Supplement: VALOR Initiative: Law Enforcement Suicide Prevention Training Program

Grants and Contracts Details


Background: The Institute for Intergovernmental Research (!IR), in partnership with the American Association of Suicidology (AAS), will develop and deliver the curricula, resources, and training and technical assistance (TTA) for the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), Law Enforcement (LE) Suicide Prevention Training Program. This program furthers the Administration''s priorities and the U.S. Department of Justice''s (DOJ) mission by enhancing LE safety, wellness, resilience, and survivability and providing TTA focused on LE safety and wellness needs. The development and delivery of this national TTA program will focus on education and increasing awareness and recognition of LE suicide with the aim of preventing officer suicide. Founded in 1968, AAS promotes research, public awareness, education, and training and serves as a national clearinghouse. AAS will provide mental health and suicide-prevention expertise to help develop and deliver TTA and will use its members to gather, share, and promote trainings and resources. Julie Cerel, Ph.D., for her team at the University of Kentucky, will also be a Point of Contact (POC) for the subject expertise and subject experts. Initial Guidance: The development of curricula, courses, and products will be preceded by an outline of specific steps and timelines to facilitate the process, accountability, and the anticipated outcomes. Specific guidance will include, but not be limited to: 1. Designated IIR and AAS POCs will access the cadre of IIR and AAS''''s in-house staff and the University of Kentucky''s subject experts (AAS Team) in person and/or via conference calls to complete tasks. All SMEs must be approved by IIR and BJA prior to contact with them. 2. The AAS Team will contribute to the curricula/course development processes, including initial input, review, and implementation, as well as the identification and development of program resources within designated timelines. 3. As the primary awardee, IIR will serve as the lead for all communications with BJA and will be responsible for the presentation of all curricula, courses, and products to BJA and ensuring that any modifications requested are completed in a timely manner. All items will be processed by the IIR Quality Control Team. Attachment A 4. The content and number of deliverables may change only upon the mutual agreement of both parties and BJA, if appropriate. 5. The IIR Point of Contact (POC) is Patty Dobbs Hodges, Senior Vice President, and Dan Stump, Senior Manager. IIR lead for curricula and course development is Senior Research Associate/Manager, Chris Griggs; Product development POC and lead is Senior Research Associate/Manager, Fran Hokkanen; and Communications lead is Senior Program Specialist Adriana Graham. The POCs for AAS are Colleen Creighton, Executive Director, and Julie Cerel, Ph.D., at the University of Kentucky.
Effective start/end date5/1/198/31/22


  • American Association of Suicidology


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