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May 01, 2012 •  Volume 18, Number 9 https://www.ncjrs.gov
Contents
Announcements
 Observe National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day (OJJDP)
 Victim Service Awards Recipients Announced Online (OVC)
Funding Opportunities
 Applicants Sought To Conduct Evaluability Assessment (NIJ)
 Apply for Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Program (OJJDP)
 Apply for SOTIPS Evaluation Grant (NIJ)
 Apply for SOTIPS Implementation Grant (SMART)
 Drug Court Technical Assistance Providers Needed (BJA)
 Fellowship Focuses on Services for Trafficking Victims (OVC)
 Funding Available for National Telemedicine Center (OVC)
 Funds Available To Examine Culturally Responsive Strategies (OVC)
 Grant Funds Services to Adults/Children Experiencing Polyvictimization (OVC)
 Probation Agencies Sought for Screening Project (OJJDP)
 Technical Assistance Providers Needed for Tribal Communities (BJA)
Publications
 Achieving Performance Excellence in Corrections (NIC)
 Bulletin Discusses Child and Youth Victimization (OJJDP)
 Crime Victims Fund Fact Sheet Released (OVC)
 March/April News @ a Glance Released (OJJDP)
 OJJDP Releases Journal of Juvenile Justice (OJJDP)
 OJP Program Plan for FY 2012 Released (OJP)
 Publication Discusses Performance Improvement in Corrections (NIC)
 Report Details Changes in Jail Populations (BJS)
Online Resources
 NCVS Victimization Analysis Tool Released (BJS)
 OJJDP To Host Webinar on Sustainability (OJJDP)
 Resource Provides Information About Victims' Rights (OVC)
 Watch Video on Indigent Defense (NIJ)
 Web Forum Discusses Victims on Cruise Ships (OVC)
 Webinar Discusses Leadership for Juvenile Justice Reform (OJJDP)
Conferences and Trainings
 NIC Offers E-Courses for Corrections Professionals (NIC)
 OVC Now Offers Training by Request (OVC)
 Participate in Corrections Certification Training (NIC)

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Announcements
 
Observe National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day

On May 9, 2012, join the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, OJJDP, and other agencies in observing National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day to raise awareness about the importance of children's mental health needs. This year's observance focuses on promoting recovery and resilience for children and youth in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. (OJJDP)

 
Victim Service Awards Recipients Announced Online

On April 20, 2012, OVC hosted the 2012 National Crime Victim Service Awards Ceremony, a prelude event to National Crime Victims' Rights Week. At the ceremony, Attorney General Eric Holder honored individuals and organizations for their service to crime victims. Biographies and photos of the honorees are available on the OVC Gallery. (OVC)

 
Funding Opportunities
 
Applicants Sought To Conduct Evaluability Assessment

Application deadline: June 8, 2012
NIJ seeks proposals to conduct Evaluability Assessments of the Circles of Support and Accountability (COSA) Model. Results from the assessments may become a precursor to further research and program development work, lay possible groundwork for other targeted research, and assist with the coordination of research and evaluation efforts sponsored by NIJ and partnering agencies. (NIJ)

 
Apply for Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Program

Application deadline: June 4, 2012
Funding is available for the Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws Field-Initiated Research and Evaluation Program. OJJDP will fund field-initiated research to study the factors that influence the prevention of underage drinking, the enforcement of underage drinking laws, and individuals' and communities' attitudes and behaviors about underage drinking. (OJJDP)

 
Apply for SOTIPS Evaluation Grant

Application deadline: May 31, 2012
Apply for the Evaluation of the Implementation of the Sex Offender Treatment Intervention and Progress Scale (SOTIPS) grant. Developed by the state of Vermont, SOTIPS combines static and dynamic risk measures into an assessment tool to predict sexual recidivism. It includes an implementation and process evaluation and an assessment of relevant outcome measures such as treatment efficacy and recidivism. (NIJ)

 
Apply for SOTIPS Implementation Grant

Application deadline: June 1, 2012
The SMART Office is requesting applications for the Promoting Evidence Integration in Sex Offender Management: Implementation of the Sex Offender Treatment Intervention and Progress Scale (SOTIPS) solicitation. Applications are requested from jurisdictions interested in implementing SOTIPS in an effort to replicate previous study findings and to evaluate the effectiveness of this model of risk assessment. (SMART)

