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Cooperative Agreement - Veteran Informed Care Training on Responsivity (VICTOR) – Phase II

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Nov 2018

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year 2019 to pilot test the VICTOR curriculum in a regional training delivery.

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The goal of this cooperative agreement is to manage and organize the preparation and pilot testing of the VICTOR (Veteran Informed Care Training on Responsivity) curriculum for a regional training program for up to 30 participants from local jurisdictions.The curriculum is intended for staff that supervise and conduct case management/case planning activities for justice-involved veterans.

The successful applicant must be able to demonstrate expertise in providing training to criminal justice professionals and be able to work with a veterans subject matter expert to be determined in collaboration with NIC.


The program’s objectives for the participants receiving the training include the following:

• Understand how military culture can suppress behavioral symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
• Understand the difference between explicit vs. implicit military culture
• Understand the multitude of military organizations and agencies involved with the transition process for both active duty military, Guard, and Reserve components
• Explain the core mental health issues facing veterans with potential of  becoming justice-involved and list common characteristics associated with PTSD and TBI
• How to screen and assess the Justice Involved Veterans population
• Understand substance use and mental health in the Justice Involved Veterans population
• List the cultural elements of military experience that might cause maladaptive civilian behaviors
• Demonstrate a higher level of efficacy with problem-solving skills and self awareness to change
• Understand the key research findings around risk, need, and responsivity
• Demonstrate the traits that lead to professional alliance
• Demonstrate active listening skills
• Understand how to apply the core correctional skills to your work (e.g., effective reinforcement, effective disapproval, and effective use of authority)


In addition to the strategy and content of the program design, the successful applicant must complete the following deliverables during the project period. The program narrative should reflect how the applicant will accomplish these activities.

1. Participate in an initial virtual meeting with the NIC program manager to discuss the cooperative agreement, scope of work, and all related aspects of the cooperative agreement within 30 days of award.

2. Deliver one, 3.5 day instructor led VICTOR training program.

More details on the deliverables and other requirements can be found in the full solicitation. 

Deadline. All applications are due to be submitted and in receipt of a successful validation message in by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on January 7, 2019. Late applications will not be considered.

Questions and Answers:

Question: When the RFP refers to the training of “criminal justice professionals” is this strictly limited to corrections officers or police? Or is it more broad to include attorneys?

Answer: Yes, it is to include any individual working with justice-involved veterans in a local, state or federal jurisdiction, e.g., veterans treatment court teams typically include: judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, probation and parole officers , treatment providers, the Veteran's Administration (VJO's), treatment court coordinators, social workers, judicial assistants or court clerks, jail staff, correctional officers and law enforcement officers.


Learn more  about NIC's Cooperative Agreements

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