Second Chance Act Grant Programs: Responding to the FY 2014 Smart Supervision Solicita@on Brought to you by the Na.onal Reentry Resource Center and the Bureau of Jus.ce Assistance, U.S. Department of Jus.ce © 2014 Council of State Governments Jus.ce Center
Speakers • Leah Kane Deputy Program Director, Reentry Council of State Governments Jus.ce Center • Julie James Senior Policy Advisor Bureau of Jus.ce Assistance U.S. Department of Jus.ce
The Second Chance Act • Public Law 110-‐199 signed into law on April 8, 2008 • Purpose: to help states and communi.es reduce recidivism
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The Second Chance Act Current Funding Opportuni.es • In ﬁscal year (FY) 2014, $67.7 million was appropriated for Second Chance Act grant programs. • Funding will be distributed between adult and juvenile grant programs, and across solicita.ons. • Three FY14 solicita.ons have been released to date: • Smart Supervision Program: Reducing Prison Popula.ons, Saving Money, and Crea.ng Safer Communi.es: hTps://www.bja.gov/Funding/14SmartSupervisionSol.pdf • Reentry Program for Adult Oﬀenders with Co-‐Occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Health Disorders: hTps://www.bja.gov/Funding/14SCACoOccurringDisordersSol.pdf • Technology Career Training Program for Incarcerated Adults and Juveniles: hTps://www.bja.gov/Funding/14SCATechCareersSol.pdf
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Smart Supervision: Reducing Prison Popula.ons, Saving Money, and Crea.ng Safer Communi.es • Solicita.on is available at hTps://www.bja.gov/Funding/14SmartSupervisionSol.pdf. • Applica.ons are due on April 7, 2014. • Applicants are limited to states, units of local government, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments.
Smart Supervision • Goal: develop and test innova.ve strategies and implement evidence-‐based proba@on and parole approaches that increase community safety and reduce violent crime by eﬀec.vely addressing individuals’ risk and needs and reducing recidivism.
Objec.ves • Improve supervision strategies that will reduce recidivism. • Promote and increase collabora.on among agencies and oﬃcials who work in proba.on, parole, pretrial, law enforcement, treatment, reentry, and related community correc.ons ﬁelds. • Develop and implement strategies for the iden.ﬁca.on, supervision, and treatment of “high risk/ high needs” supervisees that may serve as a model for other agencies throughout the na.on.
Objec.ves (con.nued) • Develop and implement strategies to iden.fy and enroll uninsured supervisees into Medicaid, or other insurance through health exchanges, and to connect them to treatment providers as appropriate. • Objec.vely assess and/or evaluate the impact of innova.ve and evidence-‐based supervision and treatment strategies. • Demonstrate the use and eﬃcacy of evidence-‐based prac.ces and principles to improve the delivery of supervision strategies and prac.ces.
Mandatory Requirements All projects are required to include the following components within their proposal materials: • Demonstrate agency commitment to the proposed ini.a.ve. • Clearly demonstrate the appropriate use and integra.on of evidence-‐based principles such as the assessment of risk and needs. • Document a baseline recidivism rate based on historical data. • Incorporate a research partner to assist with a) data collec.on and analysis, b) problem assessment, c) strategy development, or d) monitoring and evalua.on performance.
Approved Uses of Funds Proposed projects must include at least one of the approved uses listed below:
• Increase the capacity of states, locali.es, and tribal communi.es to help proba.on or parole agencies improve supervision. • Test new policies and strategies in community supervision and treatment to increase public safety and generate savings. • Analyze and implement changes to policies and prac.ces that guide community supervision condi.ons and revoca.on procedures. • Promote the use of evidence-‐based programs and strategies by service providers that provide treatment, aiercare, reentry services, and alterna.ves to incarcera.on to those on supervision. • Plan and strategize for how expanded op.ons for access to healthcare can enhance outcomes for supervisees. • Expand collabora.on and strategic partnerships between community supervision agencies and law enforcement. • Evaluate the results of the new strategies and tools tested through this ini.a.ve.
Selec.on Criteria • Program narra.ve must address: – Statement of the Problem (15% of total score) – Program Design and Implementa.on (35%) – Capabili.es and Competencies (25%) – Plan for Collec.ng the Data Required for this Solicita.on’s Performance Measures (5%) – Impact/Outcomes, Evalua.on, and Sustainment (10%)
• Budget accounts of 10% of total score • Please see pages 11-‐16 of the solicita.on for a full list of applica.on requirements
Statement of the Problem • Clearly deﬁne the scope of the problem the proposed project seeks to impact. – Size and demographic make-‐up of the popula.on – Current organiza.on/management structure of the responsible agency/en.ty – Describe the use of evidence-‐based strategies including the type of risk/needs assessment instrument u.lized – Describe current viola.on rate and translate into baseline recidivism rate. Clearly ar.culate how the recidivism rate is calculated.
• Describe how the applicant an.cipates the project’s implementa.on will improve the eﬀec.veness and eﬃciency of the delivery of supervision. • Explain the inability to fund the program adequately without federal assistance.
