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(430 ILCS 69/35-25)
Integrated violence prevention and other services.
(a) Subject to appropriation, for municipalities with 1,000,000 or more residents, the Office of Firearm Violence Prevention shall make grants to violence prevention organizations for evidence-based violence prevention services. Approved technical assistance and training providers shall create learning communities for the exchange of information between community-based organizations in the same or similar fields. Firearm violence prevention organizations shall prioritize individuals at the highest risk of firearm violence victimization and provide these individuals with evidence-based comprehensive services that reduce their exposure to chronic firearm violence.
(b) Violence prevention organizations shall develop the following expertise in the geographic areas that they cover:
(1) Analyzing and leveraging data to identify the
individuals who will most benefit from evidence-based violence prevention services in their geographic areas.
(2) Identifying the conflicts that are responsible
(3) Having relationships with individuals who are
most able to reduce conflicts.
(4) Addressing the stabilization and trauma recovery
needs of individuals impacted by violence by providing direct services for their unmet needs or referring them to other qualified service providers.
(5) Having and building relationships with community
members and community organizations that provide evidence-based violence prevention services and get referrals of people who will most benefit from evidence-based violence prevention services in their geographic areas.
(6) Providing training and technical assistance to
local law enforcement agencies to improve their effectiveness without having any role, requirement, or mandate to participate in the policing, enforcement, or prosecution of any crime.
(c) Violence prevention organizations receiving grants under this Act shall coordinate services with other violence prevention organizations in their area.
(d) The Office of Firearm Violence Prevention shall identify, for each separate eligible service area under this Act, an experienced violence prevention organization to serve as the Lead Violence Prevention Convener for that area and provide each with a grant of up to $100,000 to these organizations to coordinate monthly meetings between violence prevention organizations and youth development organizations under this Act. The Lead Violence Prevention Convener may also receive, from the Office of Firearm Violence Prevention, technical assistance or training through approved providers when needs are jointly identified. The Lead Violence Prevention Convener shall:
(1) provide the convened organizations with summary
notes recommendations made at the monthly meetings to improve the effectiveness of evidence-based violence prevention services based on review of timely data on shootings and homicides in his or her relevant neighborhood;
(2) attend monthly meetings where the cause of
violence and other neighborhood disputes is discussed and strategize on how to resolve ongoing conflicts and execute on agreed plans;
(4) on behalf of the convened organizations, make
consensus recommendations to the Office of Firearm Violence Prevention and local law enforcement on how to reduce violent conflict in his or her neighborhood;
(5) meet on an emergency basis when conflicts that
need immediate attention and resolution arise;
(6) share knowledge and strategies of the community
violence dynamic in monthly meetings with local youth development specialists receiving grants under this Act;
(7) select when and where needed an approved Office
of Violence Prevention-funded technical assistance and training service provider to receive agreed upon services; and
(8) after meeting with community residents and other
community organizations that have expertise in housing, mental health, economic development, education, and social services, make recommendations to the Office of Firearm Violence Prevention on how to target community revitalization resources available from federal and State funding sources.
The Office of Firearm Violence Prevention shall compile recommendations from all Lead Violence Prevention Conveners and report to the General Assembly bi-annually on these funding recommendations. The Lead Violence Prevention Convener may also serve as a youth development provider.
(e) The Illinois Office of Firearm Violence Prevention shall select, when possible and appropriate, no fewer than 2 and no more than 3 approved technical assistance and training providers to deliver technical assistance and training to the violence prevention organizations that request to receive approved technical assistance and training. Violence prevention organizations shall have complete authority to select among the approved technical assistance services providers funded by the Office of Firearm Violence Prevention.
(f) Approved technical assistance and training providers may:
(1) provide training and certification to violence
prevention professionals on how to perform violence prevention services and other professional development to violence prevention professionals.
(2) provide management training on how to manage
violence prevention professionals;
(3) provide training and assistance on how to develop
memorandum of understanding for referral services or create approved provider lists for these referral services, or both;
(4) share lessons learned among violence prevention
professionals and service providers in their network; and
(5) provide technical assistance and training on
human resources, grants management, capacity building, and fiscal management strategies.
(g) Approved technical assistance and training providers shall:
(1) provide additional services identified as
necessary by the Office of Firearm Violence Prevention and service providers in their network; and
(2) receive a base grant of up to $250,000 plus
negotiated service rates to provide group and individualized services to participating violence prevention organizations.
(i) The Office of Firearm Violence Prevention shall issue grants, when possible and appropriate, to no fewer than 2 violence prevention organizations in each of the eligible service areas and no more than 6 organizations. When possible, grants shall be for no less than $300,000 per violence prevention organization. The Office of Firearm Violence Prevention may establish grant award ranges to ensure grants will have the potential to reduce violence in each neighborhood.
(j) No violence prevention organization can serve more than 3 eligible service areas unless the Office of Firearm Violence Prevention is unable to identify violence prevention organizations to provide adequate coverage.
(k) No approved technical assistance and training provider shall provide evidence-based violence prevention services in an eligible service area under this Act unless the Office of Firearm Violence Prevention is unable to identify qualified violence prevention organizations to provide adequate coverage.
(Source: P.A. 102-16, eff. 6-17-21; 102-679, eff. 12-10-21.)