Office of Justice Programs (OJP)

Frequently Asked Questions

Our jurisdiction has already completed an inventory of existing untested SAKs outside of the crime lab. Can we still apply for funding?

Yes. BJA created SAKI to meet the diverse needs of jurisdictions contending with untested SAK issues. Your application must propose to implement a comprehensive sexual assault response program plan that includes all three elements of the BJA model. Funds may be requested to support all three major elements if required, or, for specific and discrete elements as determined by the needs of your applicant’s jurisdiction. For example, funds may be used to support any or all of the following activities: the development of a multidisciplinary group, SAK testing and tracking, assistance with investigations, and enhanced victim services. Regardless of the use of funds proposed, applicants must ensure they still address all three of the model’s elements in their program plan.  In the case of a jurisdiction that has completed an inventory prior to applying for SAKI funding, they must provide certification of the completion of that process and results of the inventory as outlined in the solicitation. The application must also address the need for funds to support the remaining elements of the proposed project (e.g., testing, establishing/expanding multidisciplinary response, coordination and reform, or a combination therein), as well as how cases will be tracked throughout the project.

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