Call for Workshop Proposals — NAPSA Annual Conference

National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies (NAPSA)
2017 Annual Conference and Training Institute
Call for Workshop Proposals

The National Association of Pretrial Services (NAPSA) is pleased to issue a call for proposals of workshops for the 45th Annual Conference and Training Institute, to be held at the Wyndham Grand Hotel in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on September 10-13, 2017. Workshop proposals are due May 31, 2017.

The NAPSA Conference and Training Institute provides participants with the opportunity to review the foundations of pretrial, learn the latest research findings, hear about the implementation of evidence-based practices, and understand current opportunities available to those working in the field. The goal of each workshop should be to provide attendees with information, tools, or action items that they can take home and use in their own jurisdiction. Conference attendees include pretrial services and front-end intervention program staff, judges, prosecutors, defense counsel, law enforcement, advocacy organizations and policy makers.

NAPSA will be hosting over sixty, 50-minute workshops during the conference. NAPSA recognizes that some topics require more than 50 minutes; therefore, the conference will feature two types of workshops: Regular, which will run for 50 minutes, and Extended, which will run for two 50-minute sessions. We will also repeat some workshops on multiple days.

Proposals should be submitted using NAPSA's online workshop proposal submission site (click on login to create a username and password). Information required to complete the online form includes:
Name, email, telephone number and organization name of contact person

Workshop title (no more than 10 words)

  • Workshop description (no more than 150 words)
  • Workshop length: (Regular – 50 minutes; Extended – 100 minutes)
  • Learning objectives
  • Methodology (i.e. exercises, audience participation, role play, action planning, etc.)
  • Willingness to repeat the workshop a second time during the conference

All proposals will be reviewed by the NAPSA Education Committee, which will select those that best meet attendee needs to provide information that is relevant and practical and enables attendees to build skills, increase competencies, and enhance pretrial justice in their home communities.

Preferences will be given to proposals that incorporate adult learning principles in their methodology (i.e., exercises, audience participation, action planning) or that present new research findings. Workshops that highlight the successful implementation of evidence-based pretrial practices in a particular jurisdiction or series of jurisdictions should also address how those practices can be implemented in other jurisdictions. Each workshop should allow time for questions and answers.

Please note that NAPSA does not pay fees, travel or hotel costs, or waive conference registration fees for workshop presenters. Conference registration fees are not required for presenters who are present only for their own workshop. Reduced conference registration fees are applied to presenters attending workshops or other events beyond their workshop as described above.

Workshop proposals are due by May 31, 2017

Cooperative Agreement – Advancing Research on Offender Behavioral Change: Sanctions and Incentives

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017. The purpose of this solicitation is further the research to promote the use of responses to behavioral change that support offender pro-social self-change.

Goals, Objectives, and Deliverables

This competitive solicitation will fund the development of a research agenda to further the research around the effective use of behavioral interventions to support offender pro-social self-change.

Objectives:

  1. Identify current evidence-based practices and best practices with the application of sanctions and incentives utilized by the community corrections field that promote offender pro-social self-change.
  2. Further the research by developing a research agenda that will address the knowledge and
  3. Address the literature gap around the application of sanctions and incentives as an evidence-based approach to support offender behavior modification.

Deliverables:

In addition to the strategy and content of the program design, the successful applicant must complete the following deliverables during the project period. The program narrative should reflect how the applicant will accomplish these activities.

  1. Develop research design to identify what best practices exist for incorporating sanctions and incentives into a comprehensive behavioral management model.
  2. Develop a white paper summarizing research findings.
  3. Based on research findings develop a research agenda to expand the body of knowledge around the effective use of behavioral interventions to support offender pro-social self-change.
  4. Develop a report, for community corrections practitioners, outlining approaches to build an accumulative body of research that supports the effective use of sanctions and incentives within community supervision models.

DEADLINE: Applications must be received before midnight (ET) on July 3, 2017.


Please note effective July 1, 2013 the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) was merged to the System for Award Management (SAM).  The SAM registry and Frequently Asked Questions can be reached at http://www.sam.gov.  Please note that the registration process can take up to 1-3 weeks, so please plan accordingly.

Call for Participation: NIC Working Group on Evidence-Based Librarianship in Corrections

Deadline: Friday, May 19, 2017

Over the past several decades, library services for incarcerated and justice-involved individuals have increasingly been regarded as a means of increasing desirable activities from individuals under correctional supervision. Further, some research suggests that library services can play an even greater role, possibly contributing to improved job skills, study habits, and effective communication, as they transition to becoming responsible tax-paying citizens.

