MDHHS Issues Request for Proposals for Juvenile Justice, Ethnic Disparities Reduction

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and the Michigan Committee on Juvenile Justice have issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for stakeholders to implement and evaluate programming to reduce racial and ethnical disparities in the juvenile justice system.

The MDHHS says they’re committed to a goal of decreasing disparities, unequal treatment and unequal outcomes among kids belonging to racial or ethnic minorities.

They say applicants funded through the program must show that RED exists in their jurisdiction and must propose activities that will address those disparities at arrest.

According to the MDHHS, they expect to award about $436,712 over a two-year period through this competitive RFP process to one agency in order to implement and evaluate programming to reduce RED in their jurisdictions.

Grant applications must be electronically submitted through the EGrAMS program by 3 p.m. on May 12. The program period begins July 1 and ends Sept. 30.

Successful applicants may be able to receive funding through Sept. 30, but are subject to funding availability and acceptable performance.

The Michigan Committee on Juvenile Justice provides advice, suggestions and solutions to Governor Gretchen Whitmer on juvenile justice issues, and works collaboratively with the MDHHS as well as other agencies.

The committee has been instrumental in changing practices, policies and philosophies to improve the juvenile justice system.

For more information or to apply for the program, click here and click on the “About EGrAMS” link in the left panel to access the “Competitive Application Instructions” training manual.