Goals, Objectives, and Deliverables

The goal of the Opioid Affected Youth Initiative is to provide programs and services to youth and families impacted by opioid addiction. Objectives include implementing prevention, intervention, and treatment programs that address the needs of pregnant and postpartum women, parents, youth; reducing foster care system involvement; implementing integrated services for parents and children that support families through treatment and recovery; and supporting the juvenile and criminal justice systems to address the needs of children and youth impacted by opioids.

OJP Policy Priority Areas

In FY 2020, and in addition to executing any program-specific prioritization that may be applicable, OJP will give priority consideration to applications as follows:

·        Applications that address specific challenges that rural communities face.

·        Applications that demonstrate that the individuals who are intended to benefit from the requested grant reside in high-poverty areas or persistent-poverty counties.

·        Applications that offer enhancements to public safety in economically distressed communities (Qualified Opportunity Zones).

To receive priority consideration under the rural priority, applicants must describe what makes the geographic service area rural (using U.S. Census or other appropriate government data; for assistance, applicants may wish to refer to https://www.census.gov/programssurveys/geography/guidance/geo-areas/urban-rural.html), how isolated the area is from needed services, and how they will address specific challenges in rural communities.