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Rights and Services Act (RASA)/Victims of Juvenile Offenders (VOJO) 2019-2020

Grants to Pennsylvania Juvenile Probation and Prosecutor Offices
for Procedural Services to Victims of Adult and Juvenile Offenders

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State

Funding Source:

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Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) - Office of Victims’ Services

Deadline Date:

09/28/18 11:59 PM EST Electronic receipt; mailed applications must be postmarked or received by deadline

Description:

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Grants to Pennsylvania community-based victim service providers, juvenile probation offices, and prosecutor offices for legal services to victims of juvenile and adult offenders. Funding is intended to ensure that victims receive all the procedural services necessary for their understanding and participation in the criminal and juvenile justice process.

The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) is now accepting applications for funding under the Rights and Services Act (RASA) and Victims of Juvenile Offenders (VOJO) Program. The primary purpose of these funds is to support the carrying out of responsibilities assigned to Prosecution and Juvenile Probation under the Crime Victims Act (Act 85 of 2002), the Juvenile Act and Pennsylvania’s Rules of Juvenile Court Procedure. The goal of RASA and VOJO funding is to ensure that victims of crimes committed by adult and juvenile offenders, whose cases are processed within the criminal and juvenile justice systems, receive all the rights and services to which they are entitled under law. RASA funding may be used to provide services to victims of adult and juvenile offenders, while VOJO funding may only be used to provide services specifically to victims of juvenile offenders.

The goal of RASA and VOJO projects is that victims of crimes whose cases are processed within the criminal and juvenile justice systems receive all the rights and services to which they are entitled under law. The objective of RASA projects is to support procedural services related to victims’ rights throughout criminal and juvenile justice proceedings. The objective of VOJO projects is to support procedural services related to victims’ rights throughout juvenile justice proceedings.

Eligible Program Activities:

- Accompaniment (Criminal Cases/Juvenile Cases) - The Victims’ Services Program shall provide accompaniment during court-related activities. Accompaniment is the in-person support provided to a victim.

- Pre-Disposition Notifications (Juvenile Cases) - The Victims’ Services Program shall ensure that victims receive, in formats accessible to them, all notifications and services available to them throughout all appropriate pre-disposition proceedings in the juvenile justice system. Examples of pre-disposition notifications include: information on available victim services; Allegation Filed; Informal Adjustment; Juvenile Petition Filed; Consent Decree and if Adjudication Hearing Date is Set.

- Post-Disposition Notifications (Juvenile Cases) - The Victims’ Services Program shall ensure that victims receive, in formats accessible to them, all notifications and services available to them throughout all appropriate post-disposition proceedings in the juvenile justice system. Examples of post-disposition notifications include: Dispositional Hearing; Dispositional Outcome; Transfer to Another County; Transfer to Adult System; Commitment Review, Dispositional Review, Probation Revocation Hearing; Dispositional Review Hearing; Detention Hearing; Home Passes; Release from Placement; Termination of Probation; Escape from Detention Facility and Re-Apprehension.

- Pre-Sentencing Notifications (Criminal Cases) - The Victims’ Services Program shall ensure that victims receive, in formats accessible to them, all notifications and services available to them throughout all appropriate pre-sentencing proceedings in the criminal justice system. Examples of pre-sentencing notifications include: information on available victim services, court hearings and trial. Post-Sentencing Notifications (Criminal Cases) -The Victims’ Services Program shall ensure that victims receive, in formats accessible to them, all notifications and services available to them throughout all appropriate post-sentencing proceedings in the criminal justice system. Examples of post-sentencing notifications include: County Release; State Correctional Release including Information on PA SAVIN and the Office of the Victim Advocate (OVA); and Victims as Witnesses to Execution.

- Prior Comment (Criminal Cases/Juvenile Cases) – The Victims’ Services Program shall assist victims on how to provide prior comment on all adult and/or juvenile criminal matters concerning, but not limited to, the potential reduction or dropping of a charge, plea agreements, or case diversions including referrals to restorative practices, specialty courts, Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD), informal adjustment, or consent decree.

- Property Return (Criminal Cases/Juvenile Cases) - The Victims’ Services Program shall inform, advocate and coordinate the expeditious return of property, used as evidence, to the victim.

- Restitution (Criminal Cases/Juvenile Cases) - The Victims' Service Program shall inform and advocate, on behalf of victims, regarding their right to restitution under Pennsylvania law and advocate on behalf of the victim(s) for the necessity and collection of restitution.

- Victims Compensation Assistance (Criminal Cases/Juvenile Cases) - The Victims' Service Program shall provide information to the victim about Victims Compensation Assistance and assist, directly or indirectly, in the preparation, filing and follow-up of any claim for Victims Compensation Assistance.

- Victim Impact Statement (Criminal Cases/Juvenile Cases) – Prior to sentencing, the Victims’ Services Program shall provide assistance to victims regarding their right to offer a written and/or oral victim impact statement.

- Victims' Rights Notification (Criminal Cases/Juvenile Cases) - The Victims' Services Program shall provide victims with timely information of their rights under the Crime Victims Act, and other relevant victims' rights laws (including rights automatically granted under the law and those related to victim requests for services).

The delivery of eligible program services should be guided by the Consolidated Victim Service Program Standards found below.

