Corrections and Law Enforcement Family Support
To research the effects of stress on law enforcement and correctional personnel and their families and disseminate the findings; identify and evaluate model programs that provide support services to law enforcement and correctional personnel and families; provide technical assistance and training programs to develop stress- reduction and family support programs to State and local law enforcement and correctional agencies; collect and disseminate information regarding family support, stress-reduction, and psychological services to State and local law enforcement and correctional organizations and other interested parties; determine issues to be researched by the Department of Justice and grant recipients.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 12/12/2007 (No longer funded or supported by OJP)
OFFICE OF JUSTICE PROGRAMS, NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF JUSTICE, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
The Law Enforcement Family Support Program is discovering innovative ways to prevent and treat the negative effects of stress experienced by law enforcement and correctional officers and their families. The program consists, among other development activities, of demonstration and research grants which are periodically awarded to State and local law enforcement and corrections agencies, or organizations (i.e., unions and associations) representing law enforcement and corrections personnel. In fiscal year 2000, fewer grants than expected were awarded due to decrease in innovative proposals from the field of law enforcement and the requirement for rigorous evaluation of all programs. Proposals that were funded focused primarily on programming for the managerial rather than line staff. Two grants were awarded for demonstration and training programs and will impact 571 supervisors and 420 officers and their families. Goals have shifted towards the development of a field test model for fiscal year 2001 to ensure accurate scientific testing of various program components. An external evaluation was selected to assist with the development and evaluation of the field test.
Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, Title XXI, Subtitle B, Section 210201, Public Law 103-322.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
State and local law enforcement or corrections agencies and organizations representing State or local law enforcement or correctional personnel including National, State, or local labor unions or associations representing commissioned State or local law enforcement correctional officers in contract negotiations or other employment matters in one or more law enforcement or corrections agencies may submit proposals. Other organizations such as universities, colleges, independent research enterprises, professional associations, hospitals, health care clinics, and counseling or other treatment service providers among others, while not eligible to submit proposals, may provide technical assistance in either a consulting or sub-contracting capacity to the applicant.
State and local law enforcement and corrections agencies and organizations representing State or local law enforcement or correctional personnel including National, State, or local labor unions or associations representing commissioned State or local law enforcement or corrections officers in contract negotiations or other employment matters in one or more law enforcement agencies may submit proposals. Other organizations such as universities, colleges, independent research enterprises, professional associations, hospitals, health care clinics, and counseling or other treatment service providers among others, while not eligible to submit proposals, may provide technical assistance in either a consulting or sub-contracting capacity to the applicant.
The applicant must submit a completed Application for Federal Assistance (Standard Form 424), including signed assurances that the applicant will comply with statutory and administrative requirements. The applicant is also required to submit a proposal describing the program for which funds are sought and explaining how the program will advance knowledge and/or the state of the art of practice in reducing stress for law enforcement officers and their families.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Applicants are encouraged to review the Issues and Practices Report titled, "Developing a Law Enforcement Stress Program for Officers and Their Families", published by the National Institute of Justice in 1997 and available through the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) at telephone number 1-800- 851-3420. Applicants also should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in their State to find out if the State has selected this program for review and for information on the process the State requires when applying for Federal assistance. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Applicants must submit a complete Standard Form 424 and other information outlined in the Application Kit titled, Corrections and Law Enforcement Family Support: Solicitation for Research, Evaluation, Development and Demonstration Projects available through the U.S. Department of Justice Response Center at (800) 421- 6770, Telephone: (202) 307-1480, Fax: (202)616-9249 or access the web site at www.ojp.usdoj.gov/nij.
Applications are awarded competitively on the basis of impact of the proposed demonstration or training program, and feasibility, originality, and economy of approach to the issue. A letter with copies of the grant award is sent to the applicant agency upon approval of the Office of Justice Programs. One copy of the grant award must be signed by the Authorized Grantee Official and returned to the Office of Justice Programs.
Consult the Application Kit.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Generally, applications will be approved or denied within 90 days following the deadline for receipt of a complete application.
This is a discretionary grant program and is not subject to appeal.
Awards are generally for singular demonstration or training programs, though renewals subject to available appropriations may be granted.
How are proposals selected?
Equitable distribution of assistance among the States, among urban and rural areas of the United States, and among urban and rural areas of a State.
How may assistance be used?
Corrections and Law Enforcement Family Support funds may be used by State or local law enforcement or corrections agencies and/or police or corrections unions to demonstrate innovative techniques for, to provide training on, or to conduct research on reducing stress in law enforcement or corrections organizations or experienced by law enforcement or correctional officers andor their families.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Semiannual financial and progress reports are required. In addition, a final report including a 2,500 word Executive Summary and a complete set of any machine-readable data generated in the course of the demonstration or training program is due to the National Institute of Justice within 30 days of completion of the grant period.
All organizations that expend financial assistance of $300,000 or more in any fiscal year must have a single audit for that year in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-133, as amended, unless the audit condition on the award says otherwise. These audits are due to the cognizant Federal agency not later than 9 months after the end of the grantee's fiscal year.
In accordance with the requirement set forth in 28 CFR, parts 66 and 70, grantees must maintain all financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to the award for at least 3 years following the close of the most recent audit.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Law enforcement and correctional agencies are required to match all Federal funds with an equal amount of cash or inkind goods or services from nonfederal sources.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Awards are made for 12 to 18 months.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, 810 Seventh Street, NW., Washington, DC 20531. Parties interested in this effort and needing additional information are encouraged to contact the U.S. Department of Justice Response Center at (800) 421-6770. Telephone: (202) 307-1480, Fax (202) 616-9249.
(Grants) FY 02 $1,279,000; FY 03 est $2,872,051; and FY 04 est $1,497,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The legislation specifies that a maximum of $100,000 may be awarded to a single law enforcement/correctional agency and that a maximum of $250,000 may be awarded to an organization representing law enforcement or corrections personnel.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
OJP Financial Guide. Program implementation manual is available from the National Criminal Justice Reference Service, P.O. Box 6000, Rockville, Maryland 20850, 1-800-851-3420.
Examples of Funded Projects
Discretionary programs pertaining to critical incidence stress debriefings, chaplaincy services, peer support and counseling.