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2017-18 Alternative to Incarceration (ATI) Programs and Services

Grants to New York Nonprofits and Agencies to Reduce
Recidivism and Provide Alternatives to Incarceration

GrantWatch ID#: 181808
Agency Type:

State

New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS)

06/29/17

08/04/17 12:00 PM EST (Noon) Receipt

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Grants to New York nonprofit organizations and local government agencies for programs that provide alternatives to incarceration and other services to those involved in the criminal justice system. The purpose of this program is to reduce recidivism and reliance on detention and incarceration through alternative interventions.

Through this RFP, the following types of programs will be supported:
-Pre-trial Alternatives to Jail Detention programs, including both release on recognizance (ROR) and release under supervision (RUS) models
-Defender-Based Advocacy programs

It is expected that the primary goal of pre-trial and defender-based advocacy programs will be to reduce detention/incarceration, and that many will have the additional goal of reducing recidivism.
Through this RFP, the following programs will be supported:

-Alternative to Incarceration (ATI) programs that provide referrals for treatment services and court case monitoring;
-All other ATI programs, including programs serving special populations, such as individuals with substance abuse and/or mental health needs who may require treatment referrals;
-Jail-based Cognitive Behavioral Intervention (CBI) services including discharge planning;
-Probation Violation Residential Centers (PVRC)

It is expected that the primary goal of the four program types named directly above will be to reduce recidivism and that many will have the additional goal of reducing detention/incarceration.

The mission of DCJS is to enhance public safety by providing resources and services that improve the quality and effectiveness of the criminal justice system. Proposals will be scored and selected for funding consistent with this mission and in the best interests of New York State.

Allowable Use of State Funds:

Funds awarded under this RFP may be used for a new program or for the expansion/ enhancement of an existing program by serving additional participants or an expanded catchment area.

Awarded funds may only be used for expenses or costs directly related to the operation of the program and delivery of the program services. These costs may include personnel, fringe benefits, consultant services, equipment, supplies, travel and subsistence, rental of facilities (for not-for-profit applicants only), and all other expenses as justified for the efficient and successful operation of the program. Specific one-time start-up implementation costs may also be requested as part of the overall budget, for new programs or expansions of existing programs that have not previously received DCJS grant support for start-up implementation costs. Indirect costs of up to 15% of the total direct costs may be reimbursed to not-for-profit applicants, but indirect costs are not an allowable expense for governmental agencies.

Eligible Program Models:

DCJS recognizes that programs can have multiple goals and outcomes for the program participant and the criminal justice system. DCJS is committed to funding programs that effectively target at least one of the following two goals: reducing recidivism and reducing reliance on detention/incarceration. Proposals that target both goals are strongly encouraged. To further support alignment with evidence-based practices and effective interventions, DCJS has developed general guidelines for DCJS funded programs which can be found in Appendix: General Operating Guidelines for DCJS Funded Community Corrections Programs. All programs with the goal of reducing recidivism are expected to be familiar with the principles of effective interventions and the risk, needs, and responsivity (RNR) framework. Proposals should clearly describe how the principles and the RNR framework have been incorporated into their interventions and how they will achieve reductions in recidivism.

A. Programs Whose Primary Goals Include Reduced Reliance on Detention/Incarceration

1. Alternatives to Jail Detention (ATD) – Pre-trial Services for Individuals Released on Recognizance (ROR): (Note: an applicant may propose serving individuals released on recognizance (ROR) and individuals released under supervision (RUS) with the same program and with one proposal. See RFP section III subdivision A-2 for RUS program requirements.)

ATD programs serving persons under consideration for ROR can help facilitate judicial release decisions by providing the courts with standardized information about individuals arrested at the earliest point in the process and in the timeliest manner possible. This includes the use of standardized assessment instruments to screen and identify arrested individuals who are appropriate for release on their own recognizance (ROR) without financial conditions. Pre-trial ATD services work to ensure that individuals are notified to return for all court appearances.

Applicants must demonstrate that there are a sufficient number of arraignments to result in an appropriate number of referrals to sustain a viable pretrial services program.

Target Population:
Any individual arrested and potentially subject to pretrial detention.

Required Services
-Screening
-Failure-to-Appear (FTA) assessment to determine the defendant’s risk of FTA
-Recommendations to the court for ROR for defendants judged to be at low FTA risk
-Notification of future court appearances for those released

Optional Services:
Applicants may propose a program model that additionally provides pretrial services in high volume town and village courts, if feasible and cost effective. Applicants may also include screening at jails for those individuals for whom screening did not take place at arraignment.

Eligibility:
Eligible applicants are not-for-profit organizations and units of local government.

