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This 3-hour NIC broadcast discusses strategies to recruit promising candidates for corrections jobs and how to retain experienced staff. Topics include: emphasizing corrections as a career rather than "just a job"; informing the public about the variety of careers available in corrections; how broad participation by agency staff helps foster successful recruitment and retention; how employers can support the connections between career, family, and community; and tools agencies are using for successful recruitment and retention.

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This program will help professionals identify the strengths and resources inherent in the family as a fundamental support system for individuals upon their release from prison or jail. It is designed to stimulate new ways of thinking about the family as a resource to enhance offender reentry and supervision and to increase public safety.

Family, broadly defined, includes individuals' blood relatives and friends who play a significant role in a person's life. Family members are essential resources who may ease the transition from confinement to the community or positively enhance the community supervision process. Unfortunately, the family is too often viewed as presenting challenges rather than as a source of shared history and untapped resources.

The goal of this broadcast is to encourage participants to think about: enhancing the reentry and supervision processes through contextual thinking about the family; tapping the strengths of families and communities as means of good government to enhance public safety; utilizing family and community resources after government intervention has ended; and addressing the challenge of negotiating multiple services that may be used by the family to enhance positive outcomes.

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Developed as a demonstration during the "DACUM Facilitator Training" session, April 15-16, 1997 in Longmont, CO., this profile contains in brief form the competencies expected of a training administrator.

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The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022. This cooperative agreement is for the solicitation of proposals to enter into a 12-month cooperative agreement to support the delivery of ten thirty-person Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Training for Corrections partnership training programs in collaboration with the Jails and Prisons Divisions at the National Institute of Corrections.

Goal

The goal of this cooperative agreement is to collaboratively provide coordination and administrative support to NIC Program Managers from the Jails and Prisons Divisions and to coordinate and facilitate the preparation and delivery of NIC’s CIT Training for Corrections training program to ten correctional agencies. Effective coordination and facilitation includes providing skilled instructors, actors, host agency logistics, and communications to support the ten deliveries.

Deadline

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 August 11, 2022.

Objectives

The objectives of this cooperative agreement are to coordinate and provide support in delivering jail- and prison-based crisis intervention teams training onsite to ten jail and prison sites selected by NIC Program Managers.

The awardee will:

  1. Assign a program coordinator to serve as the NIC liaison with ten recipient agency host sites as identified by the NIC Jails and Prisons Program Managers
  2. Attend pre-training site visits with host agency and NIC Program Managers
  3. Provide four NIC-approved instructors and four actors for each training program delivery
  4. Professionally duplicate and ship established CIT Training for Corrections participant manuals, other training materials, and pre- and post-tests to each of the ten host agency training sites
  5. Maintain effective working relationships with the ten host agency contact persons
  6. Collaborate with the ten agency points of contact to secure required space, props, and program-specific logistics to support effective training program delivery
  7. Collaborate with host agency points of contacts for the program attendance lists
  8. Attend the ten training programs with NIC Program Managers

Deliverables

The successful applicant must complete the following deliverables during the project period. The program narrative should reflect how the applicant will accomplish these activities. Cooperative agreement objectives and deliverables include the following:

