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FFY 2023 New York State Paul Coverdell Formula Application

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $1,262,580)

Forensic laboratories have seen a dramatic increase in fentanyl-related deaths. This funding will assist New York State's accredited forensic and medical examiner laboratories in improving the quality and timeliness of forensic science services and reducing backlogs. 

This proposal requests funding including New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) State administrative expenses. This award will specifically target the challenges the opioid and synthetic drug crisis has brought to the forensic science community. DCJS administrative expenses are related to oversight and compliance on the opioid and synthetic drug related funding. The remaining (45%) of funding will be distributed to target non-opioid drug and synthetic drug related funding. The award amount, less administrative costs, will be distributed evenly to the nineteen (19) interested laboratories to provide them with resources to help continue to improve the quality and timeliness of public forensic and medical examiner services. 

DCJS will work closely with these laboratories to improve their efficiency and effectiveness in the delivery of forensic analysis services to their client agencies. These funds will support items, such as laboratory equipment, personnel/fringe, accreditation fees, training, and supplies to support case processing, which will result in trained personnel, increased laboratory efficiency, laboratory staff completing multiple tasks simultaneously, and backlog reductions.

Date Created: September 25, 2023