Proposal to Approve Trauma Recovery Center Grant Awards

April 20, 2017


On July 1, 2013, Government Code section 13963.1 became law requiring the Victim Compensation Board (Board) administer a program to evaluate applications and award grants to trauma recovery centers (TRCs) in California to provide services to underserved victims of crime. Upon appropriation by the Legislature, the Board shall award grants totaling up to two million dollars ($2,000,000) per year. The Board may award consecutive grants to a trauma recovery center to prevent a lapse in funding. Any portion of a grant that a trauma recovery center does not use within the specified grant period shall revert to the Restitution Fund. In addition, on November 5, 2014, the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act (SNSA) became effective. It appropriates 10% of the funds saved annually due to reductions in the state prison population to the Board for grants to TRCs.

Action Requested

Based on the results of the application and scoring process, four TRC grant applications received passing scores and are being recommended for funding beginning July 1, 2017. The projected appropriation of funds to be allocated to CalVCB from the SNSA fund for TRC grant awards for Fiscal Year 2017/2018 is $4,250,000 which is sufficient to award grants to all four of the applicants with passing scores. It is requested that the Board approve the following grant awards totaling $3,555,184:

Summary of Application and Scoring Process

Description of Applicants Recommended for Award

Chadwick Center for Children and Families; San Diego Trauma Recovery Center (SDTRC)

Proposed fund award: $1,058,306 for 24 months

The Chadwick Center for Children and Families at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego is partnering with the San Diego Family Justice Center to establish a multi-site TRC. The SDTRC will provide expanded evidence-based trauma treatment services, clinical case management, advocacy, and community-based outreach to a wide range of children and families who have been the victims of violent crime. This center will enhance existing mental health, outreach and advocacy services that support families at Chadwick Center offices in central San Diego, North County, and in South Bay. Further, it will also expand on existing services at the San Diego Family Justice Center, which is co-located with San Diego Police Domestic Violence detectives and multiple community partners who serve a broad range of types of crime victims. This arrangement will increase access and reach both adult and child victim services across San Diego County, improve the clinical outcomes for victims in crisis and their families, and expand the expertise of community partners in effectively identifying and intervening with families who have been exposed to trauma. Chadwick also closely collaborates with law enforcement, probation, the District Attorney’s Office, Victim Witness Offices, child welfare services, and Juvenile, Family and Criminal Court along with public health nurses, military advocacy programs, Voices for Children, and the San Diego Regional Center. Most of these organizations routinely attend the weekly child protection team, a case coordination meeting hosted by the Chadwick Center.

Solano Courage Center (SCC)

Proposed fund award: $612,010 for 24 months

Solano Courage Center is partnering with Child Haven, Solano Advocates for Victims of Violence, and the Solano Office of Family Violence Prevention to provide a trauma-informed comprehensive system of care. Located inside the Solano Family Justice Center, SCC is a multi-disciplinary center that collaborates with partner agencies to achieve a comprehensive and appropriate response to the needs of victims of violence and their families. SCC will expand its scope of work to provide additional trauma-informed services at the Solano Family Justice Center. This funding will allow every victim of violence in Solano County to receive the high-quality and broad range of trauma recovery services they need in order to heal. The Courage Center acts as a hub, with respected partnerships with various county and non-profit partner agencies including the Solano County District Attorney's Office, all Solano County law enforcement jurisdictions, Child Haven, Child Welfare Services, Solano County Victim Witness, Solano Advocates for Victims of Violence, various domestic violence services, shelters, and others.

Special Service for Groups (SSG)

Proposed fund award: $1,369,946 for 24 months

SSG was founded in 1952 and its Homeless Outreach Program Integrated Care System (HOPICS) division that leads the TRC was established in 1988. SSG is a community-based program that assists survivors of violent crimes with overcoming their victimization with the help of therapeutic, psychiatric, psychological, case management, and collaborative services. Current SSG programs such as the Homeless Coordinated Entry System, Home and Family Rental Assistance program, Community Assessment Service Center (for substance use disorder services), and the Adult Outpatient Behavioral Health Program will assist in identifying victims of crime and link them to the TRC. SSGs network of partners includes West Angeles Church, AME churches, Los Angeles Metropolitan churches, YWCA, Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking, Women's Temporary Housing Program, the LA County Department of Mental Health, the LA County Department of Children and Family Services, the LA County Department of Health Services, the Centers for Women and Children, Peacemakers Inc., First to Serve, Bethel Church Winter Shelter Program, and House of Ruth. This will be the third grant awarded to SSG, having first been awarded in 2013.

Strength United (SU), California State University at Northridge (CSUN)

Proposed fund award: $514,922 for 24 months

Strength United (SU), an auxiliary of California State University-Northridge, is partnering with Journey Out and Loved Ones Victim Services (LOVS) to provide comprehensive, coordinated, and culturally competent programming in four locations across its service areas. Founded in 1985, SU utilizes an integrated, multidisciplinary, coordinated, trauma informed, client-centered, comprehensive approach to achieving optimal, measurable outcomes for individuals and families impacted by violence and abuse. In 2012, SU formed a family justice center to remove barriers to services, collaboration and cooperation, and eliminate re-traumatization. Onsite partners include the Los Angeles Police Department, Van Nuys Division Major Assault Crimes Detectives, Dignity Health Hospital, the Center for Assault Treatment Services of Los Angeles County, forensic nurse examiners, Jewish Family Service domestic violence shelter advocates, the Los Angeles City Attorney's office, Neighborhood Legal Services, SU advocates, and a small counseling team consisting of a clinical supervisor, social workers, and marriage and family therapist trainees.

Total Proposed Award