The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 for the Restrictive Housing Populations Training Program. This program is designed to build the capacity of federal, state, local, and tribal correctional agencies to develop, establish, and enhance restrictive housing operations and programs.
Applicants must register with Grants.gov prior to submitting an application. NIC encourages applicants to register several weeks before the application submission deadline. In addition, NIC urges applicants to submit applications 72 hours prior to the application due date. All applications are due to be submitted and in receipt of a successful validation message in Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on July 7, 2023.
The goal of this program is to safely reduce restrictive housing populations by providing training to federal, state, local, and tribal correctional agencies concerning best and promising restrictive housing practices.
The following are the primary objectives of this project:
- Update and revise existing Managing Restrictive Housing Populations ILT and VILT curricula for jails and prisons and develop adjunct and support content and material as needed.
- Provide ILT and VILT restrictive housing training to federal, state, local, and tribal correctional agencies.
applicant must complete the following deliverables during the project period. The program narrative should reflect how the applicant(s) will accomplish activities to meet the required deliverables as follows:
- Conduct an initial virtual meeting with NIC within fifteen days of the award to review goals and objectives, discuss and develop a timeline of activities, role clarification, overview of the project, and the project concept plan.
- Facilitate a planning session (virtual or onsite) no later than 45 days from award. The purpose of the planning session is to develop the work plan in accordance with the elements of the cooperative agreement and to identify content for revision and updates to the existing curriculum ILT curriculum. The awardee is expected to have all subject matter experts (SMEs) present as necessary and should anticipate 1 to 2 days of planning.
- Update and revise the existing Managing Restrictive Housing Populations ILT and VILT curricula (facilitator and participant guides and presentation slides). All structure and content, including activities and videos, will be reviewed and considered for updates and revision. Depending on the outcomes of the planning meeting, significant content development and restructuring of the curricula may be required.
- Conduct 6 ILT trainings of the 36-hour Managing Restrictive Housing Populations training program. Three trainings will be provided to federal and/or state agency participants, and three trainings will be provided to local and/or tribal agencies.
- One ILT training dates and location have been determined and the other five locations and dates have yet to be determined.
- The scheduled training is planned for August 20–25, 2023 at the National Corrections Academy in Aurora, Colorado, and will be for an audience of state and/or federal participants.
- Conduct two VILT trainings of the Managing Restrictive Housing Populations training program. One training will be provided to federal and/or state agency participants, and one training will be provided to local and/or tribal agencies. The awardee should anticipate providing some amount of coaching to agency participants to ensure completion of each intersession assignment before the next instructional session begins.
- Provide for an experienced and proficient producer (not NIC staff) for VILT trainings, rehearsals, and technical equipment checks on the Webex Training or Meetings platform.
- Use NIC Webex for all VILT events, including rehearsals and technical/equipment checks for all attendees.
- Schedule, create, and send invites to all attendees for all Webex events.
- Develop, distribute, collect course evaluations and report on participant feedback from each training session. Individual training session reports may be informal (memo), but one formal, end-of-project report must be submitted.