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YouthAlert! (YA!) Program for the STOP School Violence Act of 2018 Mental Health Training Program

BJA-2018-14480 - FY 2018 BJA STOP School Violence Prevention and Mental Health Training Program

CFDA # 16.839 - OMB No. 1121-0329 - Release Date: June 7, 2018


YouthAlert! (YA!) successfully worked on the passage of the STOP School Violence Act of 2018 (H.R.4909/S.2495). The bill was first introduced in the U.S. Congress on January 30, 2018 and signed into law on March 23, 2018.


The STOP School Violence Prevention and Mental Health Training Program, managed by BJA, will provide training and education on preventing violence and effectively responding to related mental health crises.


Description: Among its provisions, the STOP School Violence Act of 2018 authorized BJA to manage a grant program that would support efforts by state, local, and federally-recognized Indian tribes to prevent and reduce school violence. Specifically, the BJA program will address: (1) training school personnel and educating students to prevent student violence;


The OJP NIJ's Comprehensive School Safety Initiative and the OJP websites are resources applicants may use to obtain more information about evidence-based programs.


Information Regarding Potential Evaluation of Programs and Activities. The Department of Justice has prioritized the use of evidence-based programming and deems it critical to continue to build and expand the evidence informing criminal and juvenile justice programs to reach the highest level of rigor possible. Therefore, applicants should note that the OJP may conduct or support an evaluation of the programs and activities funded under this solicitation. Recipients and subrecipients will be expected to cooperate with program-related assessments or evaluation efforts, including through the collection and provision of information or data requested by OJP (or its designee) for the assessment or evaluation of any activities and/or outcomes of those activities funded under this solicitation. The information or data requested may be in addition to any other financial or performance data already required under this program.


The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is seeking applications for funding under the Student, Teachers, and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act Program. This program furthers the Department’s mission by supporting and assisting state, local, and tribal jurisdictions in improving efforts to reduce violent crime through the creation of school safety training and mental health programs for school personnel and students as they relate to violence in schools.