Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $9,527,496)
The purpose of the Illinois State Crisis Intervention Program (SCIP) will be to identify and implement programs that work to keep guns out of the hands of those who pose a threat to themselves or others.
The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) is governed by a 25-member board of state and local leaders in all components of the criminal justice and public health community, and experts from the private sector drawn from across the state. This board and its designees will designate a SCIP Advisory Council in early 2023.
ICJIA is supported by a full-time professional grant and research staff working from the agency’s offices in Chicago and Springfield. Dedicated SCIP staff will develop a SCIP briefing book for Advisory Council members to provide relevant criminal justice administrative data, information on current firearm violence prevention initiatives across the state, and evidence-based programs to address gun violence. In early 2023, staff will convene the Advisory Council to review briefing information, identify priorities, and develop a plan for the use of SCIP funding across the state.
Following approval of the plan by the Office of Justice Programs, staff will develop competitive Notices of Funding Opportunity (NOFOs) that will be used to solicit applications for state and local funding according to the established priorities. Applications will be assessed using a formal Merit Based Review process. Designation recommendations will be submitted to the Advisory Council and ICJIA Budget Committee for review and approval before being submitted to OJP for final approval.
During the grant negotiation phase, grantees will be provided a 10-week technical assistance series to strengthen their grant administration capacity. SCIP grant staff will monitor grants for financial and programmatic performance through periodic fiscal and data reporting as well as site visits with each grantee. A dedicated SCIP researcher and SCIP grant staff will convene the Advisory Council quarterly to report progress on program implementation and further refine SCIP activity.
The implementation of SCIP programs across the state is expected to enhance law enforcement and mental health provider capacity to reduce gun violence while preserving individual rights.