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FY 2023 Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grant Program -- Improvement of Hawaii's Forensic Capabilities

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $312,708)

The Department of the Attorney General for the State of Hawaii (Department), the designated State Administering Agency for the FY 2023 Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program Formula (Coverdell) grant, submits this proposal to seek Coverdell funding to improve the quality and timeliness of forensic science services in Hawaii.
This proposal seeks Coverdell funding to target the challenges that opioid and synthetic drugs have brought to the forensic science community; to address challenges unrelated to opioid and synthetic drugs and for administrative costs. Administrative costs do not exceed 10% of the requested funding.
The Department plans to subcontract the Coverdell funds to eligible forensic laboratories and medical examiner’s offices. Subcontract recipients will be selected through a competitive process in late 2023 or early 2024. Subcontract applications will be required to address one or more of the Coverdell program areas: (1) to improve the quality and timeliness of forensic science or medical examiner/coroner services in Hawaii; (2) to eliminate a backlog in the analysis of forensic science evidence; (3) to train, assist, and employ forensic laboratory personnel and medicolegal death investigators, as needed, to eliminate such a backlog; (4) address emerging forensic science issues; (5) to educate and train forensic pathologists; and/or (6) to fund medicolegal death investigation systems to facilitate accreditation of medical examiner and coroner offices and certification of medicolegal death investigators.
The Department anticipates that Coverdell funding will improve the quality, safety, and/or timeliness of forensic science or medical examiner services in the State.  Improvements may include obtaining accreditation; expanding laboratories; hiring, training, and/or certifying staff; upgrading equipment; and reducing forensic analysis backlogs.

Date Created: September 25, 2023