Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $644,469)
The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) requires applicants for the FY 2022-2023 Byrne State Crisis Intervention Program (SCIP) Formula Solicitation to submit a program narrative that identifies the state's priorities to prevent or reduce crime and violence, with a particular focus at the creation and/or implementation of extreme risk protection order (ERPO) programs, state crisis intervention court proceedings and related gun violence and the programs and initiatives that target the risk factors that are likely to lead to the violence. Until such time as the SCIP Advisory Board is in place to approve the FY 2022-2023 SCIP Plan and Budget, Guam's proposed preliminary use of SCIP funds will support components of the criminal justice system from the courts, law enforcement, crisis intervention programs, and information technology initiatives. The proposed SCIP use of funds will support a broad range of activities to prevent and reduce crime and violence based on local needs and conditions and will provide the flexibility to prioritize and place justice funds where they are most needed. The goal of the FY 2022-2023 SCIP is to prevent or reduce crime and violence with a particular focus on gun violence and the programs and initiatives that target the risk factors. The project objectives to achieve these goals include the following: (1) to expand the capacity of specialized treatment courts to assist clients most likely to commit or become victims of gun crimes; (2) to expand technological supports and/or telehealth initiatives to help families and patients navigate mental health and related systems and telehealth initiatives outside the hospital; (3) to provide technology or information sharing solutions to inform when a prohibited person attempt to purchase a firearm; (4) to provide law enforcement agencies to safely secure, store, track, and return relinquished guns and development; (5) to provide for specialized training; and (6) to evaluate effectiveness of programs and initiatives in preventing violence and suicide and measures that safeguard the constitutional rights of individual subject to a crisis intervention program and or ERPO initiative.