Court Personnel Training

The DDPC announces funding to select one grantee in the amount of up to $300,000 ($100,000 per year for 3 years) to create, pilot, and evaluate customizable training for Judges, attorneys, court officers, court clerks, and other non-judicial staff and legal system professionals about intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD) and factors leading to involvement in the juvenile justice and criminal justice systems to increase staff knowledge to more effectively respond to the needs of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD) are more vulnerable in the criminal justice system than individuals without disabilities due to a lack of understanding around due process and other fundamental legal rights afforded to victims, witnesses, suspects, defendants, and incarcerated individuals (AAIDD, 2018, Criminal Justice System). According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, in 2012, about 2 out every 10 prisoners and 4 out of every 10 jail inmates reported having a cognitive disability (BJS, 2012, Criminal Justice 3).

Additionally, research on available training for judges, non-judicial staff and legal system professionals (prosecutors, defense attorneys) has identified that disability training for this audience is typically limited in focus and does not adequately address the topic of developmental disabilities or how justice system professionals can most effectively address the needs of individuals with ID/DD involved in the justice system.

Through this Court Personnel Training initiative, the DDPC is seeking to increase available training, knowledge and awareness about the needs of those with ID/DD in the justice system, and to build overall systems capacity to work with and screen for individuals with ID/DD who become justice-involved.

Deadlines for Letter-of-Intent Submission & Proposal Submission:

  • RFP Posting Date:                    Wednesday, September 5, 2018
  • Letter of Intent Due Date:       Friday, September 28, 2018
  • Proposal Due Date:                  Friday, October 19, 2018


Contact Person:                               Kimberly Berg