BJA's COVID-19 Detection and Mitigation in Confinement Facilities Training and Technical Assistance Center
COVID-19 remains a significant public health threat and confinement facilities must continue to take measures to limit the spread of the virus to protect incarcerated individuals, staff, and visitors.
This is why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working with the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) to operate the COVID-19 Detection and Mitigation in Confinement Facilities (CDMCF) Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Center.
The American Rescue Plan Act (2021) authorized the provision of federal funding to 64 state, territorial, and local government recipients through the CDC’s Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Prevention and Control of Emerging Infectious Diseases (ELC) cooperative agreement. The CDMCF program is intended to provide resources, training, and technical assistance support to those responsible for monitoring and detecting COVID-19 in confinement facilities consistent with criminal justice standards and practices.
Lessons from COVID-19 in Correctional Facilities
Correctional and detention facilities faced unique challenges detecting and mitigating COVID-19.
What did we learn from it?
JOIN A LISTENING SESSION focused on what worked well in correctional facilities, what did not work well, and opportunities for improvement in responding to similar future events. The session is hosted by Bureau of Justice Assistance’s (BJA) COVID-19 Detection and Mitigation in Confinement Facilities Training and Technical Assistance Center. The information from the listening sessions will inform a BJA report to be released in 2024 on lessons learned and recommendations for future pandemic response planning.
- Share your challenges and lessons learned around social distancing, isolation, quarantine, population reduction, staffing challenges, resource availability and constraints, and more.
- Learn from your correctional colleagues and stakeholders across the country.
Register for a Listening Session
Confinement Facilities Peer Groups
BJA’s CDMCF Training and Technical Assistance Center
The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) COVID-19 Detection and Mitigation in Confinement Facilities (CDMCF) Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Center provides support to jurisdictional health and corrections authorities in implementing COVID-19 detection and mitigation strategies in confinement facilities consistent with criminal justice standards and practices.
About BJA’s CDMCF TTA Provider
The CNA team, which includes the American Correctional Association (ACA), the American Jail Association (AJA), and the Correctional Leaders Association (CLA), works with funding recipients and confinement facilities to understand their needs and offer customized TTA solutions.
BJA’s CDMCF TTA Center provides access to resources and support on how to use the funding, including understanding allowable costs, strategies for engaging confinement facilities, and the sharing of best practices.
TTA is available to:
- ELC recipients and their jurisdictional corrections authorities
- State, territorial, local and private confinement facilities, regardless of whether they are receiving CDMCF funding
The TTA provider will provide access to information and support:
- Customized TTA action planning based on a needs assessment
- Guidance on using available funding
- Peer-to-peer collaboration and learning
- Webinars highlighting best practices, lessons learned, and other aspects of program implementation
- Curriculum development and training delivery (train-the-trainer)
- Development of detection and mitigation strategies and resources, as well as access to updated guidance, tools, and information
- Support with the development and tracking of performance measures to highlight the impact of your activities
- Access to a cadre of subject matter experts in correctional operations, correctional health care, curriculum development and training, corrections administration and public health
The CNA Team
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