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The Haywood County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to provide programming related to the provision of community-based opportunities for at-risk youth and interpersonal skills development focused on drug abuse prevention.

 

The County expects to receive a minimum of $50,000 from the North Carolina Governor’s Crime Commission to implement selected proposals. The GCC is the state recipient of $5 million Federal Byrne/JAG funds supplied through the American Recover and Reinvestment Act. These funds were awarded to the NC Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to fund gang violence prevention programming through local JCPCs.

 

In 2010, the County received $41,500 in DJJDP funds to conduct a comprehensive assessment of gang activity. The assessment included a community survey designed to document perceptions of gang-related activities across Haywood County and facilitate the implementation of suppression, prevention and intervention activities addressing issues identified by the survey. More than 1,200 students, citizens and community leaders responded to survey.

 

The survey showed that Haywood County does not have a significant problem related to organized gang activity, but that respondents had concerns about emerging and existing issues that could lead to more organized criminal activity, particularly those related to drug abuse. The survey also indicated that most responders believed that creating more opportunities for positive prevention and intervention activities was the best way to prevent gang violence and to provide a positive influence on at-risk youth.

 

Based on the results of the gang assessment, the County is seeking proposals for the following three types of services:

  1. Intervention team coordination -  to assist in the coordination of services for a particular youth and/or family as presented by court personnel, law enforcement personnel, school personnel, social workers, counselors or other youth involved persons. The intervention committee will meet regularly and consider requests based on criteria established by the Haywood JCPC and to assist in removing barriers to community activities and services that support youth rehabilitation (http://www.ojjdp.gov/mpg/progTypesCaseManagementInt.aspx).
  2. Interpersonal skills education, including communication, self-esteem and problem solving targeting youth at risk.  Education should be offered to 1) youth in existing youth-focused organizations in the community and 2) include workshops and training to increase community awareness about drug abuse, gangs and working with youth serving organizations to change conditions contributing to drug abuse. Particular attention should be given to the emerging issue of prescription drug abuse in Haywood County.
  3. Interpersonal skills training for youth already exhibiting behavioral difficulty, including, but not limited to delinquent or substance using behavior.   This intervention program will serve at-risk youth referred by the intervention team. The intervention program will be an intensive interpersonal skills development program, a component of which will focus on the families of youth by providing education and training, again with particular attention given to the issue of prescription drug abuse in Haywood County (http://www.ojjdp.gov/mpg/mpgProgramDetails.aspx?ID=392).

The complete Request for Proposals is available for review in the Doing Business with Haywood County section of the county website, www.haywoodnc.net. Any community agency that serves youth and is interested in providing intervention/prevention programming is eligible to apply. Applicants may submit a proposal that addresses a specific area of support or that addresses all three areas of support.

 

An informational meeting for all interested applicants will be held from 10 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Dec. 13 in the Historic Courtroom of the Haywood County Courthouse, located at 215 N. Main Street in Waynesville.

 

To apply, sponsoring agencies must complete the “Community-Based Youth Gang Violence Prevention Program Agreement – Programming” distributed with the RFP for funding consideration. Programs must develop and implement evidence-based programs/practices that serve court-involved, high-risk youth, and/or identified gang members. Applicants must demonstrate that evidence-based programs/practices have been developed to address problems identified in the Haywood County gang assessment to receive funding.

 

A summary of the gang assessment is available for review on the Haywood County website and the complete report is available for review in the Haywood County Manager’s Office. Applicants must choose programs from OJJDP’s Model Programs Guide:       http://www.dsgonline.com/MPG25_Local/MPGSearch/WebForm2_Demo.aspx or the OJJDP’s Strategic Planning Tool - http://www.iir.com/nygc/tool/default.htm

 

One (1) program agreements with original signatures and an electronic version of the agreement must be received (by mail or hand-delivered) no later than 2:00pm on Monday January 24, 2011. Faxed or emailed program agreements will not be accepted.  Completed applications must be submitted to David Teague, JCPC Chairperson, County Administrative Offices, Third Floor, Haywood County Courthouse, 215 N. Main Street, Waynesville, NC 28786. The deadline is 2 p.m., Monday January 24, 2011.

 

For questions or more information, please contact David Teague at 452-7305 or by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .