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Function First: An Online Assessment and Intervention Tool to Reduce Runaways

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: National Institutes of Health
Contract: 1R43HD082934-01
Agency Tracking Number: R43HD082934
Amount: $149,619.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: NICHD
Solicitation Number: PA14-071
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2014
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
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NEEDHAM, MA 02494-3191
United States
DUNS: 621513451
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: Yes
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 KATHLEEN FERREIRA
 (781) 247-1802
 kferreira@center4si.com
Business Contact
 JEFFREY OLIVET
Phone: (781) 247-1802
Email: jolivet@center4si.com
Research Institution
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Abstract

? DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): An estimated 1.6 to 2.8 million youth run away or are evicted by their caregivers in the US each year. Youth in foster care are twice as likely to exhibi runaway behaviors as youth in the general population. Theyfrequently face dangerous situations, engage in high-risk behaviors, and have problems that include drug and alcohol abuse, severe emotional and conduct disorders, school failure, criminal behavior, and victimization. Yet little research has explored howbest to decrease running away of youth in foster care, and virtually no interventions are available to support providers working with these youth. To address this challenge, the Center for Social Innovation (C4) and the University of South Florida's Department of Child and Family Studies (USF) propose to adapt USF's assessment and intervention tool [Functional Assessment Interview for Runaways (FAIR)] into an innovative, highly interactive, and widely accessible web-based tool entitled Function First: An On

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