MDHHS issues Request for Proposals for juvenile justice racial and ethnic disparities reduction


CONTACT: Lynn Sutfin, 517-241-2112

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), in collaboration with the Michigan Committee on Juvenile Justice, has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for local units of government to implement and evaluate programming to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system.

MDHHS is committed to the goal of decreasing disparities, unequal treatment and unequal outcomes amongst youth belonging to racial or ethnic minorities. Applicants funded through this program must demonstrate that racial and ethnic disparities exist in their jurisdiction and must propose activities that will address those disparities.

MDHHS expects to award approximately $800,000 annually through this competitive RFP process to two agencies, with funding of up to $400,000 per year to implement and evaluate programming to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in their jurisdictions.

The Michigan Committee on Juvenile Justice provides advice, suggestions and solutions to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on juvenile justice issues. The committee works collaboratively with MDHHS and other agencies. It has been instrumental in changing practices, policies and philosophies to improve the juvenile justice system.

Grant applications must be submitted electronically through the MI E-Grants program by Aug. 29 at 3 p.m. The program period begins Oct. 1, 2019 and ends Sept. 30, 2020.

For more information or to apply, visit the MI E-Grants website and select "About EGrAMS" link in the left panel to access the "Competitive Application Instructions" training manual. The complete RFP can be accessed under the ‘Current Grants’ section under the “Children’s Services Agency” link and selecting the “REDR-2020” grant program.

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