Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $29,231,074)
The California State Crisis Intervention Program will focus on developing a multipronged approach to decreasing gun violence in California, supporting local jurisdictions in their efforts to improve firearms relinquishment procedures and supporting the enhancement of collaborative court programs that address behavioral health issues, with a focus on people who are at higher risk for gun violence. Subject to direction from the State’s Crisis Intervention Advisory Board, California’s Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) anticipates making subawards to the California Judicial Council and to units of local government in California.
State Share Allocation
The Judicial Council proposes to implement a statewide project that improves compliance with California’s 2016 Background Checks for Ammunition Purchases and Large-Capacity Ammunition Magazine Ban Initiative (Proposition 63) and both expands and enhances collaborative courts by providing funding, training and technical assistance. This project will also entail conducting operations research on the executions of relinquishment orders, warrants and records management, and physical custody and retention of relinquished firearms. That operations research will focus on identifying implementation challenges and effective practices with the goal of developing model procedures that will assist courts in facilitating relinquishment orders. The majority of the requested funding will be allocated to select collaborative courts through a proposal submission and review process over the course of the initial four-year funding period.
Less Than $10,000 Allocation
The Judicial Council will also identify superior courts that serve California’s “Less-than-$10,000 jurisdictions,” and encourage them to apply for funding. Because California is so varied in county size and populations, it is anticipated that local Superior Courts that service smaller jurisdictions will benefit from the additional funding. Any smaller superior courts that apply will be supported as appropriate to submit a program proposal that either expands and enhances a collaborative court and/or focuses on developing local policies and procedures to remediate issues related to gun violence, relinquishment, or bans including ammunition and lethal weapon buybacks.
Local Pass-Through Allocation
The BSCC intends to subaward the Local Pass-Through Allocation to units of local government to fund program activities including, but not limited to, law enforcement programs to safely secure, store, track, and return relinquished guns, behavioral health deflection programs for those at risk to themselves or others, and programs that support the collaborative court processes discussed above.