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National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children (NADEC) Webinar
NADEC is hosting a webinar, "Psychological and Social Needs of Drug Endangered Children," on September 17, 2008 at 1:30 pm e.t. The webinar will address the early and long-term outcomes of children who have been exposed to substances. For more information and to register, visit the NADEC web site.

Public Safety Information Sharing with NIEM
The National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) enables government and industry partners to address the need for timely, accurate, and complete information sharing. NIEM provides a mechanism to define data exchange standards for information that is commonly shared across the justice, public safety, emergency management, intelligence, and homeland security communities. The standards derive from real, operational needs, and promote common utilization for adoption and reuse, saving time and effort while reaping the benefits of standards-based information sharing. NIEM also supports sharing of information between partners who are traditionally divided by separate standards development activities and funding streams, but have a critical need to collaborate to respond to emerging threats, combat crime and improve the administration of justice, and ensure the ongoing safety of citizens. For more information, visit www.niem.gov, where you can also sign up to receive more NIEM information via e-mail, including NIEM News.

Compassion in Action: White House Faith-Based and Community Initiatives
The Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (CFBCI) at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is working to ensure government is coordinating with faith-based and community organizations in response and recovery efforts following Hurricane Gustav.

National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month
BJA is supporting our partners at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and its Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) as they celebrate the 19th annual National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month. Recovery Month, which occurs in September 2008, supports individuals and families that have overcome addiction in all its forms and will acknowledge and celebrate the individuals within the criminal justice and social service sectors who help bring recovery to those in need. This year's theme is "Join the Voices for Recovery: Real People, Real Recovery." To learn more about Recovery Month or an event taking place in your community, visit recoverymonth.gov.

VIPS Program Activities and Milestones
Read about the recent Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) Program activities and milestones from 2002 to 2008.

Drug Court Training
Registration for the Drug Court Planning Initiative (DCPI) is open from August 18-September 29, 2008. The National Drug Court Institute will deliver five-day training programs for eligible jurisdictions who are planning to develop an adult drug court. DCPI is designed to educate jurisdictions on the basic concepts of a drug court program and equip teams with fundamental skills necessary to implement a program.

CSG Justice Center Releases Online Reentry Assessments Tool
With support from BJA, the Council of State Governments Justice Center has released an online assessments tool for state and local government professionals working to make prison and jail reentry safer and more successful. The tool was developed to familiarize state and local government officials with different assessment instruments used in corrections systems across the nation to gauge the risks and needs of someone admitted to prison or jail.

Challenges and Solutions to Implementing Problem-Solving Courts
BJA, in partnership with the State Justice Institute (SJI) and American University (AU), Justice Programs office, jointly sponsored a focus group of judges and court administrators who did not directly work with any problem-solving court program, but who had extensive experience with court management issues within jurisdictions where problem-solving courts operated. The focus group discussed the challenges these individuals had experienced in incorporating a problem-solving court in their court system and recommended solutions to these challenges. The results of the focus group, summarized in Challenges and Solutions to Implementing Problem-Solving Courts from the Traditional Court Management Perspective, will help inform BJA and SJI regarding the appropriate next steps for policy development and implementation in this area.

National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children Conference
The 5th Annual National Alliance for Drug Endangered Children Conference will be held in Salt Lake City on October 6-8, 2008. This event will provide training on the latest research and best practice strategies for Drug Endangered Children efforts at the community, state, and federal level. The conference will include topics related to child welfare, environmental health, medical, prevention, the judiciary and drug courts, substance abuse and mental health, continuum of care, and topics specific to Tribal nations. Visit www.nationaldec.org for the agenda and more details.

Drug Market Intervention
On September 22-23, the High Point Police Department will host a training conference in Greensboro, NC on their Drug Market Intervention strategy, which has been successful in reducing violent crime in several local neighborhoods, specifically the West End neighborhood. For more information, see the conference flyer or contact Major Marty Sumner at 336-887-7817.

Celebrate Safe Communities
Celebrate Safe Communities logo Safe communities are the result of law enforcement working with residents as equal partners in preventing crime. In recognition of this principle, BJA, the National Crime Prevention Council, and the National Sheriffs' Association have joined together to Celebrate Safe Communities (CSC). The CSC project will help kickoff October as Crime Prevention Month by recognizing the vital role residents play in keeping their neighborhoods safe. From October 2-4, 2008, communities across the country will host crime prevention events in neighborhoods, with schools, and in collaboration with local businesses. For more information about starting or participating in an event, visit www.CelebrateSafeCommunities.org.

GMS On-line Training Tool Available
The OJP Grants Management System (GMS) On-line Training Tool assists grantees in administering their awards through the GMS. The online tool provides step-by-step instructions to complete various functions within GMS, as well as the administrative policies associated with Grant Adjustment Notices, Progress Reporting, and Closeouts.

Pandemic Influenza
BJA has developed an online information resource on Preparing the Justice System for a Pandemic Influenza and Other Public Health Emergencies. Resources recently added include two guideline documents from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Office of Emergency Medical Services. Also visit www.pandemicflu.gov.

Police Executive Fellowship Program (PEFP)
As a state or local law enforcement official, are you looking for a professional management and leadership opportunity at the Department of Justice? BJA and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) are seeking leaders from state and local law enforcement to serve on rotational assignments at both BJA and ATF to assist with federal law enforcement policy, operations, and training that will subsequently benefit state and/or local agencies. (PEFP Fact Sheet)

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BJA and the Centers for Disease FrameworkControl and Prevention are pleased to announce the release of A Framework for Improving Cross-Sector Coordination for Emergency Preparedness and Response and Coordinated Implementation of Community Response Measures (Including Social Distancing) to Control the Spread of Pandemic Respiratory Disease.

The International Association of Chiefs of Police and the American Probation and Parole Association have released two documents on sex offender management: Tracking Sex Offenders with Electronic Monitoring Technology: Implications and Practical Uses for Law Enforcement and Strategically Monitoring Sex Offenders: Accessing Community Corrections Resources to Enhance Law Enforcement Capabilities.

With support from BJA, the Council of State Governments Justice Center has released Improving Responses to People with Mental Illnesses: The Essential Elements of a Specialized Law Enforcement-Based Program.

BJA is pleased to announce the release of Performance Measurement for Justice Information System Projects, a guide developed by the Center for Society, Law and Justice.

With support from BJA, Toolkit Coverthe Urban Institute, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and the Montgomery County (MD) Department of Correction and Rehabilitation have developed two jail reentry documents: The Jail Administrator's Toolkit for Reentry and Life After Lockup Cover Life After Lockup: Improving Reentry from Jail to the Community.

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Available Funding

The FY 2008 Prisoner Reentry Initiative awards have been announced.

Visit www.ojp.usdoj.gov/funding/solicitations.htm for other OJP funding opportunities.

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