  1. Attendance at the pre-training site visit with the NIC Program Managers at the host sites.
  2. Contracting and compensation of NIC-approved CIT instructors and actors for each CIT Training for Corrections training delivery.
  3. Professional printing, duplication, and shipping of NIC’s established CIT training materials, including participant manuals and pre- and post-test materials, using NIC printing and duplication guidelines to ten agencies receiving the training program. These materials must be delivered in advance of each scheduled training.
  4. Secure and submit a required final participant attendance list for each of the ten CIT training program deliveries.
  5. Coordinate the shipping of and/or make available prior to each scheduled training program with each of the ten recipient agencies, MP3 files and/or CD players provided by NIC for the “Hearing Voices” portion of the CIT training.
  6. Develop and provide, for NIC review and approval, role play scenarios as required for the skills practice portion of the CIT training.
  7. Secure required props for each CIT training program delivery.
  8. Participate in an initial virtual “kick-off” meeting with the NIC Program Managers from the Jail and Prisons Divisions to discuss the cooperative agreement, scope, and all aspects of the work within fifteen days of the award.
  9. Secure and review the instructor manuals, participant manuals, and the pre-/post-test to ensure understanding of the information and modules that are included in the training.
  10. Within thirty days of the initial meeting, provide the NIC Program Manager with ten tentative dates for CIT site visits and ten tentative weeks for CIT training (five for the Jails Division and five for the Prisons Division).
  11. Secure a list of NIC-approved instructors and actors from the NIC Program Manager, with their contact information, to be used during the CIT training for the award period.
  12. One month before each CIT class, provide the NIC Program Manager with the instructor and actor list for each class.
  13. At a minimum of two weeks prior to each scheduled NIC CIT Training for Corrections delivery, provide designated NIC Program Managers with a participant list.
  14. At a minimum of two weeks prior to each NIC training delivery, collaborate with the agency point of contact to secure the required props needed to support the scheduled training program delivery.
  15. Attend each site visit and CIT training.
  16. Coordinate and schedule, at a minimum quarterly, status update meetings via a virtual platform with the Program Managers from NIC’s Jails and Prisons Divisions to solidify dates for CIT site visits and CIT training.
  17. All costs associated with (a) professional instructor and actors fees, (b) preparation and site visits, duplication and shipping of training program materials, (c) training program delivery expenses, including travel and transportation costs for each of the ten CIT training deliveries are the responsibility of the awardee. Recipient agencies are responsible for costs associated with the training program site, equipment, props and agency participants. NIC is responsible for costs associated with the NIC program managers for site visits and training program deliveries.

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022. This project aims to revise the current 40-Hour blended Evidence-based Workforce Development curriculum into a virtual instruction-led format.

Goals

This project aims to develop a blended training curriculum to provide criminal justice practitioners and stakeholders with the knowledge/skills needed to effectively support the workforce development and reentry efforts of justice-involved adults

Deadline

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 18, 2022

Objectives

The tasks to be performed under this cooperative agreement will include review and revision of a blended Evidence-based Workforce Development training curriculum (to include a virtual instructor led format), facilitation of a pilot to evaluate the effectiveness of the training curriculum based on the Instructional Theory Into Practice (ITIP) model; develop/administer of pre/post assessment to evaluate the mastery of established competencies, knowledge and skills. The awardee will work collaboratively with the designated NIC project manager to select subject matter experts for the key informant focus group and instructors to co-facilitate the curriculum. In addition, the awardee will collaborate with the Project Manager to explore a procedure for providing professional certification and continuing education units for training participants.

Deliverables

The deliverables include;

  1. Planning meeting with the designated NIC Project Manager
  2. Quarterly project update meetings 3. Comprehensive review of the instructional material related to the existing Evidence-based Workforce Development Training program
  3. Comprehensive work plan to include a timeline for all goals/objectives/deliverables
  4. Draft course materials for review by the designated NIC project manager
  5. Participant training manual (to include a glossary of terms) in Word and PDF format)
  6. Instructor guide (to include facilitator script and teaching aids) in Word and PDF format
  7. PowerPoint slide deck

Applications must include in Program Narrative and Budget Narrative the incorporation of products delivered meet Plain Language and 508 Standards.


Following are the responses to questions received as of 06/09/2022 in response to the above solicitation:

Question 1: Am I correct in understanding that one applicant will be selected to provide these services for all of NIC? For example, if we applied, we wouldn’t be developing training our local criminal justice practitioners in Yavapai County, Arizona. Instead, we would be developing a training curriculum for NIC to use on a national level. Am I understanding that correctly?

Answer: Established as a national training program, this project focuses on the revision of the current 40-Hour blended Evidence-based Workforce Development Training supporting the training needs of criminal justice staff and stakeholders on a national level.

Question 2: Following that first question, when writing a “statement of the problem” in the program narrative, we are stating the problem that NIC faces in reintroducing justice-affected individuals into the workforce, NOT Yavapai County’s struggles with incarceration and reintroducing justice-affected individuals. Is that right?

