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Faxed applications will not be accepted. Electronic applications can be submitted via
All technical or programmatic questions concerning this announcement should be directed to Michael Dooley, Correctional Program Specialist (CPS), National Institute of Corrections (NIC) at
A new study conducted by the Council of State Governments Justice Center, in partnership with Policy Research Associates on the prevalence of adults with serious mental illnesses in jails released in the summer of 2009 found that more than 20,000 adults entering five local jails document serious mental illnesses in 14.5 percent of the men and 31 percent of the women, rates in excess of three to six times those found in the general population. Prevalence estimates for females were double those for male inmates. This gender difference is particularly important given the rising number of women in U.S. jails. These findings represent the most reliable estimates in the last 20 years of rates of serious mental illness among adults entering jails. (Steadman, Osher, Robbins, Case and Samuels, June 2009)
In a NIC 2008 Needs Assessment, interviewees noted that problems with mental illness continue to challenge both prison and jail operations, and there is a critical need for more collaboration with providers of services for the mentally ill and a review of policies driving them into the corrections system. According to the 2005 NIC Needs Assessment “Adequacy of offender mental health care” was the second highest (2.48) concern to senior corrections officials (Clem and Eggers, 2005).
The challenges to corrections are significant and multi-faceted. This frequent involvement with the criminal justice system will continue to have a significant adverse impact on corrections, public safety and government spending, not to mention the devastating impact for these individuals and their families. The mentally ill offender, along with the professionals and practitioners who make policy and make operational decisions, need a conduit and voice for the current news, trends and issues. It is about being routinely informed so that best policy, best practice and best responses emerge as the foundation for managing mentally ill offenders in jails, prisons and community corrections.
The format will depend on further consultation with NIC Information Center staff and NIC publications staff (must follow the Guidelines for Preparing and Submitting Manuscripts for Publication as found in the “General Guidelines for Cooperative Agreements” which will be included in the award package); adhere to best practice technical and editing standards and formats for this type of electronic newsletter; publication content and topics must span and attend to the interest of the broad array of correctional stakeholders including jails, prisons, and community corrections. Topics and items published must focus on current issues pertaining to corrections and mental health, and may include but not be limited to, feature articles on NIC initiatives and work, innovative work and programs, demonstrated best practices, current research trends, legal issues, scheduled events/workshops/conferences, and articles from practitioners in the field.
Consult with the Correctional Program Specialist (CPS) assigned to manage the cooperative agreement to ensure understanding of, and agreement on, the scope of work to be performed;
Consult and work with the NIC Information Center for posting and availability through the website including the Corrections Community, Corrections News, and Blogs. The applicant can visit the NIC Web site at
Submit a detailed work plan with time lines and milestones for accomplishing project activities to the assigned CPS for approval prior to any work to be performed under this agreement;
Designate a point of contact, which would serve as the conduit of information and work between the CPS and the awardee;
Submit a layout and prototype to the CPS/Project Manager or designee for approval before the first edition is published.
Consult periodically with the CPS/Project Manager or designee on the proposed content for the newsletter.
Applications may be submitted in hard copy, or electronically via
A sample of a prior or proposed newsletter publication including format done by the applicant is preferred as a supplement to the application. Please do not submit full
A Web conference will be conducted for persons with the intent to respond to the solicitation on Friday, December 18, 2009 at 12 p.m. EDT. In this conference NIC project managers will respond to questions regarding the solicitation and expectations of work to be performed. You must pre-register to attend the conference. To register for the Web conference go to:
NIC will NOT award a cooperative agreement to an applicant who does not have a Dun and Bradstreet Database Universal Number (DUNS) and is not registered in the Central Contractor Registry (CCR).
A DUNS number can be received at no cost by calling the dedicated toll-free DUNS number request line at 1-800-333-0505 (if you are a sole proprietor, you would dial 1-866-705-5711 and select option 1).
Registration in the CCR can be done online at the CCR Web site: