Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $1,306,219)
In the development of the program plan, the NH Department of Justice (NH DOJ), as the State Administering Agency (SAA), invited key stakeholders from law enforcement, behavioral health, judicial and justice personnel at local and state levels, as well as a member from the community. The demand for establishing related court-based and behavioral health deflection programs or initiatives were utilized by the SCIP Advisory Board to finalize New Hampshire’s SCIP priority areas.
The SCIP Advisory Board will discuss proposed areas for this award funding, including implementing state crisis intervention court proceedings, and related gun violence reduction initiatives or programs. Furthermore, selected areas involving clients with firearm violations in areas such as court-based programs to include drug, mental health, and veteran treatment courts would be explored. Behavioral health deflection for individuals who pose a risk to themselves or others.
When determining funding programs for the State programs under this award, the SCIP Advisory Board will be mindful of the local Pass-through Requirement and the Less than $10,000 Pass-through requirement.
Local Pass-through Requirement
The State of New Hampshire will pass through the required 40 percent to local governments, which may include a prosecutor’s office, a public defender’s office, a law enforcement agency, a public health agency or a court system. The SCIP Advisory Board will determine the best organizations in the State to receive this funding.
Once these organizations are identified as subawards by the SCIP Advisory Board, a Programmatic Costs GAM for approval of the selected subawards will be submitted prior to any funding being allocated.
Less Than $10,000 Pass-through Requirement
The State will allocate funding to the units of local government that were not eligible to receive a direct JAG due to their small size as a condition of this award. These are referred to as “Less than $10,000 jurisdictions”. An additional condition for these organizations to receive funding under this award parameter is that they provide criminal and civil justice services within the state and/or subaward the funds to such jurisdictions.
Once these organizations are identified as subawards by the SCIP Advisory Board, a Programmatic Costs GAM for approval of all subawards will be submitted prior to any funding being allocated.
The NH DOJ will submit a required pass-through waiver certification from affected local court jurisdictions for “The Less Than $10,000 Pass-through Requirement” for Award 15PBJA-23-GG-00022-BSCI to satisfy the solicitation requirement that “the benefiting units of local government voluntarily certifies in writing that the specified amount of state-administered funds will directly benefit the units of local government in question and funding the project at the state level is in the best interest of these units of local government".
If approved, this request will allocate the “The Less Than $10,000 Pass-through Requirement” and a portion of state funding to a proposed subrecipient, which will be submitted to BJA for approval, as required.
The State of New Hampshire is unique in that a unified court system was established. “In 1971, a unified court system was established by the New Hampshire legislature to improve the administration of justice and the efficient operation of all the courts. In 1983, the State legislature consolidated funding for all the state courts into the State's biennial budget. Previously, the Superior and Probate Courts were funded by the counties and the District Courts by the cities and towns in which they were located. Legislation also established what is now known as the Administrative Office of the Courts, consolidating personnel, accounting, technology, and budgeting into one central office.
The SCIP Advisory Board members will then vote to approve or disapprove program initiatives to allocate the remaining funding, with the final determination of the proposed projects to be forwarded to the BJA, as required, for approval.