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U.S. Department of Justice: Second Chance Act Pay for Success Initiative: Outcomes-based Contracting To Lower Recidivism and Homelessness

Deadline: October 15, 2019

The Second Chance Act Pay for Success Initiative: Outcomes-based Contracting To Lower Recidivism and Homelessness (the Initiative) will assist local, state, and tribal governments in converting reentry and permanent supportive housing (PSH) service contracts into outcomes-based contracts in order to ensure accountability and improve performance with regard to recidivism reduction (categories 1 and 2) and increasing nights housed and emergency service savings (category 2).

The overall goal of the Initiative is to improve the capacity and effectiveness of governments to pay for outcomes rather than inputs and outputs. The goal of these outcomes-based contracts is to improve recidivism, housing, and functional outcomes (increases in number of nights housed in a permanent supportive housing unit and reduction in number of nights spent in emergency facilities) for service recipients while improving public safety and saving taxpayer dollars.

Categories are detailed below:

Category 1: Outcomes-based Contracting for Reentry Services. Objectives are:

  • Enter into an outcomes-based contract to provide individualized (as documented in a case management plan informed by a validated needs assessment) reentry services for people leaving incarceration who are identified through a validated risk tool as being at moderate to high risk to reoffend in the community
  • Manage the outcomes-based reentry service contract, including data and report collection, regular performance, and outcome reviews between the governments and service provider, on and off-site monitoring, outcomes validation, and incentive payment approvals
  • Ensure government staff and service providers have adequate training on the Initiative’s procurement, reentry service/intervention, data collection, and outcomes validation

Category 2: Outcomes-based Contracting for Permanent Supportive Housing. Objectives are:

  • Enter into an outcomes-based contract to provide permanent supportive housing services for a specific subset of the community’s population who exceed identified thresholds for hospital and homeless system service use and jail bookings
  • Manage the outcomes-based permanent supportive housing services contract, including data and report collection, regular metric, and outcome reviews between governments and service providers, on and off-site monitoring, outcomes validation, and incentive payment approvals
  • Ensure government staff and service providers have adequate training on the Initiative’s procurement, permanent supportive housing service/intervention, data collection, and outcomes validation

Priority consideration will be given to applicants that propose strategies to reduce violent recidivism among high-risk offenders, employ randomized control trial (RCT) methods to evaluate effectiveness, and propose to enhance public safety in qualified opportunity zones. See solicitation for further details.

Amount: Dependent on category, as follows:

  • Category 1: A total of $2,180,267 is available to make up to two awards of up to $2,000,000 each for a period of 54 months.
  • Category 2: A total of $4,426,602 is available to make up to two awards of up to $2,200,000 each for a period of 54 months.

Up to $200,000 of each award may be used to research, price, write, negotiate, and finalize the service contracts, and the rest must be used to fund the outcomes-based contracted services.

Eligibility: States, units of local government, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior).

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=319478

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