Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $417,802)
The Council of State Governments/American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) will implement the Tribal Justice Capacity Building Training and Technical Assistance Program (TTA). The goals are to: (1) provide a comprehensive array of training and technical assistance to assist tribal communities' ability to implement and enhance programs to reduce alcohol, substance abuse, and related crimes, and (2) strengthen the tribal communities' ability to implement and enhance tribal justice systems to increase their knowledge of emerging technology, best practices, and new models of service. APPA will align national training opportunities with at least two of the national Interdepartmental Tribal Justice, Safety and Wellness sessions hosted by OJP. APPA will focus on funding national training and technical assistance efforts within three categories: enhancing tribal and state collaborations; enhancing tribal justice services and systems; and enhancing the development of new and promising practices in Indian Country.
APPA will develop an intermediate training curriculum utilizing a blended delivery modality consisting of specialized topics on effective case management specific to tribal probation personnel and deliver the training to up to 60 tribal probation personnel. This curriculum will build upon the introductory training that tribal probation personnel receive through the Tribal Probation Academy, sponsored by Fox Valley Technical College, a partner on this project. The curricula would focus on three evidence-based topics: assessment practices, motivational interviewing, and the Family Support Model for Community Supervision. The project will further develop the workforce of tribal justice personnel working with alcohol/substance abusing offenders under community supervision.