Office of Social Service Research & Development: Current Projects

 

Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination (BRAVE)

A replication of the “Ceasefire” type focused deterrence model of crime intervention, implemented in the highest crime area of Baton Rouge.  This project focuses on cracking down on the worst youthful offenders in the targeted area, while providing alternatives to violence and crime for those willing to accept them.  OSSRD was instrumental in drafting the grant that secured initial BRAVE funding, and has been responsible for various components of its implementation, including bringing stakeholders and relevant researchers on board. 

Year 4 Evaluation Report         

YEAR 3 EVALUATION REPORT         

Years 1 and 2 Evaluation Report

 

Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BYRNE)

Provides 6 innovative strategies practices to suppress the drives of crime in six Baton Rouge neighborhoods (Eden Park, Greenville Extension, Istrouma, Midtown, Smiley Heights, Melrose East). Strategies include community crime meetings, blight/legal clinics, after school youth programming

Funding source: Department of Justice (DOJ) US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the US Department of Education, and National Institute of Justice
Partners: City- Parish, LSU, Employ BR, BRAVE, Southern University Law School 

 

Choice Neighborhood

Implements innovative policing practices to suppress crime in six Baton Rouge neighborhoods.

Funding source: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Partners: City- Parish, state agencies, social service providers, law enforcement, the courts

 

 

LA SBIRT Student Training Program

Provides assessment and services in 8 sites, and facilitating systems level improvements around the state aimed at treating substance abuse and co-occurring disorders for 16-25 yrs. old. The LA SBIRT Student Training Program specifically targets social work students, medical residents, and their supervisors.

Funding source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Partners: DHH (OBH), LSU School of Social Work

 

Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children's Health (LAUNCH)

Facilitates the improvement of provision of behavioral health services, education, and systems change for children aged 0-8 in the Acadiana area of Louisiana (Acadia, Vermilion, and Lafayette parishes).

Funding source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Partners: DHH (OBH and OPH), Tulane, LSU School of Social Work

 

Louisiana Dropout Study

Explores the impacts of dropping out versus graduating from Louisiana public schools on later criminal activity (as defined by Department of Corrections [DOC] involvement). This is a prominent sub-component of the Research on Louisiana Life Pathways for At-Risk Youth project. (See below.)

Funding source: OSSRD
Partners: Departments of Education and Corrections, Office of Juvenile Justice, department of Children and Family Services, Workforce Commission

 

Louisiana Life Pathways for At-Risk Youth

Examines the life pathways of Louisiana’s at-risk population. This research examines socio-economic context, family-based factors, school-based factors, the history of problem behaviors by youths, as well as intervention programs, job training programs, and social/educational policies as they may affect the type/degree and frequency of undesirable activities engaged in by at-risk youth. Data used in this study are taken from various agencies across the state, including the Louisiana Department of Education (DOE), the Office of Juvenile Justice (OJJ), the Department of Corrections (DOC), the Truancy Assessment and Service Center (TASC), and the BRAVE project.

Funding source: OSSRD
Partners: LA DOE, OJJ, DOC, TASC, and BRAVE

 

Performance Partnership Pilot (P3)

Establishes a coordinated infrastructure that will serve disconnected youth ages 14-24 who attend specialized schools in East Baton Rouge Parish School System (EBRPSS). BRP3 will be evaluated with a random controlled trial. Two EBRPSS public schools are the pilot sites. The schools were selected are Greenville Superintendent’s Academy (SA) and Northdale Superintendent’s Academy.

Funding source: U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Labor
Partners: Office of Mayor-President of Baton Rouge, Employ BR, Department of Juvenile Justice, The East Baton Rouge Parish School System, the Baton Rouge Community College, and OSSRD

 

Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)

Provides assessment and services in 8 sites, and facilitating systems level improvements around the state aimed at treating substance abuse and co-occurring disorders for 16-25 yrs. old. The LA SBIRT Student Training Program specifically targets social work students, medical residents, and their supervisors.

Funding source: Office of Juvenile Justice (OJJ)
Partners: Office of Juvenile Justice (OJJ)

 

 

Youth Empowerment Program (YEP)

Provides an after school program for 4th and 5th grade elementary boys in 2 schools located in the BR Choice and BCJI areas. This programs offers academic assistance, social emotional character development, and enrichment activities.

Funding source: US Department of Health and Hospitals, Office of Minority Health
Partners: LSU, CHSE, East Baton Rouge Parish School System

 

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