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Misdemeanor Probation and Domestic Violence Intervention

Grants to Montana Agencies and Nonprofits to
Promote the Safety of Domestic Violence Victims

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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Montana Board of Crime Control (MBCC)

Deadline Date:

01/17/18 12:00 PM Noon Receipt

Description:

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Grants to Montana local government agencies, tribal governments, and nonprofit organizations to address domestic violence. This program is intended to promote offender accountability and victim safety through a range of compliance monitoring and case management methods.

These methods include but are not limited to: probation personnel, electronic or GPS monitoring, and case management systems that track recidivism and revocation. Recidivism and risk of serious injury or death to victims can be reduced when offenders are held accountable by the criminal justice system and are required to comply with court ordered sanctions such as payment of fines and restitution, batterer counseling/treatment, Orders of Protection, and drug and alcohol screening.

Communities should demonstrate a collaborative approach in program development between courts, law enforcement, prosecution, and victim assistance programs. Involvement by participating agencies should be documented and include specific contributions to be made.

Program-Specific Information:

The purpose of funding for Misdemeanor Probation is to provide monitoring and enforcement of sentence compliance for offenders who have been convicted of first or second offense Partner or Family Member Assault (PFMA) under MCA 45-5-206 or of a violation of an order of protection under MCA 45-5-626. Communities are strongly encouraged to develop a comprehensive plan for achieving goals including assessment of need, demonstration of collaboration through community coordinated response teams, methodologies to be employed, meaningful sanctions for non-compliant offenders, plans for sustainability of the program, and details regarding how the program will be evaluated.

The purpose of funding for the Domestic Violence Intervention Program is to assist courts in implementing an offender invention program that provides evidence-based counseling and other services to reduce the risk of future violent behavior of those convicted of partner or family member assault.

Misdemeanor Probation Authorized Purpose Areas:

Grants may be used for the following purposes (a program containing most of these elements would qualify as a comprehensive program):
-Supervision/Probation for offenders convicted of first or second offense misdemeanor partner or family member assault or of a violation of an order of protection;
-Tracking of sentence requirements and compliance with each;
-Electronic or GPS monitoring of some offenders after risk assessment;
-Victim safety measures such as lethality assessment;
-Tracking of outcomes (i.e. recidivism, revocations of probation etc.);
-Establishment of a supervision fee structure or other means of program sustainability; and
-Utilizing evidence-informed batterer intervention programs that are designed to reduce the risk of future violent behavior.

Domestic Violence Intervention Program Authorized Purpose Areas:

Grants may be used for the following purposes:
-Development of a court-based program that provides counseling and other intervention services to those convicted of partner or family member assault;
-Development of new offender intervention practices that are evidence-based;
-Tracking of outcomes.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182655

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$110,000

Term of Contract:

The project period begins July 1, 2018 and concludes June 30, 2019. Funds may not be expended or obligated prior to July 1, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include units of local government, tribal governments, and private nonprofit agencies. Private nonprofit agencies are highly encouraged to submit a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with a local government law enforcement agency.

NEW: As a result of SB 67, the Domestic Violence Intervention Program may also provide grants to “a court to implement an offender intervention program that meets the standards adopted in Section 1.” MCA 44-4-311. These standards must be evidence-informed practices that are designed to reduce the risk of future violent behavior.

Communities are discouraged from activities that may compromise victim safety such as:
-Mediation or counseling for couples as a systematic response to domestic violence;
-Requiring victims to report domestic violence crimes to law enforcement or forcing
victims to participate in criminal proceedings;
-Placement of batterers in anger management programs; and
-Procedures that would force victims of domestic violence to testify against their abusers or impose other sanctions on them. Rather, procedures that provide victims the opportunity to make an informed choice about whether to testify are encouraged.

Pre-Application Information:

New applicants must register online and are encouraged to register immediately upon intent of application.

Applicants for Federal awards are required to have a Dun & Bradstreet (DUNS) number and to maintain a current registration in the System for Award Management (SAM).

Applicants having questions or requiring clarification or interpretation of any section within this RFP may address these issues using the Question and Answer Form available on the MBCC website. Questions will be answered and posted on the MBCC website every Friday by 5:00 PM Questions received after the deadline cannot be considered. Program-specific questions cannot be addressed during this solicitation period.

Proposals must be received (not postmarked) by MBCC no later than 12:00 PM noon on January 17, 2018 to receive MBCC review and consideration.

To mitigate any potential application submission problems, MBCC strongly urges applicants to submit applications 72 hours prior to the application due date.

Crime Statistics:

Agencies may utilize crime data that is collected by the MBCC Statistical Analysis Center to include in their applications. MTIBRS Online Reporting (MOR) is an analytical/statistical tool that takes full advantage of Montana’s Incident-Based Reporting System. Users can select custom reports based on offense, offender/arrestee, victim, and property data elements. Users can also create their own custom reports based on many variables and export the reports in multiple formats (XML, or comma-delimited). Data from 2005 to the most complete current calendar year is available.

For assistance in accessing MOR or for technical assistance regarding crime statistics, agencies should request the information at least five working days before the RFP deadline.

Schedule of Events
-RFP Issue Date: December 6, 2017
-Deadline for receipt of written questions: January 10, 2018
-Responses to Questions posted to MBCC Website: Every Friday after the RFP is released until the last Friday before the RFP is closed.
-RFP Submission Deadline: January 17, 2018 at 12:00 PM noon
-Staff and Committee Review: January through April, 2018
-Victim Application Review Committee: May 2018 (tentative)
-Board of Crime Control Approval: June 14, 2018 (tentative)
-Project Start Date: July 1, 2018
-Project End Date: June 30, 2019

Contact Information:

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

Submit a question:
http://mbcc.mt.gov/Funding/Grant-Offerings/2018-Victims-RFPs

New applicants must register online at:
http://apps.mbcc.mt.gov/osas/Default.aspx

For applicants without Internet access who cannot submit an application electronically through MBCC’s Online Application System, contact:

Tina Chamberlain, Program Specialist
(406) 444-4763
tchamberlain@mt.gov

For assistance in accessing MOR or for technical assistance regarding crime statistics, agencies should request the information at mbcc@mt.gov at least five working days before the RFP deadline.

For more information about crime statistics, please contact:

Kathy Ruppert
406) 444-2084
kruppert@mt.gov

Candy Kirby
(406) 444-3651
candyk@mt.gov

Funding or Pin Number:

Request for Proposals (RFP) #18-04 (M)

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Montana