Participant cost:
The expected per participant cost is $100 to $750 depending on the program model, duration, and included elements. Per participant cost reflects the total cost when a participant successfully completes all milestones of the proposed intervention.

2. Alternative to Jail Detention – Pre-trial Services for Individuals Released Under Supervision (RUS): (Note: an applicant may propose serving individuals released on recognizance (ROR) and individuals released under supervision (RUS) with the same program. See RFP section III subdivision A-1 for ROR program requirements. Applicants submitting proposals for both the ROR and RUS program models should base recommendations on specific criteria, and not unnecessarily recommend clients for RUS program models when ROR would suffice.)

ATD programs serving persons under consideration for RUS can help facilitate judicial release decisions by providing the courts with standardized information about individuals arrested at the earliest point in the process and in the timeliest manner possible. This includes the identification of individuals appropriate for community monitoring in lieu of pre-trial detention through monitored release and release under supervision (RUS) services. Pretrial services work to ensure that individuals are notified to return for all court appearances, and have been demonstrated to reduce unnecessary reliance on detention/incarceration and the associated costs.

Applicants must demonstrate that there are a sufficient number of arraignments to result in an appropriate number of referrals to sustain a viable pretrial services program.

Target Population:
Individuals arrested and subject to detention who will not currently be granted ROR.

Required Services
-Screening
-Failure to appear (FTA) assessment to determine the defendant’s risk of FTA
-Release recommendations to the court
-Notification of future court appearances for those released
-Case management/supervision according to court ordered conditions or monitoring based on risk of FTA
-Referrals of participants to service providers as directed by the court.

These services may be provided by the funded program or referral to a collaborating agency.

Optional Services:
Applicants may propose a program model that additionally provides pre-trial services in high volume town and village courts, if feasible and cost effective. This expansion is not the intended primary focus of this program model but is a permissible option. Where feasible and cost effective, the expansion may also be a stand-alone focus submitted as its own proposal. Pre-trial services can also include an initial or second interview of individuals initially denied RUS, or interviews in local jails of individuals who were not accessible for an interview in court.

RUS programs may also have recidivism reduction as a primary goal. Where this is the case, such programs are expected to provide additional services targeting criminogenic needs, such as cognitive behavioral interventions. Conducting needs assessments would then be an expected part of the program model.

Eligibility:
Eligible applicants are not-for-profit organizations and units of local government.

Participant cost:
The expected cost is $500 to $2,000 for each participant, depending on the program model, duration, and included elements. Per participant cost reflects the total cost when a participant successfully completes all milestones of the proposed intervention.

3. Alternative to Incarceration – Defender-Based Advocacy (DBA) programs: DBA programs prepare detailed Client Specific Plans for individuals with felony cases pending before the court that recommend specific community based services as an alternative to a prison sentence. DBA service programs may advocate to the court that individuals be referred to evidence-based services in the community, and may also provide case-management services.

Target Population
Individuals charged with a felony level crime who are facing state incarceration.

Required Services
-Screening
-DCJS approved risk/need assessment
-Development of a Client Specific Plan with appropriate referral to services
-Approval of the Client Specific Plan by the court
-Report participant progress to the court

Optional Services:
DBA programs may also have recidivism reduction as a primary goal. Where this is the case, such programs would be expected to provide additional services targeting criminogenic needs, such as:

-Cognitive Behavioral Interventions (CBI)
-Case management
-Employment readiness training, and/or
-Referral to employment, educational or vocational services.

Eligibility:
Eligible applicants are public defender offices and not-for-profit organizations that partner with public defender offices. Not-for-profit organizations must demonstrate the support of the public defender’s office they propose partnering with to be eligible to apply. This is addressed under section VII question #4. All partnerships and collaborations are subject to verification by DCJS.

Participant cost:
The expected cost is $2,500 to $6,000 for each participant, depending on the program model, duration, and included elements. Per participant cost reflects the total cost when a participant successfully completes all milestones of the proposed intervention.

B. Programs Whose Primary Goals Include Reduced Recidivism

1. Treatment Accountability for Safer Communities (TASC):

The TASC alternative to incarceration program model most often provides a program intervention in combination with dismissal or reduction of criminal charges. These programs must target individuals who would otherwise be sentenced to incarceration and/or those who are at higher risk of recidivism. Programs should be targeted to individuals arrested for Penal Law (PL) felonies and misdemeanors, and Vehicle and Traffic Law (VTL) felonies and misdemeanors. These community based alternative to incarceration programs typically target individuals with behavioral health needs (e.g., substance use disorders and/or mental illness). These programs monitor an individual’s participation in the referred services and provide regular reporting to the court. TASC model program proposals can be stand-alone or support a problem-solving court, such as a drug court.

