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Proposals sought to reduce racial, ethnic disparities in state’s juvenile justice system

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

MDHHS is committed to the goal of decreasing disparities, unequal treatment and unequal outcomes amongst youth belonging to racial or ethnic minorities. Applicants funded through this program must demonstrate that RED exists in their jurisdiction and must propose activities that will address those disparities at arrest.

MDHHS expects to award approximately $600,000 over a two-year period through this competitive RFP process to multiple agencies, with funding of up to $300,000 per year to implement and evaluate programming to reduce RED in their jurisdictions.

The Michigan Committee on Juvenile Justice provides advice, suggestions and solutions to Governor Gretchen Whitmer on juvenile justice issues. The committee works collaboratively with MDHHS and other agencies and has been instrumental in changing practices, policies, and philosophies to improve the juvenile justice system.

Grant applications must be submitted electronically through the EGrAMS program by January 4, 2022, at 3 p.m. The program period begins February 1, 2022, and ends September 30, 2022. Successful applicants may be able to receive funding through September 30, 2023, subject to funding availability and acceptable performance.

For additional information or to apply, visit the EGrAMS website at https://egrams-mi.com/mdhhs/user/home.aspx 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 “Childrens Services Agency” link and selecting the “RED-2022” grant program.


Society to host Advent Reflection Event, December 8

The Catholic Lawyers Society of Metropolitan Detroit will host an Advent Reflection Event (Feast of the Immaculate Conception) on Wednesday, December 8.

Members of CLSMD will gather for 12:15 p.m. mass at Old St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greektown, followed by an Advent reflection with CLSMD Spiritual Director Msgr. Ronald Browne. A boxed lunch will follow. 

The event is free but registration is required.  To register, email catholiclawyerssociety@gmail.com.

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