Answer: As a national training project, the ‘statement of the problem” should reflect issues faced by justice-involved on a national level.

Question 3: Would our organization potentially be eligible for this grant?

Answer: Individuals/organization 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 are eligible to apply – noting the award will fund development/revision of the Evidence-based Workforce Development Training Curriculum.

Question 4: Would these funds provide training and support to help us better serve community members re-entering society?

Answer: The award supports the development of a curriculum to provide criminal justice staff and stakeholders with the skills to support the reentry and workforce development efforts of justice-involved adults.

Question 5: Is there a strict requirement for programs to have been run for 10 years?

Answer: As indicated, a proposal responsive to this solicitation should, at a minimum provide; evidence of ten years of experience managing national and/or regional training events, ten years of documented experience developing and facilitating virtual and instructor-led training sessions, and demonstrated experience capturing qualitative and quantitative data to access knowledge transfer, and evidence of the ability to facilitate a ‘key informant’ focus group to identify duty bands and job tasks.

 

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Facilitated Dialogue – Blended Training Curricula Development and Pilot Program. This program furthers NIC's mission by building the capacity and sustainability of federal, state, local, and tribal correctional agencies to provide victim services in the post-conviction setting.

Goals

This program aims to advance post-conviction victim services by enhancing the education of facilitated dialogue practitioners through the development of standardized, nationally recognized innovative training.

Deadline

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 August 15, 2022

Objectives

  1. Develop a blended (virtual/online, synchronous/asynchronous, and face-to-face instruction) facilitated dialogue training curriculum for facilitators.
  2. Pilot the new blended facilitated dialogue training curricula and strategy.
  3. Collect and analyze post-pilot delivery feedback from participants, instructors, and project team members.
  4. Apply final revisions and edits to the blended curriculum.

Deliverables

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.

Deliverables received as a result of this solicitation will be accepted based in part on Plain Writing Act requirements for plain language and Section 508 requirements for accessibility.

  1. Meet virtually with NIC Correctional Program Specialist (CPS) Project Lead for an initial kickoff meeting to review goals and objectives, discuss and develop a timeline of activities, role clarification, overview of the project, and the project concept plan within ten days of award.
  2. Participate in periodic virtual meetings with NIC project lead.
  3. Conduct virtual working group meetings with eight to ten subject matter experts approved by the NIC CPS project lead beginning within 90 days of award.
  4. The awardee will create a facilitated dialogue training program designed for blended delivery. The awardee may use existing facilitated dialogue training materials and publications as references. The curriculum must include facilitator and participant guides, presentation materials, and other training aids as necessary and approved by NIC. The awardee will design the program to be delivered using a combination of synchronous virtual instructor-led training (VILT) sessions via Webex (provided by NIC), inter-session asynchronous assignments [case studies, videos (scenarios, enactments, etc.), games, etc.], and not more than three days of in-person training. All materials and activities must adhere to the Instructional Theory Into Practice model.
  5. The awardee shall design all components using Microsoft Word, Publisher, and/or PowerPoint. Any templates created for the development of the course documents will be provided to NIC for future use. The NIC branding guide will be made available to the awardee for reference.
  6. The awardee is responsible for contracting and compensating technical resource providers (TRPs) to deliver training and related assistance under the cooperative agreement. If not performed solely by the awardee, TRP services will include:
    • Participation in virtual meetings with the cooperative agreement team as needed.
    • Facilitated Dialogue subject matter expert (SME) consultation on all program materials.
    • Delivering VILT and in-person sessions of this curriculum (must have facilitated dialogue experience).
    • Reviewing and providing feedback on intersession assignments to all participants.
  7. The awardee, in collaboration with NIC program manager, will schedule and complete VILT curriculum rehearsals. Rehearsals will be conducted on NIC's Webex Training platform. Awardee is responsible for acting as, or providing, the producer for all VILT rehearsals and instructional sessions throughout the pilot delivery of the new blended curriculum.
  8. The awardee will pilot all training materials with between 24 and 30 participants and provide NIC a summary report of the training event within a week of its conclusion. All participant travel expenses (airfare, hotel, per diem, etc.) will be paid by NIC.
  9. The awardee will design and implement an evaluation process to collect pilot user feedback to assess the program's effectiveness. Based on pilot, instructor/SME, and project team feedback, the awardee will implement final revisions to the program deliverables.
  10. The awardee will record all pilot sessions and edit the recordings to remove any sensitive information. The finalized recordings are part of the program deliverables and will be used as NIC deems appropriate.
  11. The awardee, in collaboration with the NIC program manager, will coordinate all training logistics, such as agency point of contact, dates, technical readiness checks with participants, etc.
  12. The awardee will meet all financial and reporting requirements for the cooperative agreements.
  13. Work with NIC IT staff to make training-related resources available on a NIC hosted project microsite.
  14. Create and present information about the training program via webinar.

