Innovations in Supervision Initiative–Community Corrections-Led Violence Reduction Grant Program
Deadline: March 8th
The U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), through The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center, is inviting proposals from states, localities, and federally recognized tribal jurisdictions to serve as models for probation and/or parole partnerships with law enforcement and/or prosecuting agencies to reduce violent crime and recidivism among people under supervision. The primary applicant should be a probation and/or parole agency with an existing partnership with a law enforcement and/or prosecuting agency.
BJA is dedicating $500,000 to each of three selected learning sites over the course of two years to complete the following objectives: (1) inform the development of a model and related guide focused on best practices to reduce violent crime and recidivism and (2) expand or improve existing collaborations with criminal justice partners.
For the purpose of this grant program, technical assistance will be delivered by CSG Justice Center staff and key partners from the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, National Association of Probation Executives, National Police Foundation, and George Mason University’s Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence. The CSG Justice Center and partner organizations will work with selected sites to engage in strategic planning, understand and assess existing partnerships, create or strengthen data sharing methods, and develop policies and procedures to enhance related partnerships focused on reducing violent crime and recidivism. Information and data gathered from site visits and technical assistance during this process will then be used to inform the development of a model or related guide that outlines best practices for community corrections-led partnerships that reduce violent crime and recidivism.
Proposals for this grant program—which should be no longer than 10 pages—should be submitted to Andrea Lee, senior policy analyst at the CSG Justice Center, at email@example.com by Friday, March 8, 2019. The application should include a narrative that
Defines the violent crime and/or recidivism problem the partnership is trying to address;
Demonstrates an existing partnership with law enforcement and/or prosecuting agencies that has reduced violent crime and/or recidivism by people on probation or parole supervision;
Describes how the partnership’s ability to reduce violent crime and/or recidivism will be enhanced through this grant program;
Demonstrates the agency’s and partners’ commitment to best and promising practices;
Describes how project partners currently collect and share data, including outcome and evaluation data, if applicable; and
Demonstrates that the primary applicant can track and report all proposed budget items.
After review of the proposals, applicants will be notified of award decisions on or around April 11, 2019.
Planning Initiative to Build Bridges Between Jail and Community-Based Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder
America’s correctional facilities sit at the epicenter of the opioid overdose crisis. Nationally, nearly one in five people entering local jails has an opioid use disorder (OUD), and some states estimate that a majority of their residents with OUDs pass through the doors of their jails each year. The high prevalence of OUDs in the jail population is especially concerning given the high rates of overdose post-release. Studies have estimated that formerly incarcerated people are significantly more likely to die of a drug overdose in the two weeks immediately post-release than are members of the general population. Individuals with OUDs who leave jail untreated also may continue their drug use, which can contribute to recidivism and reincarceration.
Our country’s opioid epidemic is not a problem without solutions. Medication-assisted treatment (MAT), the use of FDA-approved medications in combination with counseling and recovery support, is the gold standard treatment for OUD and has been shown to reduce fatal overdoses and illicit drug use. Unfortunately, treatment access is limited in most communities and absent in many jails. This is a significant missed opportunity to initiate treatment for individuals with OUD while they are incarcerated and after they are released in the community.
Implementing MAT in jails and enhancing collaboration between jails and community providers are required to change the course of the opioid epidemic, but these are not easy tasks for local jurisdictions. The Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR) released this solicitation on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). BJA is joining efforts with Arnold Ventures to support a nine-month planning initiative designed to help communities develop a comprehensive continuum of care model that targets the jail population and builds bridges between in-custody and community-based treatment.
Under this solicitation, up to 15 communities will be selected to participate in the planning initiative. Communities that are selected for the planning initiative will:
- Receive full travel scholarships for five team members to participate in two face-to-face meetings that will be held in Washington, DC, between July 2019 and February 2020. These meetings will be approximately two days in length. The scholarships will be managed as travel reimbursements, meaning that attendees will pay for their travel and be reimbursed for their eligible expenses according to federal travel guidelines after each training.
- Have a meaningful opportunity to learn from experts and from one another. Over the course of nine months, there will be four virtual peer-to-peer exchanges, monthly coaching calls with subject experts, and tailored technical assistance for strategic planning.
- Be eligible for additional funding and technical assistance to implement a continuum of care model to treat individuals with OUDs in the jail and the community.