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Laura and John Arnold Foundation: Reimagining America’s Crisis Response Systems

Deadline: November 5, 2018

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) is committed to leveraging the power of data, research, and innovation to improve community safety by reducing crime, increasing police effectiveness, and working to ensure that laws are enforced in a fair and equitable way. Individuals experiencing mental illness, substance use disorders, or homelessness require evidence-based, preventive treatment to achieve improved outcomes. Too often, the needs of these vulnerable populations are not only unmet, but inadvertently worsened by emergency response systems. With police having to act as the primary responders to a crisis, individuals often end up in situations that lead to the use of force, arrest, and/or incarceration. These approaches fail to address individuals’ underlying health, societal, and financial struggles; are cost-inefficient; and cause significant harm to both the individual and the community. Governments need better data, tools, and systems to direct vulnerable people to appropriate and effective resources outside the criminal justice system. Providing more options to police when they have discretion over whether to use the power to arrest will benefit law enforcement as well as the individuals and communities they serve.

LJAF is working to identify and help implement evidence-based policies and programs that can reduce the use of force, arrest, and/or incarceration, and instead connect vulnerable populations to evidence-based treatment programs and services for improved outcomes. To support this goal, LJAF seeks proposals for evaluations of:

  • Emergency response programs for individuals in moments of crisis.
  • Post-crisis stabilization facilities.
  • Treatment programs and services funded by governments or other entities. Evaluations should focus on outcomes for individuals whose vulnerabilities include mental illness, substance use disorders, and/or homelessness.

Amount: LJAF does not have a maximum allowable budget for each grant award, but encourages applicants to conduct studies at low or modest cost whenever feasible. Applicants should propose a budget that adequately addresses the needs of the research project.

Eligibility: Proposals should be developed by researchers working in close partnership with practitioners, service providers, and government agencies. Applicants should specify the proposed recipient of the grant award, which must be a tax-exempt organization (e.g., a nonprofit organization, university, or governmental unit).

Link: http://www.arnoldfoundation.org/request-for-proposals/

*Note: The November 5, 2018 deadline is for Letters of Intent. Select applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal (full proposal deadline TBD).

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