Through this solicitation, BJA seeks a provider to operate a National Training and Technical Assistance Center (National TTA Center) that will assist and guide states, tribes and local governments to grow and enhance cross system responses between local law enforcement and their mental health and IDD service delivery partners; and to address local response, needs and outcomes for people with mental illness and intellectual and developmental disabilities. This National TTA Center is critical to assisting jurisdictions by organizing the structure of the National TTA Center and responding to the focus of policy and practice as outlined in this solicitation.
The overall purpose of the National Training and Technical Assistance Center is to support states, local jurisdictions, and tribes to achieve four key outcome measures: 1) increased connections to resources, 2) reduced repeat encounters with law enforcement,8 3) reduced number of MI and IDD related arrests in encounters when diversion is appropriate, and 4) reduced use of force and injury in encounters with people who have mental health and IDD needs when behavior can be defused by other means.
Objective 1: Set up and operate a National TTA Center and information clearinghouse that advances state, local and tribal policy and practice to support law enforcement agencies and their service delivery system partners as they plan, implement, and work toward four key outcome measures to respond to people with MI and IDD.
Objective 2: Actively conduct TTA using an approved set of criteria in coordination with BJA to a select number of competitively selected jurisdictions with specific or a combination of TTA needs as described below.
Objective 3: Receive, triage, and act as a clearinghouse of best practices and resources to respond to requests for training and technical assistance including working with states to facilitate the implementation of best practices at the local level.
Objective 4: Develop and implement strategies to support law enforcement, school, and health care agency prevention of, and response to, missing individuals with forms of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease, or developmental disabilities, such as autism, who, due to their condition, wander from safe environments.
Objective 5: Conduct outreach and identify states for TTA engagements to improve state policy, practice, and resource allocation to support local efforts to improve law enforcement response and outcomes for people with MI and IDD.