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Updated: Cooperative Agreement - Veterans: Risk and Needs Assessment Tool and Protocol
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The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is soliciting proposals from organizations, groups, or individuals to enter into a cooperative agreement for a 36-month period to begin no later than September 15, 2014. Work under this cooperative agreement will involve developing a multidisciplinary advisory committee to assist with reviewing and revising the veteran’s needs screening tool and veteran’s treatment court risk and needs assessment protocol, along with developing a comprehensive clinical needs screening tool containing factors which will identify combat veterans entering the criminal justice system and those clinical factors that may be most at risk. This tool will be specific to Veterans in the criminal justice system and designed to be a non-proprietary, open source document available to the field. This project will be a collaborative venture with the NIC Community Services Division.

DEADLINE: Applications must be received before midnight (ET) on Wednesday, July 30, 2014.

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  Please note that the registration process can take up to 1-3 weeks, so please plan accordingly.

Questions and Answers:

Question: "We were wondering whether the awardee will be responsible for the costs for convening the advisory board committee, or whether NIC will be handling those expenses."?

Answer: The multi-disciplinary advisory group will be the responsibility of the awardee.  The proposed budget should include the costs associated with convening an advisory group as outlined in the solicitation.

Question: The solicitation says that one of the aims of this project is to review and revise the veteran’s need screening tool and veteran’s treatment court risk and need assessment protocol. Can you clarify what the veteran’s need screening tool and veteran treatment court risk and need assessment protocol refer to? We have tried to search this tool and protocol online but have not found one. It will be helpful if you can link us to the existing tools referred in this solicitation. 

Answer: The veteran’s need screening tool and veteran’s treatment court risk and needs assessment protocol is to be developed as a deliverable under this solicitation.

Question: The solicitation requires (the grantee) to develop a comprehensive clinical needs screening tool and implement the tool in four veteran treatment courts. However, it is unclear if we need to pilot and validate the tools before implementing it. Can you please clarify it?

Answer: In the solicitation, the grantee is asked to develop a clinical needs screening tool and implement in up to 4 veteran’s treatment courts.  Because this will be a newly developed tool: the grantee will need to develop methods for collecting the baseline data which will be consistent with the submitted research design.  The validation of the tool and protocol will be funded through a future cooperative agreement.

Question: The solicitation asks for a concisely written program narrative, not to exceed 30 numbered pages. It is not clear if the page limit includes the detailed budget narrative and the description of project team’s qualification.

Answer: Do not exceed 30 pages; including the detailed budge narrative and description of the project team’s qualifications.

Question:  Are the 4 pilot site courts expected to be located nationally or can they be within a state? 

Answer: It is expected that the chosen sites will be located nationally.  The intent is to get an accurate representation of a cross-section of different jurisdictions that will allow this project to identify resource gaps and promising practices to ensure diversity of the tool.  It will be up to the awardee, multi-disciplinary advisory committee, and NIC project team to select the four (4) sites.

Question: I am writing to ask for clarification about the evaluation component of this project. The solicitation explains that the applicant “should include a research protocol to be used in a future NIC sponsored project that will be used to evaluate the effectiveness of the individual and collective components of the veteran’s court protocol…” Shortly thereafter, however, it states: “Conduct evaluation, based on approved research design, to determine effectiveness of the identified components of the veteran’s treatment court protocol on the selected sites.” 

From these two statements, we are not clear whether the applicant will be expected to conduct an evaluation under this cooperative agreement or whether such evaluation would be reserved for a later cooperative agreement. We would be grateful for any clarification you are able to provide.

Answer: The evaluation will be funded in a later cooperative agreement.  You are correct in that the research design and protocol are to be included as deliverables in this cooperative agreement.

 The research design from this cooperative agreement will be utilized to conduct the evaluation in the future funded cooperative agreement.

Posted Tue, Jul 22 2014 3:30 PM by Susan Powell


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