Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $1,387,530)
Montana’s Crisis Intervention Advisory Board (CIAB) will be formed from members of and governed by the already existing Montana Board of Crime Control (MBCC). Once created, The CIAB will convene to discuss, inform, and direct the state’s Byrne State Crisis Intervention Program (Byrne SCIP) strategies and funding priorities for the initial four-year grant period from FY2023 – FY2026 (10/1/2022 – 9/30/2026).
Montana has no Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) laws in place therefore, it is not anticipated the CIAB will pursue any types of ERPO programs. The CIAB will consider Byrne SCIP-related court-based, behavioral health deflection, and gun safety programs or initiatives including but not limited to:
Specialized court-based programs such as drug, mental health, and veterans’ treatment courts, including those that specifically accept clients with firearm violations.
Behavioral health deflection for those at risk to themselves or others.
Funding for law enforcement agencies to safely secure, store, track, and return relinquished guns.
The CIAB will coordinate with stakeholders in a comprehensive strategic planning process. During this strategic planning process, the CIAB will determine what programs and activities are already in existence and being implemented in the state related to Byrne SCIP, and how Byrne SCIP funding may or will be used to coordinate, supplement, and compliment those program activities. The CIAB will also use this strategic planning process to develop their finalized Byrne SCIP program and budget plans.
The CIAB will meet to determine what allowable course of action they wish to take with the 60 percent share of the funds received. Even though it all may be retained by MBCC, possibly some or all the 60 percent share of Byrne SCIP funds may be passed through by MBCC for subgrant projects, depending upon the direction of the CIAB.
The MBCC as directed by the CIAB will pass through to subrecipients the entire 40 percent portion of the Byrne SCIP award to units of local government throughout the entire state of Montana. Upon being informed by the CIAB, MBCC plans to provide additional Byrne SCIP funds to state courts that provide criminal justice and civil justice services as the less-than-$10,000 jurisdictions and/or subaward the funds to such jurisdictions statewide. All 40 percent local unit of government funds and all less than $10,000 jurisdiction funds will be passed through to subgrantees through a competitive Funding Opportunity and subaward process.