The Village South (TVS) is requesting $2,723,821 over 5 years to support TVS’s Youth and Family TREE project (LIFE – Living Involves Family Empowerment) that will provide early intervention, recovery support services and comprehensive SUD/COD outpatient treatment to primarily Latino and other minority youth (12-25 years), and their families/primary caregivers in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties, Florida. Adolescents and transitional-age youth will have substance use disorders (SUD) and/or co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders (COD). TVS will offer these programs in coordination with local school districts and other community-based, youth-serving organizations. The project will provide comprehensive treatment, early intervention, and recovery support services to 450 unique individuals over the 5-year project period, including 50 individuals in year 1 and 100 individuals in years 2 through 5. LIFE will implement evidence-based programs to support individuals and their families or caregivers in attaining sobriety and maintaining recovery.
Project goals and objectives include: Goal 1: Increase access to care by providing culturally competent and youth-centered evidenced-based SUD/COD treatment to primarily minority youth (ages 12-25) and their families to decrease substance misuse and mental health symptoms and reduce health disparities. 1.1: Provide A-CRA/ACC to 450 unduplicated youth across the 5-year funding period. 1.2: Provide Seeking Safety to 80% of the youth having trauma-related symptoms. 1.3: Refer 85% of youth and their family members for additional services as needed. 1.4: 75% of the youth will complete A-CRA/ACC. 1.5: 80% of youth completing treatment will be alcohol and drug free during the 30 days prior to discharge, and 70% of those will be alcohol and drug free at 3/6-months post admission. 1.6: 80% of youth completing treatment will exhibit decreased depression and anxiety symptoms at discharge, and 70% of those will maintain improvements/show additional decreases at 3/6-months post admission. 1.7: 70% of youth completing Seeking Safety will report reduced trauma symptoms at discharge, and 70% of those will maintain the improvements/show additional decreases at 3/6-months post admission. Goal 2: Enhance the social and behavioral health functioning of primarily minority youth (12-25) and their families. 2.1: 80% of youth successfully completing treatment who did not have stable living arrangement at admission will have stable living arrangements at discharge, and 70% of those will maintain their living arrangements at 3/6-months post admission. 2.2: 80% of youth completing treatment will be in an educational/vocational program, be seeking employment actively, or be employed at discharge, and 70% will continue to remain enrolled, complete their education/training, or remain employed at 3/6-months post admission. 2.3: 80% of youth completing treatment will not engage in new criminal activity at discharge, and 70% will not recidivate at 3/6-months post admission. 2.4: 80% of youth completing treatment will have improved social connectedness at discharge, and 70% will maintain these improvements at 3/6-months post admission. 2.5: 80% of youth will utilize ER services less and have fewer hospitalizations for SUD and Mental Health at discharge, and 70% of those will maintain/increase this reduction at 3/6-months post admission.