The Byrne State Crisis Intervention Program (Byrne SCIP) provides funding for the creation and/or implementation of extreme risk protection order programs, state crisis intervention court proceedings, and related gun violence reduction programs/initiatives.
Wisconsin’s strategy for the FY2022-2023 Byrne SCIP funds will be set when the Crisis Intervention Advisory Board (CIAB) meets. The Wisconsin DOJ staff will convene a meeting of the CIAB in 2023 to outline the Byrne SCIP grant program, conduct research, outline priorities, and approve of a revised grant application which will be submitted to U.S. DOJ. Wisconsin is not a state that has an Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) law, nor are Wisconsin DOJ staff aware of a published evaluation of gun violence in the state so the Byrne SCIP initiative in Wisconsin will likely start with identifying relevant data and establish facts about gun violence in the state.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) publishes an Annual Wisconsin Death Report that includes information on homicides and suicides, and the agency also has a dashboard that “provides data on violent deaths that occurred in Wisconsin, based on the Wisconsin Violent Death Reporting System (WVDRS). WVDRS collects data from vital records (death certificates), medical examiner and coroner offices, and police agencies. "Violent deaths" in this reporting system include all suicide deaths, all homicide deaths, deaths of undetermined intent, deaths resulting from legal intervention, and deaths related to unintentional firearm injuries.” The data available from DHS may help the CIAB assess the nature of gun violence in the state, but Wisconsin DOJ anticipates that the first project conducted under the Byrne SCIP grant will be an evaluation which will help further identify sources of gun violence, locations of gun violence, and summarized information about perpetrators and victims. Once the evaluation is completed and shared with the CIAB, the board will be able to direct Wisconsin DOJ on how to prioritize funding for subgrants.