Target Population:
Felony or misdemeanor arrestees with behavioral health needs (e.g., substance use disorders and/or mental illness) who have a moderate/high risk of recidivism or are at risk of pretrial detention/incarceration.

Required Services
-Screening
-Assessment using a DCJS approved risk/needs assessment
-Referral to treatment services
-Monitoring and reporting to the court

Optional Services:
Cognitive behavioral intervention (CBI) services are an allowable program component and applicants are strongly encouraged to include this service. Employment readiness training and referral to educational and vocational programming are also allowed. Substance abuse and mental health services may be included in the proposed programs, as may case management services.

Eligibility:
Eligible applicants are not-for-profit organizations and units of local government.

Participant costs:
The expected per program participant cost is $2,000 to $4,000 depending on the program model, duration, and included elements. Per participant cost reflects the total cost when a participant successfully completes all milestones of the proposed intervention. Greater consideration will be given to proposals that provide high quality services at a reasonable cost. Individuals at lower risk and with fewer needs should be served with lower cost interventions. Higher cost services must be directed to higher risk and higher need participants.

2. Other Alternatives to Incarceration - Programs Designed to Reduce Recidivism through the Use of Targeted Interventions and Evidence-Base Practices

These programs will screen, assess and provide services to criminal justice involved individuals, which can include specialized and underserved populations. The program goal must be the reduction of recidivism through the use of targeted interventions and evidence-based programming.

Target Population:
Individuals at moderate/high risk of recidivism or detention/incarceration who have criminogenic needs, such as behavioral health needs. Applicants may propose to serve specialized populations, which can include, but are not limited to, women, sex offenders, individuals with mental illness, and/or individuals with developmental disabilities.

Required Services:
-Screening
-Assessment using a DCJS approved risk/needs assessment
-Cognitive-behavioral intervention (CBI)

Optional Services:
-Case management
-Referral to treatment services (such as mental health and/or substance abuse)
-Reporting participant progress to the court
-Employment, educational or vocational services
-Referral to residential assistance services

Eligibility:
Eligible applicants are not-for-profit agencies and units of local government.

Participant Cost:
The expected cost per program participant for this type of programming will depend on the program design, duration, and intensity of included services. Per participant cost reflects the total cost when a participant successfully completes all milestones of the proposed interventions. Greater consideration will be given to proposals that provide high quality services at a reasonable cost. Individuals at lower risk and with fewer needs should be served with lower cost interventions. Higher cost services must be directed to higher risk and higher need participants.

3. Jail-Based Cognitive Behavioral Intervention (CBI) Services

Individuals detained in and/or sentenced to jail generally have a high risk of re- offending. Following the completion of their sentence, they are often released to the community without supervision or post-release services. Applicants proposing to provide services within the jail setting must do so through a partnership between the sheriff or jail administrator and a not-for-profit community based service provider. Programs may target individuals detained and/or sentenced for PL or VTL felonies or misdemeanors.

Target Population:
Individuals at a moderate/high risk of recidivism who are detained/sentenced to local jail, with preference given to those individuals aged 30 and younger. Individuals targeted for participation should be those expected to be detained for a long enough period to allow for the successful completion of a CBI program.

Required Services:
-Screening
-Assessment using a DCJS-approved risk/needs instrument
-Cognitive behavioral intervention (CBI)
-Discharge plan for each participant

Optional Services:
Case management services may be included in jail, in the community, or a combination of both. Employment readiness training or the referral to educational/vocational services in the jail and/or the community (after release) are allowable.

Eligibility:
Sheriffs or jail administrators are eligible to apply, but only in partnership with a not-for-profit organization for the provision of services. Not- for-profit organizations are also eligible to apply with documentation demonstrating the support and cooperation of the local jail administrator or sheriff. This support and cooperation will be subject to verification by DCJS. Program proposals shall provide letters of support that describe the specific roles and responsibilities of the not-for-profit agencies/entities. The letter must also describe the following: the sheriff’s or jail administrator’s commitment to the program; the accessibility of a dedicated meeting (classroom) space for the program; ability to provide uninterrupted class time (approximately 2 hours per session); access to jail facility for program staff. A sample letter has been included as an Appendix to this RFP.

Participant cost:
The expected per program participant cost is $3,500 to $6,000 for each participant, depending on the program model, duration, and included elements. Per participant cost reflects the total cost when a participant successfully completes all milestones of the proposed intervention.

4. Probation Violation Residential Center (PVRC)

The PVRC model is a community based residential program for felony probationers. Under the model, not-for-profit service providers assist local probation departments in stabilizing felony probationers who are engaging in non- compliant behaviors that have, or will likely result in, the filing of a violation of probation, revocation and potential commitment to state prison. The intervention provides services addressing criminogenic and treatment needs related to the non- compliance.

