Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $7,945,884)
To reduce the prevalence of gun violence in the state of Michigan, the Michigan State Police (MSP), Grants and Community Services Division (GCSD), will administer the Byrne State Crisis Intervention Program (Byrne SCIP) through awards focusing, at a minimum, on the following topics: (1) parent, youth, and victim services firearm violence reduction education and outreach, (2) judicial threat assessment training, (3) healthcare behavioral threat assessment training, and (4) ballistic identification technology projects with law enforcement, prosecutor, healthcare, behavioral health, and community partners. Spurred by the tragedy of the fatal shooting at the Oxford Community Schools late in 2021, Michigan students, families, and those within the educational, public safety, and mental health communities have engaged in a number of efforts designed to prevent, respond, and recover from firearm violence. The MSP will initiate FY 2022-23 Byrne SCIP projects in two subgrant phases to fund (1) parent and youth firearm violence reduction education and outreach, (2) judicial threat assessment training, and (3) healthcare behavioral threat assessment training projects. Phase 1 of the subgrant process coincides with MSP’s initial application and includes early proposals for sub-awardees for BJA approval to streamline project implementation. Specifically, MSP solicited project proposals for some of its intended sub-awardees with an established presence in gun violence harm reduction throughout the state in preparation for the FY 2022-23 Byrne SCIP application package. These initial proposals were reviewed for alignment with the BJA’s program solicitation and the project’s scope of work. In Phase 2, additional awards will be solicited through follow-up work with the evaluator and identification of community organizations ready and prepared to develop and implement a program focusing on identified needs. Organizations will be asked to look into comprehensive programs with multidisciplinary and multi-agency partnerships that address gun violence issues specific to their communities. Community agencies will be asked to form partnerships with their local government to serve as the fiduciary and ensure buy-in for the proposed initiatives.