MDHHS issues Request for Proposals for juvenile justice diversion pilot programming


CONTACT: Lynn Sutfin, 517-241-2112

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), in partnership with the Mental Health Diversion Council (MHDC), has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for public and private non-profit organizations to provide community-based programming designed to promote juvenile justice diversion.

The MDHHS and MHDC are seeking applicants to provide evidence-based/evidence-informed practices to children and youth who are at risk for juvenile justice involvement but have not been adjudicated. This is an effort to promote juvenile justice diversion, allowing youth to avoid the judgement process within the juvenile justice system and/or authorization of a delinquency petition.

“Juvenile diversion is an opportunity to redirect youth from formal processing in the juvenile justice system,” said Dr. Debra Pinals, MDHHS medical director for Behavioral Health and Forensic Programs and appointee to the MHDC. “It’s an opportunity to set at-risk youth on a new path with the goal of reducing repeat offenses and building alternatives to help them develop better and safer outcomes for all.”

This RFP is designed to promote juvenile justice diversion as part of the work of the juvenile justice subcommittee of the Mental Health Diversion Council (MHDC), specifically related to the goal to “strengthen and expand preemptive diversion by fostering community support services” and support “oversight and implementation of statewide pilot initiatives and administering best practices through data collection” outlined in their Diversion Strategies Action Plan. Funding for these initiatives is provided through MHDC funding and MDHHS general fund appropriations.

Funded applicants will work with MDHHS, MHDC and a data and evaluation team specific to this project.

The total amount allocated for this program is up to $750,000 per fiscal year, with individual award amounts varying based upon project scope and need, up to a total of $1.5 million for the program over a three-year period. First year projects will receive funding April 1, 2020 through Sep. 30, 2020, with the intention to renew projects annually through Sep. 30, 2022 subject to project performance and funding availability. 

Grant applications must be submitted electronically through the MI E-Grants program by Feb. 11 at 3 p.m.

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 “Behavioral Hlth and Dev Dis Adm Standard” link and selecting the “JJDPP-2020” grant program.

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