OVERVIEW

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) would like to examine the larger role that library services can play in corrections, whether for individuals in confinement or for those fulfilling sentences in the community. You can be part of this effort by applying to participate in an NIC working group meeting on Evidence-Based Librarianship in Corrections. This working group will look at how correctional library service is being used around the country today and how it could be improved with evidence-based practices to support correctional goals.

Understanding that staffing and responsibilities based on an individual’s job title may differ from one jurisdiction to the next, we have outlined a list of functional roles rather than job titles to assist you in deciding whether to apply. Candidates appropriate for the working group will have had experience providing services to a population comprising a significant number of incarcerated and justice-involved individuals and will have been responsible for decision making in the following areas:

  • Collections Development
  • Education and Programming within the Library
  • Management of Library Operations
  • Marketing/Promotion of Library Services
  • Information Access and Retrieval
  • Fulfillment of Reference Inquiries

It is not expected that a single individual will be responsible for all of the activities listed above. Therefore, candidates applying to participate should have responsibility for at least half of the items mentioned.

If selected, candidates will be invited to attend a two-day session at either the National Correctional Academy in Aurora, Colorado or at NIC headquarters in Washington, DC. Responding to this information request does not constitute any binding agreement between the applicant and the United States Government.

HOW TO APPLY
To apply to be part of the NIC working group on Evidence-Based Librarianship in Corrections, please submit the following items via e-mail as an attachment in Word or PDF to Donna Ledbetter, NIC Writer/Editor, at dledbetter@bop.gov:

  • Current résumé or vitae
  • Written explanation not to exceed 1,500 words that details why you are qualified to participate and interested in being part of this program
  • The recommendation of a supervisor or colleague who can attest to the quality of your work

Please include the words EBLC Meeting Application in the subject line of your e-mail.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

If you require additional information or have questions about how to apply, please contact Donna Ledbetter, NIC Writer/Editor, at dledbetter@bop.gov or 202-514-4072.

Justice Involved Women: Developing an Agency-Wide Approach 17C3203

August 22-24, 2017: The program is delivered in three sequential phases – on line learning, face-to-face training and follow up coaching. Through blended learning delivery this 36-hour program leads participant teams through strategic planning to develop an agency plan that provides coordination and direction to manage women offenders effectively. The plan will guide development of agency policies and procedures to ensure that responsive and effective services are provided to meet the supervision and programming needs of justice involved women. The curriculum is designed to assist agencies to implement planned change in support of their public safety missions.

Application Deadline: June 16, 2017

Location: Aurora, Colorado

Who Should Attend: Staff with policymaking and decision-making authority in areas such as oversight of women’s corrections institutions, community corrections programs, leadership roles in critical areas such as medical/mental health, classification, risk and need reducing programs and re-entry. The training teams will be comprised of 4 individuals representing jails, prisons, community corrections or combined teams that commit to working together to developing an agency-wide draft proposal for improved management of justice involved women.

  • Requirements: Teams are asked to make a one-year commitment to this process. EACH MEMBER OF A PROPOSED TEAM MUST APPLY INDIVIDUALLY. One individual cannot apply for the full team. Teams that do not have a full complement of registered participants will not be considered for acceptance.
  • Please forward to Maureen Buell, NIC mbuell@bop.gov by June 16, 2017 to be considered for acceptance:
    • A written endorsement training attendance by top leadership of the agency to in consideration of implementing gender responsive policy and practice.
    • A short description of what outcomes your agency would like to achieve with respect to the management of justice involved women. Descriptions can be a team effort or one from each individual team member.
  • Must be able to demonstrate completion of all pre and post training assignments, to include three (3) one hour online training courses as assigned, and follow-up virtual team coaching. Faculty coaches will work with assigned team to provide support and guidance, on a limited basis, as teams address challenges, barriers as well as opportunities in policy and practice design. The coaching sessions are to be completed on or about December, 30, 2017.
  • Must be able to fully attend 20 hours over 2.5 days of face-to-face training, August 22-24, 2017.

Description:

The curriculum is research based, gender-informed (women) and designed for making systemic changes to improve management of justice involved women. Identified outcomes for enhanced policy and practice may include working toward reductions in recidivism and intermediate outcomes as in harm reduction, improved program participation rates, the appropriate use of disciplinary sanctions, successful reintegration/reentry and improvements in community stabilization.

Contact: Maureen Buell, Correctional Program Specialist

mbuell@bop.gov or 1-202-514-0121

Call for NIC Technical Resource Providers – Basic Jail Academy Curriculum Subject Matter Experts

Deadline: May 5, 2017

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) Jails Division is conducting market research and seeks to immediately identify subject matter experts with demonstrated experience in developing, implementing and evaluating basic jail academy curriculum with specific content emphasis on the use of force.

Responding to this information request does not constitute any binding agreement between the respondent and the United States Government.

