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Cal OES Grant Opportunities

The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), Victim Services and Public Safety Branch is soliciting proposals for the Innovative Response to Marginalized Victims (KI) Program for 2018-19. The purpose of the KI Program is to support innovative projects that serve marginalized victims of crime.

Priority will be given to proposals that focus on serving the following victim groups: low wage workers, transgender, and foster care youth. Approximately, $10M is available for the KI Program. Applicants may request up to $307,000.00. The grant sub-award performance period is January 1, 2019 thru December 31, 2019. Submission Deadline: Monday, August 27, 2018. The RFP can be found on the Cal OES website.

Additionally, the branch is soliciting proposals for the Sexual Assault Law Enforcement Specialized Units (ST) Program for 2018-19. The purpose of the ST Program is to support and enhance specialized units to provide a coordinated response to adolescent (age 11 and older) and adult victims of sexual assault, through compassionate investigative interviewing, immediate victim advocacy, training for patrol officers/first responders, and the development/updating of effective protocols and practices.

Approximately $409,000 is available for the ST Program through the Violence Against Women Formula Grant fund. Applicants may apply for up to $204,500 for a 12 month grant sub-award performance period, beginning October 1, 2018 through September 30, 2019. The proposal package must be received or postmarked by Friday, August 3, 2018. The RFP can be found on the Cal OES website.

Stepping Up Webinar: Shortening the Length of Stay in Jail for People with Mental Illnesses

Stepping Up is hosting a second webinar in the Four Key Measures series, Shortening the Length of Stay in Jail for People with Mental Illness, on Thursday, August 2, 2018 from 11:00 am to 12:15 pm. The webinar will provide strategies for shortening the length of stay in jail for people with mental illnesses and describe key data points to collect and analyze to track this measure of success. Part of the Stepping Up framework encourages counties to focus their efforts on impacting one or more of “Four Key Measures” for people with mental illnesses: jail bookings, jail length of stay, connections to treatment and recidivism. For additional information and to register for the webinar, please click here.

New Online Resource: Stepping Up County Self-Assessment

The Stepping Up County Self-Assessment is designed to assist counties interested in evaluating the status of their current efforts to reduce the prevalence of people who have mental illnesses in jails. The online tool guides counties to determine their implementation progress according to the framework detailed in Reducing the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in Jail: Six Questions County Leaders Need to Ask. Counties that use the tool will also have access to online resources to help advance their work in areas where they have not fully implemented identified best practices.  The new online resource tool can be found here.

National Conference on Mass Violence Response

Chief Matthew Carmichael of the University of Oregon Police Department, the California Victim Compensation Board and the Oregon Department of Justice are once again presenting a conference on mass violence response and effective partnerships between law enforcement and victim services to assist victims of crime. The conference will take place in the great Pacific Northwest from September 5-7, 2018 at the University of Oregon in Eugene.  This year’s national conference will follow up on last year’s sold out conference theme of Best Practices for Mass Violence Response. They plan to include detailed presentations regarding some of the more recent mass violence incidents including the Route 91 Harvest Festival concert shooting in Las Vegas, the First Baptist Church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, the shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas and the shooting at the Pathway Home, the Veteran’s Home in Yountville, California.  

For more information and to register, please click here.

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