CSAC Bulletin Article

BSCC Set to Release RFP to Address Gun Violence

February 22, 2024

Late last week, the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) Board approved the release of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Byrne State Crisis Intervention Program (Byrne SCIP). Eligible applicants are California counties and cities.

With Byrne SCIP funding, BSCC will implement a multifaceted strategy to reduce gun violence in California, assisting local jurisdictions in enhancing firearm relinquishment procedures and supporting collaborative court programs addressing behavioral health issues, particularly for individuals at a higher risk of gun violence. This plan will be executed through two rounds of subawards: 1) to units of local government through the BSCC Byrne SCIP RFP; and 2) to the Judicial Council of California to administer court-related aspects of the Byrne SCIP grant.

The BSCC Byrne SCIP RFP makes $10M available to California cities and counties via a competitive process. Applicants may request up to $500,000 for small-scope projects and up to $1,000,000 for large-scope projects that address a minimum of one of the following program purpose areas (PPA):

  • PPA 1: Communication, education, outreach, and public awareness.
  • PPA 2: Guiding individuals at risk to themselves and others away from behavioral health issues.
  • PPA 3: Allocating funds to law enforcement agencies for the secure storage, tracking, and return of relinquished firearms.

  The Byrne SCIP RFP and application instructions can be found on the Byrne SCIP page of the BSCC website. Proposals are due to the BSCC by April 5, 2024. For more information, please contact Ian Silva, BSCC Field Representative at Ian.Silva@bscc.ca.gov.

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