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 to deliver training to frontline community supervision staff on facilitating behavior change for persons under community supervision.

Goals

The goal of this cooperative agreement is to prepare and deliver up to 7 Facilitating Behavior Change trainings.

Deadline

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 18, 2022.

Objectives

  1. Prepare and deliver seven 32-hour blended Facilitating Behavior Change trainings to agencies identified by NIC through an agency application process.
  2. Develop and administer a Participant Readiness Evaluation Tool that identifies individual participant readiness and mastery for the training program and details outstanding need for continued support and coaching.
  3. Provide up to 4 hours of post training coaching support for each individual as identified by the Participant Readiness Evaluation Tool.

Deliverables

In addition to developing the strategy and delivery of the training, 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 project manager to discuss the cooperative agreement within 30 days of the award. During the meeting, clarification of goals, objectives and deliverables will occur, including the setting of initial deadlines and role clarification.
  2. Develop an application process for agencies to apply for consideration to receive the blended Facilitating Behavior Change training. The awardee and NIC project manager will develop application content, including site criteria and individual readiness requirements to support effective delivery of the Facilitating Behavior Change blended training program.
  3. Prepare and deliver seven 32-hour blended Facilitating Behavior Change trainings to agencies identified by NIC through an agency application process.
    • The awardee will work with the NIC project manager to identify four agencies via the agency application process.
    • NIC will provide the awardee with up to three online training platform host accounts for the duration of the cooperative agreement award.
  4. Develop and administer a Participant Readiness Evaluation Tool in both digital and hard copy formats that identifies individual participant readiness and mastery for the training program and details outstanding need for continued support and coaching.
  5. Provide up to 4 hours of post-training support for individual participants as identified by the Participant Readiness Evaluation Tool.
  6. Facilitate a cooperative agreement closeout meeting to discuss training delivery strategies and outcomes, participant evaluation results, and recommended next steps for piloting the train-the-trainer curriculum.

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 to provide training and related assistance to Indian Country Jails in key areas of jail management.

Goals

The goal of this cooperative agreement is to advance public safety by providing training and related assistance to Indian Country jails in key areas of operations and management.

Deadline

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 8, 2022.

Objectives

  1. Deliver three (3) training programs for Indian Country jails.
  2. Provide related assistance in support of selected training programs.

