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Center for Trauma Innovation (CTI) Planning

Grant to a New York City Nonprofit, For-Profit,
or Agency to Plan a Trauma Treatment Center

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New York County District Attorney’s Office (DANY) - Criminal Justice Investment Initiative (CJII)

Deadline Date:

03/09/18 11:59 PM EST


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Grant to a New York City nonprofit, for-profit, or government agency for the development of a center that provides trauma treatment and services. The center will provide low-cost, comprehensive trauma services, with an emphasis on individuals and communities who are currently underserved.

This Request for Proposals (RFP) seeks proposals from qualified applicants to develop a plan for a Center for Trauma Innovation (CTI) based in New York City. The plan may form the basis for a potential, larger investment in the CTI itself.

The goal for the CTI is to address gaps and challenges in the existing system of services for people exposed to trauma. The CTI will offer comprehensive, culturally-competent, free or low-cost services to individuals experiencing trauma, with a focus on reaching people and communities in New York City that are most impacted by violence, people who do not traditionally seek out victim services, and organizations seeking to incorporate and/or enhance trauma-specific interventions in their work.

Currently, existing trauma-specific services may often focus specifically on populations exposed to primary trauma (i.e., interpersonal, acute, or physical traumas). This leaves a gap in services and treatment for populations with exposure to secondary trauma (i.e., systemic trauma, or physical, psychological, or emotional harm caused by environments and institutions; or, exposure to individuals with primary exposure to trauma, such as through family members), which means that some of the people and communities in NYC that are most affected by trauma as a result of poverty and/or regular exposure to violence may not have access to the services they need. In addition, many people with primary exposure to trauma, especially men of color and justice-involved individuals and families, do not access services due to biases, lack of effective treatment from providers, etc. The CTI will test interventions to fill these gaps and provide training and technical assistance (TTA) on strategies for incorporating and/or enhancing trauma-specific interventions to organizations serving people and communities who experience these gaps.

The long-term vision for the CTI will serve three functions:

-Expand and strengthen the response to populations exposed to primary and secondary trauma through designing and testing community-based demonstration projects and innovative clinical interventions, which develop, implement, and evaluate trauma- informed and trauma-specific interventions and engagement strategies

-Enhance the capacity of existing trauma services in New York City and community-based responses to populations targeted by CTI through the provision of training and technical assistance (TTA) to city agencies and community-based organizations

-Create a trauma innovation learning community. It is anticipated that the center will bring together a consortium of providers and other experts across sectors who will share best practices for intervention and engagement strategies, inform, lead, participate and/or benefit from CTI’s demonstration projects, and make use of and/or deliver TTA

Thus, this RFP will identify an entity to produce a plan in service of a potential, later investment in a CTI, as envisioned above.

The planning of the CTI will require a comprehensive process that includes best practice research, data analysis, interviews, and strategic planning, to be conducted in close coordination with DANY, ISLG, city agencies, community partners, and selected experts. The funded applicant will work with stakeholders and experts (including social service practitioners, clinicians, community leaders, academics, researchers, and government agencies) to develop an operational plan for CTI that identifies:

-The role of the Center, its governance and management structure,
-The most appropriate focus population(s),
-A TTA strategy for city agencies and community-based organizations,
-Physical structure and location(s),
-Comprehensive program design and referral process for the Center, and
-Implementation and capital funding needs, with an eye towards maximizing partnerships, identifying potential vendors, and ensuring sustainability.

The City University of New York Institute for State and Local Governance (ISLG) manages the grantees funded under CJII, and provides oversight and performance measurement throughout the lifetime of the initiative. The Research Foundation of CUNY (Research Foundation) will distribute funds to the entity awarded funding under this initiative.

This investment is situated within DANY’s broader investment strategy for enhancing effectiveness across systems. The Center for Trauma Innovation (CTI) will ultimately help achieve CJII’s goals of improving public safety and promoting a fair and efficient criminal justice system by reaching underserved populations that have been exposed to violence and are unlikely to be reached by existing trauma-specific services, whether due to financial, cultural, or structural service impediments.

The plan produced at the culmination of the contract period will provide DANY with the necessary information to decide whether and how to solicit, fund, and support the implementation of the CTI. (As noted earlier, implementation and capital funding for the CTI may be awarded at a future date.)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182860

Number of Grants:

DANY anticipates funding one award.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $150,000

Term of Contract:

The anticipated contract start date is July 2018.

DANY anticipates funding a 6-month award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

For-profits, nonprofits, and government agencies are eligible to apply.

A nonprofit without 501(c)3 status may apply but is required to have a fiscal sponsor in place upon proposal submission; the fiscal sponsor should serve as the applicant.

Note that asset forfeiture funds (i.e., the source of CJII funding) cannot be used to fund government staff salaries.

Applicants should have the staff, relationships, and resources necessary to implement their proposed planning process within the timeline set forth in this RFP, or should demonstrate the ability to acquire and develop them in a timely manner upon notification of an award, where applicable.

Experience coordinating comprehensive planning processes inclusive of program design, and substantive knowledge of the focus population(s) of this RFP, existing relevant service landscape, and pertinent organizational and community partners is strongly preferred, but not required.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline and Submission Instructions:

1. Release Date of RFP: Thursday, December 21, 2017

2. Questions: Questions about this RFP may be submitted in writing through the application portal. Questions and requests for clarification must be submitted by Friday, January 19, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST.

3. Answers to all questions will be available as an addendum to this RFP by 11:59 PM EST on Friday, February 2, 2018. It will be the responsibility of applicants to check the CJII website to remain up-to-date regarding all addenda issued for the current RFP. Any addenda will be posted under

4. Proposal Due Date: Proposal submissions are due by Friday, March 9, 2018, at 11:59 PM EST.

5. Failure to submit a proposal by the due date and time may result in the proposal being considered non-responsive to this RFP and not considered for award. Unless an addendum to this RFP is issued extending the due date and time, all proposals must be submitted prior to the time and date set forth above.

6. Anticipated Contract Start Date: July 2018

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USA: New York City;   New York