Program Design and Implementa.on • Clearly ar.culate the goals of the proposed project and connect them to the overarching goals of the solicita.on set forth on page 5. • Describe how the proposed project ac.vi.es will address the Mandatory Project Components on page 5. • Refer to the “approved uses of funds” sec.on on pages 5-‐7 and describe speciﬁcally which areas the project will address.
Program Design and Implementa.on (con.nued) • Use data to support the project design. • Describe the roles and responsibili.es of the research partner and how the role of the role of the research partner is integrated into the SSP strategy. • Indicate the number of people under community supervision who would receive services if this proposal is funded.
Capabili.es/Competencies • Describe the management structure and staﬃng of the project, iden.fying the agency responsible for the project and the grant coordinator. • Demonstrate the capability of the implemen.ng agency and collabora.ve partners to implement the project, including gathering and analyzing informa.on, developing a plan, and evalua.ng the program. • Describe the qualiﬁca.ons of the SSP research partner and the prior experience of the researcher with “ac.on research,” including prior work with proba.on or parole agencies and other criminal jus.ce partners.
Plan for Collec.ng Data • Current performance measures for this program are available at hTp://www.bjaperformancetools.org/help/SPPMeasures.pdf. – Performance measures as wriTen apply only to proba.on, but will be adjusted to include parole.
• By applying for the solicita.on, all applicants agree that they will report on these measures when they are released in their ﬁnal form. • All applicants must their method and process for collec.ng and repor.ng required performance metrics data.
Impact/Outcomes, Evalua.on, and Sustainment • Iden.fy goals and objec.ves for program development, implementa.on, and outcomes. • Describe how performance will be documented, monitored, and evaluated, and iden.fy the impact of the strategy once implemented. • Outline what data and informa.on will be collected and describe how evalua.on and collabora.ve partnerships will be leveraged to build long-‐ term support and resources for the program. • Describe a plan for the evalua.on of the project and document a collabora.ve rela.onship with an objec.ve, third-‐party evaluator such as a local college or university. Speciﬁcally iden.fy and describe the partnership and collabora.on • Discuss how this eﬀort will be integrated into the state or tribal jus.ce system plans or commitments, how the program will be ﬁnancially sustained aier federal funding ends, and the expected long-‐term results for the program.
Budget • Con.ngent upon the availability of funds, awards of up to $750,000 will be made for a period of up to 36 months. • Applicants must provide a proposed budget that is complete, cost eﬀec.ve, and allowable (reasonable, allocable, and necessary for project ac.vi.es). • Applicants should set aside an appropriate percent of the total grant award for research, data collec.on, performance measurement, and performance assessment. • Applicants must budget funding to travel to Department of Jus.ce-‐sponsored grant mee.ngs. Applicants should es.mate the costs of travel and accommoda.ons for three people to aTend two three-‐day mee.ngs in Washington D.C.
Matching Requirement This solicita.on does not require a match. However, if an applicant proposes a voluntary match amount, receives an award, and OJP approves their budget, the match amount becomes mandatory and subject to audit.
Addi.onal ATachments • See page 14-‐16 of the solicita.on for other required aTachments, including: – LeTers of support – Project .meline – Posi.on descrip.ons – Disclosure of pending applica.ons – Research and Evalua.on Independence and Integrity
Contact Informa.on For ques@ons about the process of submiDng an applica@on: For technical assistance with submiong the applica.on, contact the Grants.gov Customer Support Hotline at 1-‐800-‐518-‐4726 or via e-‐mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Grants.gov Support Hotline hours of opera.on are 24 hours, 7 days a week, except federal holidays. For ques@ons about the speciﬁc requirements of the solicita@on: For assistance with any other requirements of the solicita.on, contact the BJA Jus.ce Informa.on Center at 1-‐877-‐927-‐5657 or via email to JIC@telesishq.com. The BJA Jus.ce Informa.on Center hours of opera.on are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, and 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET on the solicita.on close date.
Other Helpful Resources Applicants can obtain more informa.on on evidence-‐based strategies for proba.on supervision from the following resources: • A Ten-‐Step Guide to Transforming Proba7on Departments to Reduce Recidivism, Council of State Governments Jus.ce Center ( hTp://csgjus.cecenter.org/correc.ons/publica.ons/ten-‐step-‐ guide-‐to-‐transforming-‐proba.on-‐departments-‐to-‐reduce-‐ recidivism/) • Pu<ng Public Safety First: 13 Strategies for Successful Supervision and Reentry, The Urban Ins.tute ( www.urban.org/UploadedPDF/411800_public_safety_ﬁrst.pdf) • Maximum Impact: Targe7ng Supervision on Higher-‐Risk People, Places and Times, The Pew Center on the States (www.pewcenteronthestates.org/report_detail.aspx?id=54209)
Ques.ons and Answers
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This presenta.on was prepared by the Council of State Governments Jus.ce Center, in partnership with Gary Dennis, Senior Policy Advisor to the Bureau of Jus.ce Assistance, U.S. Department of Jus.ce. Presenta.ons are not externally reviewed for form or content. The statements reﬂect the views of the authors and should not be considered the oﬃcial posi.on of the CSG Jus.ce Center, the members of the Council of State Governments.