As a result of recent expansions of the Treatment Alternatives and Diversion (TAD) program to over $4 million annually, TAD projects are now operating in approximately half the jurisdictions in the state. TAD projects include a broad spectrum of activities ranging from pretrial diversion at the initial prosecutorial decision making stage, to treatment courts, and alternatives to revocation, all based on local needs and project design requirements.
As required by state statute, the TAD program is funded on a five-year cycle and is scheduled to be awarded to counties and tribes on a competitive basis for calendar year 2017. As a result of the recent passing of 2015 WI Act 388, there has been an additional expansion of the TAD program to over $6 million for calendar year 2017. This competitive process is a critical step in determining the funding distribution for the upcoming five-year cycle.
TAD Competitive Funding Timeline
In order to prepare and inform local jurisdictions, the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) has developed a timeline of key dates for this competitive process. The complete timeline is attached. Important milestones for local jurisdictions include:
- February 24, 2016: A local programming survey was distributed to jurisdictions throughout Wisconsin (more details on the survey below).
- March 16, 2016: Survey responses were due to DOJ.
- April 19, April 26 and May 3, 2016: In April, DOJ and its partner agencies hosted three regional TAD Grant Writing Trainings around the state. These free trainings were open to all counties and tribes and focused on the TAD grant application requirements.
- After May 3, 2016: After the last training on May 3, the TAD grant announcement will be released to all counties and tribes statewide.
- July 19, 2016: TAD applications are due in DOJ’s Egrants system.
DOJ Sponsored Grant Writing Trainings
In April and early May, DOJ and its partner agencies hosted three regional TAD Grant Writing Trainings around the state. These free trainings were open to all counties and tribes and focused on the TAD grant application requirements. The dates and locations for these trainings were as follows: Tuesday, April 19: Outagamie (Appleton, WI); Tuesday, April 26: Dane (Madison, WI); Tuesday, May 3: Eau Claire (Eau Claire, WI). Training Materials can be found below, under Resource Documents.