For additional information that can aid in service provision, please refer to Appendix C Criminal Justice System (Adult Cases) Victim Notification List, Appendix D Juvenile Justice System Victim Notification of Action or Proceeding, and Appendix E Standards for RASA and VOJO Service Provision attached below.

Eligible Program Expenses:
- Personnel Costs: Supports staff salaries directly related to providing RASA/VOJO procedural services.
- Benefit Costs: Supports benefits for RASA/VOJO funded staff such as medical, dental, life insurance, etc.
- Skills Training: Designated for training which is exclusively for developing the skills of RASA/VOJO funded staff.
- Training Related Travel: Supports costs such as travel, meals, and lodging for RASA/VOJO staff to attend victim service trainings. Requested out-of-state trainings/conferences must include justification as to why the training/conference is not available in Pennsylvania.

Note: Training registration costs should be included under the Supplies/Operating line item in the budget, not under Training/Travel.

- Supplies/Operating Expenses: Funds supplies, equipment use fees, printing, photocopying, postage, and supplies for victim/witness waiting rooms (i.e. water, coffee, coffee pot, snacks, children’s toys and activities, furniture, etc.).

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184283

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$25,312,714

Term of Contract:

Contingent upon availability of funds, applications approved at the December 12, 2018 Commission meeting will be 24-month projects and have a start date of January 1, 2019 and an end date of December 31, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include prosecutors' offices, juvenile probation offices, and community-based victim service programs or any combination of the three.

Please Note: Since VOCA funds will be used to support RASA and VOJO projects, the recipient agencies or subcontractors who are responsible for provision of services must be public (governmental) or non-profit organizations, or a combination of both, that provide services to crime victims.

Applicants must complete the RASA/VOJO/VOCA Eligibility Verification Section as part of their Egrants application. Applicants must be in good standing with PCCD to be eligible for these funds (i.e., no programmatic, fiscal or other monitoring issues that are interfering with the release of grant payments).

Funding must not be used to supplant/replace state, federal or local funds that would otherwise be available to provide for program-related services. PCCD funding is to be used in addition to other funds that are made available for services.

Ineligible Program Activities:
- Prosecution activities: These include activities that are directed towards prosecuting an offender and/or improving the juvenile justice system’s effectiveness and efficiency, such as witness locating services, victim/witness protection costs, witness relocation expenses and preparing, drafting, generating, mailing or serving subpoenas.
- Collection of restitution payments.
- Counseling or therapy services.
- Investigative services.
- Reimbursement of victims’ expenses or losses otherwise covered by the Victims Compensation Assistance Program (VCAP).

Ineligible Program Expenses:
- Relocation expenses for crime victims.
- Promotional items for outreach purposes, i.e. refrigerator magnets, stress balls, key chains, etc. Please note that pamphlets and brochures are eligible.

Meal expenses for victims, witnesses, etc. are not eligible.

Pre-Application Information:

All applications must be submitted, electronically through PCCD’s Egrants system no later than Friday, September 28, 2018 by 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time. Please note: The Egrants Help Desk is available to assist with questions until 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Timeline:
- Recommended Egrants Agency Registration Date: September 14, 2018
- Recommended Egrants User Registration Date: September 21, 2018
- Mandatory SAM Registration Deadline: September 28, 2018
- Mandatory Egrants Application Deadline: September 28, 2018
- Signature Page: September 28, 2018

Applications entered in Egrants by the deadline are not considered complete unless the required original Signature Page and any other required signed documents are also received at PCCD. The original Signature Page must be received or postmarked by Friday, September 28, 2018 and either mailed or sent via express delivery services.

Please note: PCCD considers the United States Postal Service date stamp as the official postmark. Applicant postage meters, or stamps administered by the applicant will not be considered the official postmark.

Please feel free to contact PCCD if there are any questions concerning this announcement. Program-related questions should be directed to Maria Katulis or Shaun White. Fiscal or budgetary questions should be directed to Lynn Fidler.

Sam Requirements:
https://www.pccd.pa.gov/Funding/Pages/The-PCCD-Funding-and-Grants-Process-Federal-Applicants.aspx

Grant Information:
https://www.pccd.pa.gov/Funding/Pages/The-PCCD-Funding-and-Grants-Process-Available-Grants-and-Contact.aspx

EGratns Registration Information:
https://www.pccd.pa.gov/Funding/Pages/How-to-Get-and-Manage-Funds.aspx

Egrants Homepage:
https://www.pccd.pa.gov/Funding/Pages/Egrants-Home.aspx

Contact Information:

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

Online application:
https://www.pccdegrants.pa.gov/Egrants/Login.aspx

Original applications should be mailed:

Via US Mail:
PA Commission on Crime and Delinquency
Attention: Grants Management
P.O. Box 1167
Harrisburg, PA 17108-1167

Via Express Delivery Services:
3101 North Front Street
Harrisburg, PA 17110

Maria Katulis
(717) 265-8741
mkatulis@pa.gov

Shaun White
(717) 265- 8718
shauwhite@pa.gov

Lynn Fidler
(717) 265-8490
lyfidler@pa.gov

Egrants Help Desk:
RA-eGrantsSupport@pa.gov
(717) 787-5887
(800) 692-7292 - select option 9 and then option 6 when prompted

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