Deliverables

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 ten (10) days of award.
  2. Facilitate a virtual planning meeting within forty-five (45) days of award to tentatively determine:
    1. The specific trainings to be offered 
    2. The location of each training 
    3. Tentative dates for each training
    4. Trainers for each training program and
    5. Potential related services. At a minimum, the Project Director must attend this meeting with the Program Manager.
      • Submit a summary report detailing the finalized work plan.
  3. Training and related assistance. 
    1. Coordinate and deliver training for Indian Country jails using one or more of the following programs:
      • Jail Administration—Indian Country (5-day program)
      • Team Building for Effective Jail Operations (3-day program)
      • BIA Detention Guidelines: Assessing, Achieving, and Sustaining Compliance (3-day program)
        • Requires an Indian Country jail facility to conduct the practical application portion of the training.
    2. Contract and compensate a minimum of two (2) technical resource providers (TRPs) to provide training and related assistance under the cooperative agreement. At a minimum, the TRPs will:
      • Prepare for the training programs: TRPs will review the agenda and program overview; review the lesson plans and training materials; and confer with the NIC Program Manager and/or Project Director about program content, format, and logistics.
      • Facilitate training in accordance with the course agenda and lesson plans in time frames and content as well as instructions from the NIC Program Manager and/or Project Director.
      • Provide related assistance in the form of coaching, follow-up, evaluation, and/or other means as determined by the Program Manager and Project Director.
      • Provide written documentation to the Project Director for the final report.
    3. Coordinate all training logistics such as communication with the agency point of contact, dates, location, and registration.
    4. Prepare, print, and ship all training materials such as manuals, posters, handouts, agendas, and certificates for each training program to the training location.
    5. Attend training (Project Director) events unless otherwise approved by NIC Program Manager.
    6. Conduct post-training evaluations.
    7. Coordinate a debrief session with the jurisdiction following each training program.
    8. Determine appropriate means of related assistance for each training program based on participant and / or jurisdictional need, and program content. Possible types of related assistance are listed below. At a minimum, evaluation with compiled feedback is an expected deliverable for each training program.
      • Coaching
      • Follow-up calls, meetings, etc.
      • Evaluation (required)
      • Other - (Additional innovative ideas are encouraged by the applicant).
    9. Complete a final training report upon completion of each training program.
  4. Contract and compensate technical resource providers (TRPs) to provide services under the cooperative agreement.
  5. Meet all fiscal and reporting requirements for the cooperative agreement to include a final project report.
  6. Facilitate all administrative tasks associated with this cooperative including, but not limited to:
    1. Managing TRP contracts.
    2. Managing and paying all fees and expenses associated with this cooperative agreement.
    3. General administrative duties.

 

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 for video production services specific to a number of on-going NIC projects.

Goals

The goals of this cooperative agreement are to:

  1. Capture, create and produce professional quality, high resolution videos for inclusion in elements of currently on-going projects
  2. Creation of a variety of short video clips
  3. Filmed interviews conducted during at least two national conferences, in NIC learning products, the NIC website, print materials and in NIC’s Learning Management System.

Deadline

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 August 15, 2022.

Objective

  1. Conduct an initial meeting (either virtual or in-person) with the NIC project manager and the correctional program specialists involved in each topic segment within 30 days of award to clarify goals and objectives, discuss and develop a timeline of activities, clarify roles, discuss the overview of the project, and develop the project concept plan that will be used to guide the project. This meeting could potentially be conducted in-person if the location of the awardee is convenient to the NIC office in Washington, DC.
  2. Provide a draft concept plan for accomplishing the work within 14 business days of the initial meeting (see above).
  3. Identify topic teams in collaboration with NIC staff and determine appropriate approaches through diversified scenarios for the project segments.
  4. Provide periodic reports as listed and engage in all planning and production activities.
  5. Provide deliverables listed below that are professional in appearance, high resolution, meet current federal 508 compliance requirements, and which meet the formal approval of NIC project manager.

Deliverables

In addition to the strategy and content of the video vignettes and illustrative graphics, the successful applicant must complete the following deliverables during the project period. The project narrative should reflect how the applicant will accomplish these activities. It should be assumed that scripted vignettes would require the contracting of paid actors. Items denoted as “interview style” would not require paid actors.

Proposed video productions include, but may not be limited to the following distinct projects:

Organizational Resource Development –

Developing resources for community supervision organizations to help them create environments to deliver change-oriented interventions, moving away from deterrence-based models. In order for organizations to align with this shift in practice, the organization’s leadership must be positioned to lead the change with the input and support of the members of the organization, they need to understand the theory of transformational leadership and the application of this theory. Include differences between transactional and transformational leadership

  • 5 to 10, five-minute videos demonstrating effective use of skills – scripted vignettes 

Community Supervision Leadership Lab

This 9-month long training will be Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT) and include a six-month coaching process to help participants develop a capstone project. The capstone project is designed to help participants identify, develop, and implement a new organizational change strategy within their agency and conclude with an in-person capstone project presentation that provides participants with a robust opportunity to grow their skills as leaders. Additionally, a web-based Community Supervision Learning Lab will be developed for participants to gain access to VILT trainings, learner-paced exercises, leadership coaching, upload and download learning resources, and professional networking.

