Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $249,996)
The Comprehensive Approaches to Sex Offender Management (CASOM) Grant Program is authorized under Title IV of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, Pub. L. No. 103-322, 42 U.S.C. 13941. The CASOM grants are awarded to state, local, and tribal jurisdictions to develop or enhance sex offender management practices for offenders under community supervision. The Office of Justice Programs awards implementation and enhancement grants. Implementation and enhancement grants are intended to assist jurisdictions either to implement strategic plans already developed or to enhance existing sex offender management strategies.
Sedgwick County, Kansas intends to be a community where collaboration among professionals is maximized to effectively provide for diverse treatment needs of juvenile sex offenders, safety of residents, and support of victims. Through fiscal year 2007 CASOM funding, Sedgwick County anticipates accomplishing the principles of a comprehensive approach to sex offender management more fully in the community. Sedgwick County's Juvenile Sex Offender Management Multidisciplinary Team (JSOM MDT) will complete a critical assessment of their system's current handling of juvenile sex offenders. This will allow program administrators to be in a better position to make informed decisions regarding system improvements and priorities during the enhancement phase. In on-going efforts, JSOM MDT will assess the strengths and weaknesses of their approach to sex offender management, identify resources, prioritize strategies to strengthen current practices, target ages 10 - 23, and continually monitor the effectiveness of managing this population.