Include Intervention through de-escalation and conflict mediation methods and Programs encompassing a wide variety of activities, showing youth new opportunities and teaching new skills. Both services work together to address violence before and after it happens, as well as trauma experienced by victims of gun violence.  As well as trainings in intervention and program construction.

Risk Reduction

Effective Interventions Through Effective NMRD Programs – NMRD employs what is commonly referred to as the Risk Reduction Model of violence prevention. The model was created from the work of J. David Hawkins & Richard Catelano. These men looked at 50 years of research in developing a program called Communities That Care (CTC) which belongs to the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) in the office of the United States Government's Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). CTC is a coalition-based prevention operating system that uses a public health approach to prevent youth problem behaviors such as violence, delinquency, school dropout and substance abuse. The focus is on strengthening protective factors (wrap around services) that can buffer young people from problem behaviors and promote positive youth development. 

This Risk Reduction approach to addressing negative behaviors uses effective programs that are designed to impact the participant’s attitudes that lead to bad choices. Any youth that is in a diversion program and/or recently released from custody has to have an opportunity to really start fresh. That means that the aftercare following the initial diversion processes has to replace old street successes with new opportunity and chances to succeed. We think our program package does that.


Our street team are uniquely qualified for their positions having lived through gun violence themselves, or have had family members become victims—they're driven to make change in the communities they care about. All team members are trained in Conflict Resolution by our partner Peace Ed, and are aware of CBT methods in their day to day interactions.

Cognitive Behavior Treatment

The NMRD intervention team are trained to use CBT instructed by ROCA using their method called 'Rewire CBT'. 

"...​a seven-skill cognitive behavioral theory (CBT) approach designed for frontline staff to help young people learn and practice the lifesaving skills they need to heal from trauma and increasingly make healthier choices."

  • Risk Reduction
  • De-escalation
  • Conflict Mediation
  • Cognitive Behavioral Treatment (CBT)


Measured by upfront intakes, periodic assessments of interactions and community engagement

  • Lower numbers of homicides and GSW
  • Less youth incarcerated
  • More positive mentors for youth
  • Positive lifestyle changes - reduction in negative behaviors
  • Access to needed resources, such as therapy, food, or employment

In 2023​...

Team Members

Qualified and experienced


Including arts and recreation

Referred Participants

from all over Louisville