Qualifications of Technical Resource Providers: The contractor/TRP must have a minimum of ten (10) years of experience in jail operations and training, a minimum of ten (10) years of experience in training correctional professionals, and is expected to conduct his/her assignment professionally and responsibly.

HOW TO APPLY

Qualifications of Technical Resource Providers: Send a current resume or vitae, in Word or PDF format, to samos@bop.gov no later than May 5, 2017. Please include the following in the subject line of your e-mail: “Technical Resource Provider.” Your résumé or vitae should include:

  • Full name
  • Education (list all college degrees, institution, and dates)
  • All professional position titles, descriptions, and dates in chronological order beginning with, or going back to, your first position after obtaining your bachelor’s degree
  • A detailed description of your current and past organizational affiliation(s) with position title and related experience
  • Telephone numbers (work and home)
  • Mailing addresses (work and home)
  • E-mail address
  • Submission of a writing sample not to exceed 1,500 words as to why you are qualified to serve as a TA provider.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

If you require additional information or have questions about resume or vitae requirements, please contact Stephen Amos, NIC’s Jails Division Chief, at samos@bop.gov or (202) 307-5811.

Cooperative Agreement: Crisis Intervention Team Training Curriculum Enhancement

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017. This cooperative agreement is for the solicitation of proposals to enter into a 12-month cooperative agreement to review and revise the existing 40-hour CIT classroom-based training program designed to be delivered to 30 participants.

Goals, Objectives, and Deliverables

The goal of this cooperative agreement will be to revise the curriculum for the CIT Training Program which trains jail systems and state departments of corrections staff. The successful applicant must be an expert in curriculum design who will work with the subject matter experts and peer reviewers identified by the NIC Project Manager.

The program’s objectives should include the following:

  1. Understand the tenets of CIT training based on the Memphis Model.
  2. Review and revise the existing CIT Training curriculum.
  3. Update the statistics in the current training.
  4. Develop additional CIT training curricula based on the outcome of the mock and pilot CIT training sessions.
  5. Develop a participant manual.
  6. Develop a facilitator manual.
  7. Develop a pre and posttest assessment that will assess participant learning.
  8. Develop publications and supplemental materials to undergird the revised CIT curriculum and training.

DEADLINE: Applications must be received before midnight (ET) on June 26, 2017.


Please note effective July 1, 2013 the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) was merged to the System for Award Management (SAM).  The SAM registry and Frequently Asked Questions can be reached at http://www.sam.gov.  Please note that the registration process can take up to 1-3 weeks, so please plan accordingly.

Cooperative Agreement: Reentry Employment Series – Training and Coaching Facilitation

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017). Work under this cooperative involves the management.

 

Overview:

In order to assist justice involved adults with maintaining long-term attachments to the workforce, practitioners must be able to assess those at high risk for job loss, identify specific criminogenic risks, and develop programming in response to identified risk/need areas. In addition, practitioners must maintain a communication style that supports exploration of the values, thoughts and feelings that lead to job loss and recidivism. The Reentry Employment Series provides practitioners with the knowledge, skills and abilities to assist justice involved adults as they explore the values, thoughts and feelings that lead to job loss and recidivism.

The tasks to be performed under this cooperative agreement will include facilitation of training curriculum based on the Instructional Theory Into Practice (ITIP) model; development/administration of an evaluation protocol to assess the effectiveness of training/coaching sessions; development/administering of pre/post evaluations to measure the trainees’ mastery of established competencies and skills. The awardee will work collaboratively working with the designated NIC project manager to select training instructors and participants. In addition, the awardee should have an established procedure for the provision of professional certification and continuing educational units.

 

Deadline: Applications must be received before midnight (ET) on June 10, 2017.

 

 

 

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Please note effective July 1, 2013 the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) was merged to the System for Award Management (SAM).  The SAM registry and Frequently Asked Questions can be reached at http://www.sam.gov.  Please note that the registration process can take up to 1-3 weeks, so please plan accordingly.

Cooperative Agreement: Outcome and Performance Measures for Community Corrections

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC)  is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017. The purpose of this solicitation is to develop a publication that will outline suggested outcome and performance measures and mission critical data for local and state community corrections operations. 

Goals and Objectives:

This competitive solicitation will fund the development of a document for the community corrections field containing clearly defined and easily calculable measures that can be used to gauge progress in 1) achieving mission and strategic goals, 2) improving fidelity to program design, service delivery and outcomes, and 3) enhancing the ability to illustrate community corrections’ value in an evidence –based criminal justice system.

Objectives:

1. Identify current performance and outcome measurements, data management
strategies and mission critical data utilized by the community corrections field for
inclusion in the Measuring for Results: Outcome and Performance Measures for the
Community Corrections Field.
2. Identify new performance and outcome measurements, data management strategies
and mission critical data for inclusion in the Measuring for Results: Outcome and
Performance Measures for the Community Corrections Field.