  • 5 to 10, five-minute videos demonstrating effective use of skills – scripted vignettes 

Women’s Risk and Need Assessment (WRNA)

This project is to develop deliverables that will (1) inform interested agencies about the development of and requirements for the implementation of the Women’s Risk and Need Assessment (WRNA); (2) provide instruction to accepted project teams on the implementation and ongoing application of the WRNA; and (3) support and provide coaching to agencies and teams on the ongoing use of the WRNA.

  • 2 to 4, five to ten-minute videos demonstrating agent skills – scripted vignettes
  • 2 to 3, three to five-minute videos from subject matter experts (interview style) 

Justice Involved Veterans

Veterans Sequential Intercept Model.

  • Up to 6, three-minute videos for each intercept explaining the intercept point, the goal and the outcome – scripted vignettes with stills and voice overs 

Parole Boards – Various Projects

Videos for Motivational Interviewing (MI) techniques for New Parole Board Members trainings.

  • 2 to 4, three-minute videos – scripted vignettes

“How to tell if someone is telling the truth”

  • 1, up to 10-minute video – scripted vignette

Release decision-making session using the Structured Decision-Making Framework (SDMF) tool

  • 1, 5 to 10-minute video – scripted vignette

Parole Board Chairs Testimonial – SDMF tool

  • 3 to 5, 1 to 3-minute clips with subject matter experts (interview style) 

Professional head shots and/or candid pictures

  • 10-15 professional photos of classroom or workshop participants for use in place of stock photos 

Addressing Staff Sexual Misconduct in Community Supervision

Training modules for three levels of staff

  • 3 to 5, 1 to 3-minute testimonials from subject matter experts (interview style)
  • 1, up to 10-minute disclosure video – scripted vignette

The awardee will maintain, throughout the award period, regular, routine contact with the NIC project manager regarding project and deliverable progress. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Scheduling and conducting at least monthly telephone updates providing the NIC project manager with information about the status of deliverables, challenges, areas where assistance is required, etc. The awardee will also send a summary email to the NIC project manager detailing the key areas discussed during the telephone update.
  • Providing quarterly progress reports in adherence to written requirements and the prescribed schedule outlined in the award and design documents.
  • The awardee will provide appropriate documentation and reports of meeting outcomes (e.g., planning sessions) to the NIC project manager. A final closeout report for the cooperative agreement is also required.

Applications must include in Program Narrative and Budget Narrative the incorporation of products delivered meet Plain Language and 508 Standards.

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022. The Point Additive method of classifying justice-involved individuals was developed by NIC 30 years ago. However, the fabric of corrections has undergone significant changes since then, as have the types of individuals who become incarcerated. Therefore, NIC wants to explore the possible need to update the process and revise the literature that accompanies it.

Goals

  1. Ensure that the jails in the country have access to an updated and accurate classification process.
  2. Based on the outcomes of the meeting, if no significant process changes are identified, edit and update the NIC publication “Objective Jail Classification Systems: A Guide for Jail Administrators.”
  3. Examine the findings of the report on the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office’s classification process and develop a plan of action to assist the SBCSD in implementing the changes and preparing for process validation.

Deadline

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 5, 2022

Objectives

Through a meeting of SMEs, determine what, if any, changes are necessary to the Point Additive Classification process to ensure its continued validity in the field.

  • If significant process changes are identified, then a plan of action will be developed to address the changes and revalidate the process.
  • If no significant process changes are identified, the application instructions will be updated to address the current challenges the field is experiencing.

Deliverables

  1. A second edition of the “Objective Jail Classification Systems: A Guide for Jail Administrators” publication to reflect new concerns such as the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Prison Rape Elimination Act, and other correctional concerns that the field is now facing that were not present at the time of the first edition.
  2. A written plan of action for assistance to the SBCSD with the necessary changes to prepare their system for validation. Applications must include in Program Narrative and Budget Narrative the incorporation of products delivered meet Plain Language and 508 Standards.

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