 
Drug Court Technical Assistance Providers Needed

Application deadline: June 14, 2012
The Adult Drug Court Planning, Training, Technical Assistance, and Resource Center Initiatives grant provides funds to develop and implement drug courts that effectively integrate evidence-based substance abuse treatment, mandatory drug testing, sanctions and incentives, and transitional services in a judicially supervised court setting with jurisdiction over substance-abusing offenders. (BJA)

 
Fellowship Focuses on Services for Trafficking Victims

Application deadline: May 10, 2012
OVC's Victims of Human Trafficking Fellowship Program is seeking applicants to support the expansion and effectiveness of services for victims of sex trafficking and labor trafficking within the United States. This competitive program will award one individual up to $135,000 for a 12-month project period. (OVC)

 
Funding Available for National Telemedicine Center

Application deadline: May 8, 2012
Apply for the Sexual Assault Forensic Medical Examination Telemedicine Center: An Innovative Pilot Project to develop a national telemedicine center to administer sexual assault forensic medical exam services at four pilot sites. The sites will be selected through a separate solicitation issued by the recipient of this award in partnership with OVC. OVC will make one award of up to $3.5 million. (OVC)

 
Funds Available To Examine Culturally Responsive Strategies

Application deadline: May 8, 2012
Funding is available for the Identifying Culturally Responsive Victim-Centered Restorative Justice Strategies solicitation. OVC will award up to $250,000 to document the characteristics of existing programs, with an emphasis on practices implemented in tribal communities and urban inner-city communities and practices involving youth. (OVC)

 
Grant Funds Services to Adults/Children Experiencing Polyvictimization

Application deadline: May 15, 2012
OVC invites applications for the National Field-Generated Demonstration Projects solicitation to develop or enhance promising practices, models, and programs that build the capacity of the crime victims' field to provide comprehensive services and support to both adult and child crime victims who experience polyvictimization. Two discretionary grants of up to $750,000 each will be awarded. (OVC)

 
Probation Agencies Sought for Screening Project

Application deadline: May 9, 2012
The National Youth Screening and Assessment Project is inviting applications from juvenile justice jurisdictions to participate in the Risk and Mental Health Screening and Assessment of Youth Technical Assistance Demonstration Project. The project will evaluate and improve probation agencies' decisionmaking skills when processing youth in the juvenile justice system, thereby reducing costs, improving resource allocation, and reducing further delinquency. (OJJDP)

 
Technical Assistance Providers Needed for Tribal Communities

Application deadline: May 31, 2012
BJA is seeking applicants for the Tribal Justice System Capacity Building Training and Technical Assistance Program. The goal of this program is to strengthen the ability of tribal governments to plan, implement, and enhance tribal justice programs so they can prevent, control, and investigate crime; effectively administer justice; and meet the needs of the community. (BJA)

 
Publications
 
Achieving Performance Excellence in Corrections

"Culture and Change Management: Using APEX To Facilitate Organizational Change" (ACCN 025300) focuses on organizational culture and change management and offers practical suggestions for improving performance and creating positive change in correctional agencies. This book explains the APEX system’s approach to change management and includes strategies to implement large-scale change. (NIC)

 
Bulletin Discusses Child and Youth Victimization

"Child and Youth Victimization Known to Police, School, and Medical Authorities" (NCJ 235394, 8 pp.) presents the results from OJJDP's National Survey of Children's Exposure to Violence regarding authorities' knowledge of victimization incidents involving children and youth, specifically police, school, and medical authorities. (OJJDP)

 
Crime Victims Fund Fact Sheet Released

OVC has released the Crime Victims Fund Fact Sheet (FS 000382). The Crime Victims Fund was established by the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA); it is a major funding source for victim services throughout the nation. This fact sheet provides information about the fund and the various grant programs (formula and discretionary) funded by VOCA. (OVC)

 
March/April News @ a Glance Released

The latest issue of "OJJDP News @ a Glance" (NCJ 238120) includes articles about the second annual summit of the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention, public hearings in Miami and Detroit for the Attorney General’s Defending Childhood Task Force on children’s exposure to violence, and the findings of an OJJDP-supported study on serious juvenile offenders. (OJJDP)

