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Training Model to Improve Trauma-Informed Crisis Responses for People with Mental Illness and Developmental Disabilities in a Carceral Setting

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The National Institute of Corrections (NIC), in partnership with the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 to develop a research-based training model to improve trauma-informed crisis responses for people with mental illness and developmental disabilities in a carceral setting.


NIC invites applications from nonprofit organizations (including faith-based, community, and tribal organizations), for-profit organizations (including tribal for-profit organizations), and institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education). Recipients, including for-profit organizations, must agree to waive any profit or fee for services. Foreign governments, international organizations, and non-governmental international organizations/institutions are not eligible to apply. Proof of 501(c) (3) status as determined by the Internal Revenue Service or an authorizing tribal resolution is required. NIC welcomes applications that involve two or more entities; however, one eligible entity must be the applicant and the others must be proposed as subrecipients. The applicant must be the entity with primary responsibility for administering the funding and managing the entire program. Only one (1) application will be accepted from a submitting organization. NIC may elect to make awards for applications submitted under this solicitation in future fiscal years, dependent on the merit of the applications and on the availability of appropriations. For additional eligibility information, see Section C. Eligibility Information.


Applicants must register with 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 by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on June 24, 2024. Late applications are neither reviewed nor considered. For additional information, see How To Apply in Section D Application and Submission Information.

Contact Information

For programmatic questions concerning this solicitation contact Dena Owens, Correctional Program Specialist, National Institute of Corrections, at Responses to programmatic questions will be posted on NIC’s website for public review. The website will be updated regularly, and postings will remain on the website until the closing date of this solicitation. For technical assistance with submitting an application, contact the Customer Support Hotline at 800-518-4726, or via e-mail to Hotline hours of operation are 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except federal holidays. Applicants who experience unforeseen technical issues beyond their control that prevent them from submitting their application by the deadline must e-mail the NIC at BOP-NIC/ within 24 hours after the application deadline and request approval to submit their application. Additional information on reporting technical issues is found under “Experiencing Unforeseen Technical Issues” in the How To Apply section. number assigned to this announcement: 24PR13 

Release date: April 22, 2024


National Institute of Corrections

Solicitation for a Cooperative Agreement Update

NIC Opportunity Number:24PR13

Award Title: Training Model to Improve Trauma-Informed Crisis Responses for People with Mental Illness and Developmental Disabilities in a Carceral Setting

June 10, 2024


Following are the responses to questions received as of June 10, 2024 in response to the above solicitation:

Question 1: On page 7 of the announcement, NIC outlines the “centerpiece of this training must be a 40-hour CIT Train the Trainer program”. For clarification, will there be pre-requisites to this program?

Answer: No.

Question 2: For the Award Title: Training Model to Improve Trauma-Informed Crisis Responses for People with Mental Illness and Developmental Disabilities in a Carceral Setting notice, on page 8 under the deliverables section it specifies “4. Address whether any of the program-specific priority areas have been met.” Would you please explain what is meant by program-specific priority areas?

Answer: Program-specific priority areas are the information mentioned in the "program-specific information" section of the solicitation. All program specific information should be included in your deliverables.

Question 3: Would you please share if there is a maximum page count for the entire submission, the program narrative section is noted for 30 pages but does this include all sections within the program narrative?

Answer: The program narrative is not to exceed 30 pages. Other attachments (Abstract, Timeline, Milestones, Resume’s etc. do not count towards the pages of the program narrative. There is no maximum page count for the entire submission.

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