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Grants to New Jersey Local Agencies, Nonprofits, Tribal Governments, and IHEs to Provide Trauma-Informed Services to Victims of Crime

Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) New Jersey Trauma Recovery Center (NJTRC) Grant


Agency
State

GrantWatch ID#
208030

Funding Source
New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety (LPS) - Office of the Attorney General (OAG)
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Geographic Focus
USA: New Jersey

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/19/24 5:00 PM EST Save

Grant Description
Grants to New Jersey local public agencies, nonprofit organizations, tribal governments, IHEs, and faith-based and community-based organizations to provide trauma-informed services to victims of crime. Funding is intended for a range of services that address the physical and emotional needs of crime victims; assist crime victims to stabilize their lives; assist crime victims to understand and participate in the criminal justice system; provide crime victims with a measure of safety and security; and provide specialized services to sexual assault victims.

Requirements that MUST be Described in the Application:

  • Provide outreach and services to crime victims who typically are unable to access traditional services, including, but not limited to, victims who are:
    • Homeless
    • Chronically mentally ill
    • Members of immigrant and refugee groups
    • Disabled
    • LGBTQ
    • Experiencing severe trauma-related symptoms or complex psychologicalissues
    • Of diverse ethnicity or origin, people of color
    • Juvenile victims, including minors who have had contact with the juvenile dependency or justice system.
  • Serve victims of a wide range of crimes, including, but not limited to all the following:
    • Sexual assault
    • Domestic violence
    • Battery
    • Crimes of violence and assaults including: shootings, gang violence and other forms of community violence
    • Vehicular assault
    • Human trafficking, and
    • Family members of homicide victims.
  • Offer evidence-based and evidence-informed mental health services and support services that include individual and group treatment, medication management, substance abuse treatment, case management, and assertive outreach.
    • These mental health and support services shall be provided in a manner that increases access to services and removes barriers to care for victims of violent crime and may include providing services to a victim in his or her home, in the community, or at other locations conducive to maintaining quality treatment and confidentiality.
  • Provide a complete multidisciplinary staff of clinicians
  • Offer mental health services and case management that are coordinated through a single point of contact for the victim, with support from an integrated multidisciplinary treatment team.
  • Per the TRC Model, the clinician acts as the single point of contact for the victim and provides most services including clinical case management, psychotherapy, advocacy, and substance abuse treatment, and conducts assertive outreach as needed to initiate treatment and keep the client engaged or services are split between clinicians and case managers where a single point of contact is responsible for the coordination of the client’s treatment and care is taken to ensure a unified team approach and clear communication among all service providers.
  • Develop a treatment plan for each client receiving mental health services, which is periodically reviewed by the multidisciplinary team.
  • Ensure that each client has access to a comprehensive mental health assessment, even if case management services are the initial focus of treatment.
  • Deliver services that include assertive outreach and case management
  • Offer outreach and case management services to clients without regard to whether clients choose to access mental health services.
  • Ensure that no person is excluded from services solely based on emotional or behavioral issues resulting from trauma, including, but not limited to, substance abuse problems, low initial motivation, or high levels of anxiety.
  • Utilize established, evidence-based and evidence-informed practices in treatment.
  • Ensure that no person is excluded from services based on immigration status.
  • Offer training to law enforcement, community-based agencies, and other health care providers on the identification and effects of violent crime.

For Additional Criteria and information about Direct Services, Clinical Case Management, and Evidence-Based Programs and Trauma-Informed Practices, see https://www.nj.gov/oag/grants/2024-0119_FY23-VOCA-TRC_NOAF.pdf#page=6.

For Allowable Costs, see https://www.nj.gov/oag/grants/2024-0119_FY23-VOCA-TRC_NOAF.pdf#page=8.



Recipient

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible applicants for this program are limited to a local public agency or a non-profit organization, or a combination of such agencies or organizations or of both such agencies and organizations that have formed a partnership. Federally recognized tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior); non-profit organizations (including hospitals and tribal non-profit organizations); faith-based and community-based organizations that serve crime victims; and public or non-profit colleges or universities (including tribal institutions of higher education) that demonstrate an understanding of the area of victimization, support services and the TRC model described in this solicitation are eligible to participate in the partnerships. Applicants must have the staff resources, capacity to develop or enhance programs proposed to address the area of victimization and/or services described in this solicitation, and the required partnerships.

Priority consideration will be given to those entities that can show a history ofrunning a successful TRC program within the last 36 months. Applicants may demonstrate success in their current or past TRC programs through, for example, evidence of victims served, services offered, the delivery of customary community violence intervention services, the use of workers with appropriate experience and recognized training, as well as other indicators of success.

Applicant agencies and victim assistance programs must meet all applicable statutory and regulatory VOCA program eligibility requirements found at 42 U.S.C. § 10603 and 28 C.F.R. Part 94. The Department reserves the right to decline any and all applicants who cannot demonstrate proof of compliance with VOCA program requirements.

Charitable organizations and professional fundraisers based, operating or soliciting within New Jersey must register with the Division of Consumer Affairs Charities Registration Section unless specifically exempted under the provisions of the Charitable Registration and Investigation Act, N.J.S.A. 45: 17A-18 et seq.

Ineligible
Unallowable Costs
The following is a non-exhaustive list of services, activities, and costs that cannot be supported with VOCA Victim Assistance Formula Grant Program funding:
a. Audits (agencies receiving less than $750,000 in cumulative federal funds)
b. Capital expenses; property losses and expenses, real estate purchases, mortgage payments, construction, and most capital improvements
c. Compensation for victims of crime
d. Crime prevention
e. Fundraising activities
f. Lobbying & advocacy with respect to legislation, regulations, or administrative policy
g. Most medical care costs
h. Tort or criminal defense services
i. Active investigation and prosecution of criminal activities, and witness activities
j. Research and studies, except for project evaluations

Pre-Application Information
Key application dates:
- NOAF Release Date: January 18, 2024
- Final Application Submission Date: February 19, 2024 5 p.m. EST
- Tentative OAG Award Approval Date: March 25, 2024
- Start Date: April 1, 2024

Late Applications Will Be Considered Ineligible

Only one application per applicant will be accepted.

A match is not required however it is encouraged.

The Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA) of 2006 requires agencies to register with the System for Award Management (SAM), formerly the Central Contractor Registration (CCR), to receive a Unique Entity ID (UEI), for all entities applying for a federal award or subaward. The details of subrecipient or recipient obligations regarding “System for Award Management and Universal Identifier Requirements” are posted on the Office of Justice Programs web site at http://www.ojp.gov/funding/explore/sam, and are incorporated by reference here. Applicants without a current UEI number(s) and SAM registration will be considered ineligible. Successful applicants will be required to complete a FFATA form upon award.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$3,000,000

Estimated Size of Grant
Site applicants may apply for a maximum of $750,000 per project for a 12-month grant period.

Term of Contract
The project period will begin April 1, 2024 and end on March 31, 2025.
One year of continuation funding may be available, contingent upon the availability of federal funding and the subrecipient’s compliance with grant conditions and performance of its goals and objectives however, due to planned decreases in federal funding, there is a strong chance that this level of funding will not be maintained.

Contact Information
Applicants must complete and submit a COMPLETE application via TRC@njoag.gov by the submission deadline.

Address of the State agency receiving the application:
Department of Law and Public Safety
Richard J. Hughes Justice Complex
25 Market Street
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0085
Please note that applications are being accepted via the above-mentioned e-mail address ONLY.

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