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Cooperative agreement - Veterans Treatment Court Enhancement Initiative – Phase II

Cooperative Agreements Cover
Jan 2018

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. The goal of Phase II is to continue to implement the risk tools and case planning protocol in veterans treatment courts, along with developing training materials to make it more efficient for implementation, and to prepare to make the tools available to the field.


The National Institute of Corrections and the Bureau of Justice Assistance, collaborated to develop the first set of specialized screening, assessment, and case planning tools for veterans treatment courts. Phase I of this project occurred September 2014 through September 2017. With the help of a multidisciplinary committee of experts, these tools were created to assist in the safe and effective supervision of justice-involved veterans. In addition, the tools incorporate the latest research on trauma, substance use disorders, and other issues affecting veterans. This solicitation will cover NIC and BJA’s continued collaboration. Phase II of the project which is aimed to test these tools in pilot courts and work toward validating the risk assessment instrument through rigorous research. The intent is to provide veterans treatment courts staff resources they need to increase public safety through the effective implementation and use of these research based tools.

Program-Specific Information

The Scope of Work for this initiative is to provide implementation support for up to four (4) additional pilot test sites, including upfront and ongoing technical assistance both onsite and offsite ensuring fidelity and that the performance measurement process is sound and in place for future research on the project. The purpose of adding up to four (4) sites would be to increase the overall sample size for a future evaluation, provide us with a clearer risk/need profile, and a more informative process evaluation.
Additionally, the project includes the development of a learning design framework for a formalized risk assessment tool training program which will be used to implement the tools with fidelity in jurisdictions throughout the country. The curriculum design guide should outline the use of virtual delivery, traditional delivery, and mixed delivery modalities (see the Glossary of Project Terms for detail on these descriptors) of both written and video content to educate practitioners about risk-need-responsivity theory, introduce the three tools developed under this project, provide instructions for implementing and scoring the tools, and offer guidance about developing an evaluation protocol for jurisdictions to collect data and measure the success of the tools. Also, develop a written toolkit to help jurisdictions customize and implement the case planning protocol.

DEADLINE: Applications must be received before midnight (ET) on March 20, 2018.

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Questions and Answers

Question 1: Is it a requirement that there be two entities responding to the application? If so, could one of the entities be a consultant?

Answer: No it is not a requirement that two entities respond to the application.   The award will be made to only one entity, who may subcontract with any other entity or consultant.

Question 2: Does the entity need to have an established relationship or MOU with a pilot site?

Answer: No, it is not necessary.

Question 3: Will these sites be chosen through a solicitation process during the grant period?

Answer: The 4 pilot sites will be chosen during the grant period.

Question 4: On page 7, there is a list of deliverables. We are unclear about NIC’s expectations for #5. It talks about a “curriculum design guide which outlines the use of” different training modalities. Does this mean NIC wants an actual training curriculum for each of these delivery modalities? Or does NIC want a “guide” that someone could use at some later date to develop such curriculums? Or is it something else entirely?! We want to be responsive to the solicitation, but we’re just not sure what it’s asking for here.

For example, would NIC want:

  1. A set of materials which a court could use to train themselves  on the use of the tools and the case planning protocol, or
  2. A set of materials which a trainer would present to a court team to teach them how to implement the tools, or
  3. An document which outlines the proposed components for such curricula in the future

Answer: b. A set of materials which a trainer would present to a court team to teach them how to implement the tools

Question 5: In the glossary, the definition of “distance delivery” is “a course where the instructor-led sessions are 100% virtual.” Does “100% virtual” mean that there’s live instructor broadcasting over the web/video, or does it also include pre-recorded web/video sessions with no live instructor (that someone could consume at their own pace)?

Answer: Live instructor utilizing a virtual training platform (videos and pre-recorded material may also be used).