Target Population:
The target population is felony probationers 18 years of age and older who have a violation of probation or are at high risk of probation violation that could result in a state prison sentence.

Required Services
-Screening
-Assessment using a DCJS-approved risk/needs instrument
-Case management services
-Cognitive behavioral intervention
-Employment focused services
-Referral to treatment for substance abuse and/or mental health or other services where indicated
-Communication with referring probation departments

Optional Services:
Other stabilization services, such as housing, benefits coordination assistance, and/or family reintegration are allowable as optional services.

Eligibility:
Eligible applicants are not-for-profit organizations and units of local government.

Participant cost:
The expected per program participant cost is $5,000 to $12,000 depending on the program model, duration, and included elements. Per participant cost reflects the total cost when a participant successfully completes all milestones of the proposed intervention. This price per participant includes milestone achievements only, and expects that residential costs will be paid through resources other than DCJS. Funding under this ATI RFP must supplement, not supplant, non-grant funds that would otherwise be available for expenditure on the programs proposed.

$9,200,000

Grant award terms, unless otherwise modified by DCJS, will be January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018, with four optional one-year renewals.

Eligible applicants are not-for-profit organizations and units of local government.

Applicants are advised to review the eligibility criteria of the program for which they are applying.

A bidder's conference will be held on Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 3:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00).

A total of approximately $9.2 million will be made available to support the program models described in Section III of this RFP (attached below). More specifically:

-No more than $1.5 million will be made available for pre-trial release programs, including both the release on recognizance (ROR) and release under supervision programs (RUS) described in RFP subdivision A – 1 and 2 Section III;

-No more than $1.5 million will be made available for defender-based advocacy programs serving those charged with felonies, as described in RFP subdivision A - 3 of Section III;

-No less than $2.0 million and no more than $3.5 million will be made available for Treatment Accountability for Safer Communities (TASC) model alternative to incarceration (ATI) programs as described in RFP subdivision B - 1 of Section III;

-No more than $3.5 million will be made available for other ATI services, including those that serve specialized populations, as described in RFP subdivision B -2 of Section III;

-No less than $0.5 million and no more than $1.5 million will be made available for jail-based cognitive behavioral interventions, as described in RFP subdivision B - 3 of Section III; and

-No more than $1.0 million will be made available for the services provided through Probation Violation Residential Centers (PVRC) as described in subdivision B - 4 of Section III.

Applications must be received by the submission deadline on-line via the DCJS Grants Management System (GMS). Applicants who are not registered to access GMS will need to obtain user access in order to respond to this Solicitation.

Grants Gateway Pre-Qualification – In order to be considered for an award, not-for-profit (NFP) applicants must be pre-qualified through the NYS Grants Gateway prior to the RFP submission deadline. NFP applicants should begin this process as soon as possible.

Questions regarding this RFP may be submitted via email no later than Wednesday, July 5, 2017. Responses to questions will be posted on or about Friday, July 14, 2017.

Proposals must be submitted by Friday, August 4, 2017 at 12:00 PM (Noon) using the DCJS electronic Grants Management System (GMS).

Timeline:
-Release Date of RFP: Friday, June 23, 2017
-Submission Deadline: Friday, August 4, 2017 by 12 PM (Noon)
-Bidder’s Conference/Webinar: Thursday, June 29, 2017
-Deadline for Final Submission of Questions: Wednesday, July 5, 2017
-Response to Questions Posted: On or about Friday, July 14, 2017
-Notification of Award(s): On or about September 20, 2017
-Anticipated Contract Start Date: January 1, 2018

More information regarding this program may be found on the Grants Gateway:
https://grantsgateway.ny.gov/IntelliGrants_NYSGG/module/nysgg/goportal.aspx?NavItem1=3

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To access GMS, register with OPDF by using the registration form provided at: http://criminaljustice.state.ny.us/ofpa/gms.htm

Webinar Bidder’s Conference Information:

Event number: 641 394 012
Event password: 2017ATIRFP

Click here to join the online event:
https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/onstage/g.php?MTID=e4574fa966cc9d5ef4cc8d4d45b3a46a6

To receive a call back, provide your phone number when you join the event, or call the number below and enter the access code:

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Local: 1-518-549-0500
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Access code: 641 394 012

Questions regarding this RFP may be submitted to ATI.Re-entry@dcjs.ny.gov. Please reference "ATI RFP" in the subject line of your email.

Cynthia Blair
Cynthia.Blair@dcjs.ny.gov

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