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U.S. Department of Justice: Vision 21 Integrated Services for Victims Program – Increasing Access to Mental Health Services for Victims of Crime

Deadline: August 10, 2017

The primary aim of the Vision 21 Integrated Services for Victims Program: Increasing Access to Mental Health Services for Victims of Crime (Vision 21 ISV Program) is to bridge the divide between crime victims, victim services providers, and mental health services providers so that communities are able to create a seamless network of services to assist crime victims to recover, heal, and thrive. The Vision 21 ISV Program includes three goals that will: (1) help victim services providers to properly identify crime victims who may be exhibiting signs of suicidality, refer them to appropriate mental health services, and support their access to such services; (2) increase the capacity of both victim services providers and mental health service providers to provide mental health services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault who also have a severe mental illness; and (3) increase access to mental health services for traditionally underserved victims of crime. The Vision 21 ISV Program purpose areas are described in greater detail below.

Purpose Area 1: Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training for Crime Victim Advocates: A “gatekeeper” is an individual who routinely has personal contact with community members and who, with proper training and education, has the ability to identify community members at risk for suicide and refer them to appropriate services. The Vision 21 ISV Program will increase the capacity of crime victim advocates to identify, refer, and support crime victims’ access to emergency/crisis mental health services to help prevent suicide among this vulnerable population by making one award to an organization to: (a) develop a specialized gatekeeper training curriculum for crime victim advocates; (b) conduct a series of regional training events to train crime advocates on how to use the curriculum; and (c) provide ongoing post-training technical assistance and support to advocates.

Purpose Area 2: Increasing Access to Victim Services for Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Who Have a Serious Mental Illness (SMI):

  • Purpose Area 2A: Funding for Direct Services: Under this purpose area, up to three cooperative agreements will be awarded to: (a) aid domestic violence and sexual assault services providers with properly identifying victims who have an SMI, referring them to mental health services treatment, and adapt their operational policies and procedures to ensure that victims with SMI have full and equal access to the services offered by their programs; and (b) assist mental health services providers with revising their intake/assessment procedures to include screening for domestic violence or sexual assault victimization, and referring clients to specialized domestic violence or sexual assault resources. Applicants must demonstrate that the proposed project has been developed through a collaborative partnership between a state, local, tribal, or nonprofit domestic violence or sexual assault services provider program, and a state, local, tribal, or nonprofit mental health services provider program. Note: An individual who has an SMI includes anyone: (i) age 18 or older, (ii) who is currently experiencing/or has experienced in the past 12 months, (iii) a diagnosable mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder that has lasted long enough to meet the diagnostic criteria in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, and (iv) the disorder substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities.
  • Purpose Area 2B: Training and Technical Assistance (TTA): A cooperative agreement will be awarded to a qualified organization to provide TTA to up to three grantees who would receive funding under Purpose Area 2A.

Purpose Area 3: Increasing Access to Mental Health Services to Traditionally Underserved Victims of Crime:

  • Purpose Area 3A: Funding for Direct Services: This purpose area strives to increase access to mental health services for crime victims from traditionally underserved populations by awarding up to three cooperative agreements to applicants to develop and implement projects that propose to use technology and other innovative practices to reach these populations. Applicants under must demonstrate that their proposed project has been developed through a collaborative partnership between: (a) a state, local, tribal, or nonprofit mental health services provider program; (b) a state, local, tribal, or nonprofit crime victim services provider program; and (c) a nonprofit and/or community-based organization whose primary mission is to meet the specific health, safety, or general welfare needs of the underserved population that would be the recipient of the proposed services if neither (a) nor (b) has expertise in meeting the cultural needs of the target population to be served. Note: The term “traditionally underserved” refers to individuals who are members of any of the following populations of victims of crime: deaf and hard-of-hearing; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT); American Indians/Alaska Natives; older adults; Limited English Proficient (LEP) individuals; and those who reside in rural communities.
  • Purpose Area 3B: Training and Technical Assistance: A cooperative agreement to will be awarded to an organization to provide TTA to up to three grantees who would receive funding under Purpose Area 3A.

Amount: Varies by purpose area:

  • Purpose Area 1 – Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training for Crime Victim Advocates: Up to $500,000 is available for one cooperative agreement award. The performance period is for 36 months.
  • Increasing Access to Victim Services for Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Who Have an SMI:
    • Purpose Area 2A – Direct Services: A total of $1,050,000 is available to make up to three cooperative agreement awards of up to $350,000. The performance period is for 36 months.
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    • SMI: Purpose Area 2B – Training and Technical Assistance: Up to $400,000 is available for one cooperative agreement award. The performance period is for 36 months.
  • Increasing Access to Mental Health Services to Traditionally Underserved Victims of Crime:
    • Purpose Area 3A – Direct Services: A total of $1,350,000 is available to make up to three cooperative agreement awards of up to $450,000 each. The performance period is for 36 months.
    • Purpose Area 3B – Training and Technical Assistance: Up to $450,000 is available for one cooperative agreement award. The performance period is for 36 months.

Eligibility: Varies by purpose area:

  • Purpose Area 1: Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training for Crime Victim Advocates: Nonprofit and for-profit organizations (including tribal nonprofit and for-profit organizations); and institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education). For-profit organizations must forgo any profit or management fee. Applicants must have demonstrated experience and understanding of suicide and suicidality, including experience developing and implementing suicide prevention activities, implementing suicide screening and assessment activities, and providing training to lay persons and professionals on screening, assessment, and intervention.
  • Increasing Access to Victim Services for Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Who Have an SMI: Purpose Area 2A – Direct Services: (a) mental health services programs operated by state, local, or by federally recognized Indian tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior); and (b) nonprofit organizations (including tribal nonprofit organizations) whose primary mission is to provide direct services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Applications must be developed through a collaborative partnership that includes both (a) and (b).
  • Increasing Access to Victim Services for Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Who Have an SMI: Purpose Area 2B – Training and Technical Assistance: Institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education) and nonprofit organizations (including tribal nonprofit organizations). Applicants must demonstrate: an expert-level understanding of the etiology and treatment of SMI; experience in developing programs or strategies to increase access to mental health services for individuals with SMI; subject matter expertise in issues related to domestic violence and sexual assault; prior experience in providing TTA on these topics to mental health professionals and victim advocates.
  • Increasing Access to Mental Health Services to Traditionally Underserved Victims of Crime: Purpose Area 3A – Direct Services: (a) mental health services programs operated by state, local, or by federally recognized Indian tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior); and (b) nonprofit organizations (including tribal nonprofit organizations) whose primary mission is to provide services to victims of crime. Applications must be developed through a collaborative partnership that includes both (a) and (b). If neither (a) nor (b) has demonstrated expertise in providing culturally competent services to the target population that would be served in the application, then the collaborative partnership must be expanded to include a nonprofit and/or community-based organization whose primary mission is to meet the specific health, safety, or general welfare needs of the underserved population that would be the recipient of the proposed services.
  • Increasing Access to Mental Health Services to Traditionally Underserved Victims of Crime: Purpose Area 3B – Training and Technical Assistance: institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education) and nonprofit organizations (including tribal nonprofit organizations). Applicants must demonstrate: subject matter expertise in understanding and treating the mental health needs of victims of crime; expertise in providing training on how to provide culturally competent services to members of multicultural populations; experience in using technology and other media to help communities develop innovative solutions to providing mental health services; and an expert level of understanding of the mental and emotional needs of victims of crime.

Eligible applicants may apply to only one purpose area in this solicitation.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=295072

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