U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
Grant to a USA nonprofit, public, or private academic organization or public college or university to provide technical assistance and training to criminal justice and law enforcement agencies. The purpose of the grant program is to improve responses to individuals with mental illness and intellectual and developmental disabilities. Applicants are advised to complete registrations and submit applications well in advance of the deadline.
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is seeking applications for funding An Academic-based Training Initiative to Improve Police Responses for People with Mental Illness and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. This program furthers the Department’s mission by providing training and technical assistance (TTA) to law enforcement and other criminal justice agencies and their behavioral health service partners to improve responses and reduce crime and recidivism associated with people who have mental illnesses and intellectual and developmental disabilities.
This initiative focuses on developing academic-based, transdisciplinary crisis intervention training to educate, train, and prepare law enforcement officers so that they are equipped to appropriately interact with people who have MI and IDD in the course of completing their job responsibilities. This training should be developed by an institution of higher education, in conjunction with health care professionals, to provide crisis intervention training that will focus on understanding mental and behavioral health, developing empathy, navigating community resources, and de-escalation skills and practical application training of those skills for all first responders. This grant program will serve as a pilot program, establishing best practices for law enforcement agencies.
Note: Applicants must collaborate with other BJA cooperative agreement recipients in order to better service the training needs of local communities; they are expected to coordinate and collaborate only after awards have been made.
The overall purpose of the academic-based training initiative is to enhance and increase crisis training and support to states, tribes, and county and local jurisdictions through a pilot program.
Objective: Develop, enhance, and implement crisis intervention team/crisis response training for law enforcement and first responders that is based in academia and transdisciplinary.
For a list of deliverables and activities related to the above objective, see: https://www.bja.gov/funding/AcademicLETA19.pdf#page=6
GrantWatch ID#: 186637
Estimated maximum dollar amount for each award up to $2,254,000.
Period of performance start date is January 1, 2020.
Period of performance duration is 36 Months.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
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