Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $2,300,000)
The Council of State Governments Justice Center (CSGJC) seeks $2,300,000 from the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) to provide Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) to Connect and Protect (C&P) grantees. Our goals are to position grantees to: 1) enhance law enforcement (LE) and behavioral health (BH) cross-system collaboration; and 2) assist LE, BH, and social service provider partners to design, develop, and implement model response programs to improve public safety responses and outcomes for people with mental health disorders (MHDs) and co-occurring substance use disorders (MHSUDs) who encounter the justice system.
TTA will be designed to ensure that grantees implement a system-wide, coordinated approach that encompasses best practice models that partner LE and BH, identify and address racial and ethnic disparities, employ effective data-collection and program evaluation, and the development of sustainability plans. With our partners, we will provide individualized, efficient, and consistent TTA tailored to the needs of the C&P grantees to create and sustain programs.
Building on our success as the C&P TTA provider, our approach will include: delivering TTA that is aligned with evidence-based practices to improve outcomes for the target populations; a TA Coach for each site to support grantees; using Planning & Implementation Guides to support grantees in systematic planning; tailoring assistance to the specific needs of cohorts of grantees (e.g., rural, urban, different response models) that includes individualized TTA Plans; offering peer-to-peer learning; and drawing on outside experts to enhance TTA; and development of resources and tools to support grantees meet goals.
CSGJC will focus on the following objectives:
Provide direct TTA to C&P: LE-BH site-based grantees and resources to LE agencies and community service partnerships to plan and implement a model LE-BH response program, with the University of Cincinnati.
Provide individualized, efficient, and consistent delivery of TTA to help grantees meet their federally funded program objectives and achieve a sustainable program by the end of their project period.
Assist grantees that are interested to learn about, and develop, a uniform program evaluation. Routinely engage grantees on their evaluation activities including: data collection, providing guidance on the evaluation plan to ensure quality design, relationship with evaluators, and evaluation plan progress.