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May 3, 2018

Evidence-Based Practices Workshop Deadline Tomorrow

CSAC is pleased to invite you to join us at our Understanding, Accessing, and Applying Evidence in California Counties workshop. It is becoming more common for grants and funding sources to ask government agencies to report on evidence-based practices. How do you ensure that there is evidence behind the practice or program you want to fund? Come and learn how to apply evidence in county decision making.

The workshop will focus on three main components:

  • Defining evidence and evidence-based.
  • Sharing tools to access and assess evidence.
  • Discussing practical strategies for using evidence in county decision making.

The deadline to register for this free workshop is Friday, May 4. If you have any questions, please contact Amalia Mejia, CSAC-Results First Project Manager at amejia@counties.org.

CDCR Releases Final Prop 57 Regulations

Final Proposition 57 regulations were approved for permanent adoption by the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) and filed with the Secretary of State’s Office on May 1. For a copy of the regulations and additional information on Proposition 57, please click this link.

In November 2016, California voters overwhelmingly passed Proposition 57 to enhance public safety, incentivize inmates to take responsibility for their own rehabilitation with credit-earning opportunities for sustained good behavior, and also move up parole consideration of nonviolent offenders who have served the full term of the sentence for their primary offense and who demonstrate that their release to the community would not pose an unreasonable risk of violence to the community.

Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence-Inventory, Tracking, and Reporting Program Grant Program

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), National Institute of Justice (NIJ) recently released the fiscal year 2018 solicitation Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence-Inventory, Tracking, and Reporting Program. The program will fund States and units of local government to implement an evidence management program to inventory, track, and report untested and unsubmitted sexual assault kits (SAKs). From the time an evidence SAK is collected to the time it leaves the laboratory and the case receives final disposition in court, the status and location of the SAK will be known. Applications are due Monday, May 21. For additional information, please click here.

Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program Grant Solicitation

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) recently released the FY18 Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) grant solicitation. This program furthers the Department’s priorities by providing support to

law enforcement and other criminal justice agencies to partner with mental health agencies and reduce crime and recidivism associated with people with mental illnesses. For additional information and a copy of the solicitation, please click here. Applications are due by Tuesday, May 29.

Cal OES Releases Preventing Violent Extremism Non Profit Pilot Grant Program Request for Proposals

Cal OES is soliciting applications to fund non-profit pilot projects that support the Preventing Violence Extremism (PVE) goal outlined in the California 2017-2020 Homeland Security Strategy. The PVE Non Profit Pilot Grant Program seeks to support five prevention or intervention projects that will develop innovative and sustainable products by the end of the 18- month performance period. The Request for Proposals (RFP) and supporting documents can be found here.

To assist with the RFP process, Cal OES will host a webinar to address questions regarding this RFP. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, May 30 at 10:00 am. To join this webinar, please click this link or call (1-408-740-7256; Meeting ID: 866 647 599).

Additionally, Cal OES recently launched a website equipped with a resources database and a Community Portal, which is an interactive social media platform that facilitates information sharing of best practices, knowledge, program models, and challenges among practitioners. This website also hosts a virtual training aimed at assisting interested community leaders in building program frameworks to enhance local resiliency against all forms of violence, at no cost to participants. Interested participants should register at caloes.ca.gov/pve using the registration code: PVERegistration.Questions regarding the resources made available through the Cal OES PVE Program should be directed to PVE@caloes.ca.gov.

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