 
OJJDP Releases Journal of Juvenile Justice

OJJDP has published the second issue of its online "Journal of Juvenile Justice." This issue features articles that address truancy intervention, polygraph testing for juveniles, homeless youth and arrest history, education in juvenile detention facilities, and juvenile reentry. Manuscripts for the third and fourth issues are currently being accepted. (OJJDP)

 
OJP Program Plan for FY 2012 Released

The Office of Justice Programs has released its Fiscal Year 2012 Program Plan (NCJ 238383), a searchable online document that describes funding opportunities and new initiatives. The plan features the latest information about grants, training and technical assistance, research, and other resources available to the justice community. (OJP)

 
Publication Discusses Performance Improvement in Corrections

"Understanding Corrections through the APEX Lens" (ACCN 025299) offers practical suggestions to correctional practitioners to help them improve performance and create positive change. This book explains best-practice methods and provides a bibliography of current literature on higher performance in corrections. (NIC)

 
Report Details Changes in Jail Populations

BJS has released "Jail Inmates at Midyear 2011 - Statistical Tables" (NCJ 237961, 14 pp.). This report presents the number of jails and jail inmates at midyear 2011 and describes the annual change in jail populations and patterns of change from 2000 through 2011. (BJS)

 
Online Resources
 
NCVS Victimization Analysis Tool Released

BJS has released "National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) Victimization Analysis Tool (NVAT)." This dynamic analysis tool allows users to examine 18 years of National Crime Victimization Survey data on both violent and property victimization by select victim, household, and incident characteristics. (BJS)

 
OJJDP To Host Webinar on Sustainability

On May 7, 2012, at 4:30 p.m. ET, and May 10, 2012, at 11:30 a.m. ET, OJJDP will present the Webinar, "Sustainability in Times of Scarce Resources." The presentation will introduce templates and resources that will help guide teams through the process of strategic planning for sustainability and will explore alternative funding strategies. (OJJDP)

 
Resource Provides Information About Victims' Rights

VictimLaw, a popular online legal resource on crime victims' rights, can be accessed through the OVC TTAC Web site. VictimLaw is a comprehensive, user-friendly database of victims' rights statutes, tribal laws, constitutional amendments, court rules, administrative code provisions, and case summaries of related court decisions. (OVC)

 
Watch Video on Indigent Defense

NIJ has released a new video on indigent defense featuring Maha Jweied, Senior Council, Access to Justice Initiative, and Nadine Frederique, a social science analyst at NIJ. The video discusses the Department of Justice's interest in indigent defense, especially as it pertains to a solicitation for research about various aspects of indigent defense. (NIJ)

 
Web Forum Discusses Victims on Cruise Ships

On May 9, 2012, at 2 p.m. ET, OVC will conduct a Web Forum Guest Host Session on addressing the needs of victims on cruise ships. Jamie Barnett, President of the International Cruise Victims Association, will lead the discussion. View her biography online. (OVC)

 
Webinar Discusses Leadership for Juvenile Justice Reform

On May 9, 2012, at 2 p.m. ET, OJJDP's National Center for Youth in Custody will present the Webinar, "Leadership Development: Keys to Leading Juvenile Justice Reform." Presentations will focus on collaborative leadership, leadership in culture change, and leadership in empowering youth and families in the rehabilitative process. (OJJDP)

 
Conferences and Trainings
 
NIC Offers E-Courses for Corrections Professionals

The National Institute of Corrections is offering more than 200 self-paced e-courses in various subject areas related to the corrections field. These courses are available at no charge to eligible corrections professionals. Visit NIC's Learning Center for more information and to view the catalog of courses. (NIC)

 
OVC Now Offers Training by Request

Gather a group of allied professionals serving crime victims in your area, arrange a meeting space, and select a training of your choice from a wide array of topics. The trainers and materials come directly to you at no cost. Learn more about Training by Request. (OVC)

 
Participate in Corrections Certification Training

NIC and the Center for Credentialing and Education have partnered to develop the Thinking for a Change Certified Facilitator corrections certification training. This credential is available only to correctional professionals and to those who implement the Thinking for a Change program with offender groups or other appropriate audiences. (NIC)

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