 

Deadline: Applications must be received before midnight (ET) on June 10, 2017. 

 

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Please note effective July 1, 2013 the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) was merged to the System for Award Management (SAM).  The SAM registry and Frequently Asked Questions can be reached at http://www.sam.gov.  Please note that the registration process can take up to 1-3 weeks, so please plan accordingly.

Cooperative Agreement: Employment Retention Inventory Research Project

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017. Work under this cooperative agreement will involve the statistical analysis of the Employment Retention Inventory (ERI) to assign quantitative value to qualitative data specific to criminogenic risk levels.

Overview:

In 2010, the National Institute of Corrections entered into an 18-month cooperative agreement with Learning Designs, Inc. to develop a competency-based training curriculum to provide practitioners with the knowledge and skills needed specific to employment retention services for justice involved adults. In addition to the curriculum, an Employment Retention Inventory (ERI) was developed to identify precursors to job loss and/or recidivism while creating a process for connecting targeted populations to specialized services that address their risk for job loss and recidivism successfully – with the understanding that programming should target justice involved adults found to be at medium/high risk for job loss and criminal activities. The initial validation study of the ERI completed in September 2016 indicated promising results while adding to the body of knowledge currently available specific to offender workforce development.

The goal of this project is to determine whether the ERI effectively identifies the precursors, obstacles, and personality traits that influence an offender's separation from the workforce. In addition, this project will explore the relationship between offender employment retention and recidivism. The major deliverables of this project include (1) the use of a system to capture and evaluate data and (2) a written report that summarizes project findings, recommendations, and potential next steps. This project will be a collaborative venture with the NIC Community Services Division.

 

Deadline: Applications must be received before midnight (ET) on June 9, 2017.

 

 

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Please note effective July 1, 2013 the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) was merged to the System for Award Management (SAM).  The SAM registry and Frequently Asked Questions can be reached at http://www.sam.gov.  Please note that the registration process can take up to 1-3 weeks, so please plan accordingly.

See Us There! NIC at AJA in Orlando

National Institute of CorrectionsVisit the NIC exhibit booth #212/214 and sponsored workshops at the American Jail Association Annual Conference & Jail Expo in Orlando, Florida, April 9-12, 2017.

Crisis Leadership – Cosponsored by NIC

Speakers: Panda J. Adkins, National Institute of Corrections and Robert W. Weinhold, Jr., The Fallston Group

Room: Grand 5-6, Time Slot: Mon 04/10/17 02:00 PM – 05:00 PM

Crises cost time, money, customers and careers, and, in the worst of scenarios, lives. According to studies, 77% of crises are smoldering issues before they become an actual crisis. It is important to perform a crisis audit within your organization so that you minimize your reputational risk. This workshop explores the definition, anatomy, and early warning signs of crisis; the importance of organizational muscle memory; how to lead and what to communicate to enhance stakeholder trust and confidence; the nuances of crisis leadership, strategy, and communications; and the immediate steps to protect your people, secure your assets, and strengthen your brand. Are you ready to tell your story and meet the leadership moment?

Victims Behind Bars: Identify and Address the Sex Trafficking of Women Offenders – Cosponsored by NIC

Speakers: Jose Ramirez, Florida Department of Law Enforcement , Raul S. Banasco, Tarrant County Sheriff's Office Detention Bureau and Evelyn Bush, National Institute of Corrections

Room: Grand 3-4, Time Slot: Tue 04/11/17 02:00 PM – 05:00 PM

We always think that the perpetrator—and not the victim—of injustice is behind bars. However, there is a law that says different and we have unidentified and unsupported victims behind bars every day. They may not identify their exploiter as a trafficker, pimp, or abuser, but he or she is. This workshop provides participants with an awareness of the Federal Law, the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, and the impact on the women under the supervision of jails and prisons. It also emphasizes the need to identify potential human-trafficking victims and create a pathway for prevention, protection, and prosecution.

Legal Issues Update – Cosponsored by NIC

Speakers: Mike Jackson, National Institute of Corrections, Katharine T. Sullivan, Eagle County Court, Carrie Hill, Esq., Carrie Hill Criminal Justice Consulting, LLC and R. Dee Hobbs, Hamilton County, TN

Room: Grand 7A, Time Slot: Wed 04/12/17 08:00 AM – 03:00 PM

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) Jails Division is sponsoring a two-part legal issues update. Join nationally known correctional law attorneys as they discuss recent Supreme Court activity and significant lower court decisions that affect jails across the Nation. Participants also receive the most recent information on trends affecting how we manage our jails. Audience participation with questions and answers is an important feature of both of these workshops.