Greater Illinois Violence Prevention Technical Assistance Provider Listing

IDHS is accepting applications for Technical Assistance Providers. All Technical Assistance Providers MUST be an Illinois Organization and have experience working within communities in the State of Illinois. Subject to being approved by the Office of Firearm Violence Prevention, these Technical Assistance Providers are then selected by and will work directly with Violence Prevention Organizations listed in the eligible communities in Greater Illinois. All programming needs and the cost of said services will be between the organization and technical assistance provider.

Eligible municipalities in Greater Illinois:

  • Aurora
  • Belleville Cluster (Includes Belleville, East St. Louis, and Cahokia Heights)
  • Berwyn-Cicero Cluster
  • Calumet City Cluster (Includes Calumet City, Harvey, Dolton, Riverdale, South Holland, Markham, Lansing)
  • Chicago Heights Cluster (Includes Chicago Heights, Park Forest, and Sauk Village)
  • Danville
  • Decatur
  • Joliet
  • Kankakee
  • Maywood-Bellwood Cluster
  • Peoria
  • Rock Island
  • Rockford
  • Springfield
  • Urbana-Champaign Cluster
  • Waukegan-North Chicago Cluster
  1. Subject to the limitations outlined below and to the Technical Assistance Provider meeting the provider requirements, Violence Prevention Providers shall have complete authority to select among Technical Assistance Providers.
  2. Approved technical assistance providers shall:
    1. Provide training and certification to violence prevention professionals on how to perform violence prevention services and other professional development to violence prevention professionals;
    2. Provide management training on how to manage violence prevention professionals;
    3. Provide training and assistance on how to develop a memorandum of understanding for referral services or create approved provider lists for these referral services, or both;
    4. Share lessons learned among violence prevention professionals and service providers in their network;
    5. Provide technical assistance and training on human resources, grants management, capacity building, and fiscal management strategies;
    6. Provide additional services identified as necessary by the Office of Firearm Violence Prevention and service providers in their network; and
    7. Provide services in line with VP - TTAS NOFO 22-444-80-2771
  3. Approved Technical Assistance Providers will receive consultation fees up to $40,000 which will be provided through the Greater Illinois Violence Prevention Services Grantee. Those TTAS providers that exceed requirements as described in 22-444-80-2771, may request additional funding beyond $40,000.
  4. Reimagine Greater Illinois Violence Prevention Technical Assistance Responsibilities and Tasks include:
    1. Pre-Assessment- will gather key information about what the Reimagine Greater Illinois Violence Prevention Providers know and are able to do prior to instruction. The Technical Assistance provider will assess the Violence Prevention Provider's strengths, weaknesses, knowledge, and skills prior to offering training.
    2. Implementation Support (Hiring Panels, Data Review, Job Descriptions, etc.)- ensure that the software systems that they will utilize meet the technical needs of the agency. The Reimagine Greater Illinois Technical Assistance provider will customize the software needed for training according to the agency's needs and specifications.
    3. Violence Prevention training- The Reimagine Greater Illinois Technical Assistance Provider will provide Agencies with the education and tools to prevent, defuse, and deal with potential gun violence and to reduce the risk of gun violence in the Greater Illinois RPSA Communities. This training should include all three RPSA Violence Prevention Services Components:
      1. Victim Services
      2. Street Outreach
      3. Case Management
    4. Management training- The Reimagine Greater Illinois Technical Assistance provider will offer a professional training to members of the agencies so that they can develop the skills needed to become an effective leader.
      1. Industry Specific, to reflect the need for violence prevention in that community
      2. Organization Specific, tailored to reflect the unique needs of the agency.
    5. Booster training- The Reimagine Greater Illinois Technical Assistance provider will offer a tool to reinforce the knowledge to keep violence prevention strategies top of mind. These trainings will be used as a review to refresh a participant's:
      1. Knowledge
      2. Skills
      3. Attitudes around the key components
    6. Site visit- The Greater Illinois Technical Assistance provider agrees to accommodate site visits as requested by the Department and agrees that program and collaborating partners may attend.
    7. The Reimagine Greater Illinois Violence Prevention Technical Assistance provider will provide on-going technical assistance throughout the duration of the agreement.
    8. Technical Assistance is limited to communities funded by the Greater Illinois Violence Prevention Grantee

Criteria for Greater Illinois Violence Prevention Technical Assistance

Technical Assistance Providers can get listed by:

  1. Completing the Application
  2. Register in the Community Service Agreement (CSA) System Illinois CSA Tracking System
  3. Complete Fiscal Year 24 (FY24) Internal Control Questionnaire (ICQ)
  4. Must be Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA) prequalified IDHS: How to Get GATA Pre-Qualified (state.il.us)
  5. Submitting your Technical Assistance Proposal to the Office of Firearm Violence Prevention for approval prior to hiring them as a consultant. Proposal must include the following:
    1. Training Objectives
    2. Topics to be covered
      1. Street outreach
      2. Case Management
      3. Victim Services
    3. Number of Sessions
    4. A description of the Technical Assistance
    5. Frequency and Range of topics available
    6. If the sessions are in person or virtual
  6. Project staff including job descriptions
  7. Must include at least two references from prior clients with contact information for verification purposes
  8. Complete and sign the Conflict-of-Interest form
  9. Must have at least three or more years of verifiable proof of their Violence Prevention work. Indicate number of years providing:
    1. Violence Prevention Services
    2. Technical Assistance Services

To request an application, seek additional information or make inquiries please send an email to dhs.firearmviolenceprevention@illinois.gov.

List of current approved Training and Technical Assistance Providers in Greater Illinois

The Greater Illinois Training and Technical Assistance Providers (TTA) work directly with Violence Prevention Organizations listed in the eligible communities in Greater Illinois. Some of the services of the Greater Illinois TTA providers include:

  1. Provide training and certification to violence prevention professionals on how to perform violence prevention services and other professional development to violence prevention professionals;
  2. Provide management training on how to manage violence prevention professionals;
  3. Provide training and assistance on how to develop a memorandum of understanding for referral services or create approved provider lists for these referral services, or both;
  4. Share lessons learned among violence prevention professionals and service  providers in their network;
  5. Provide technical assistance and training on human resources, grants management, capacity building, and fiscal management strategies, and;
  6. Provide additional services identified as necessary by the Office of Firearm Violence Prevention and service providers in their network.

Current Approved TTA Providers for Greater Illinois:

Organization Contact Person Email Address
1. Acclivus Jada Smith jada.smith@acclivusinc.org
2. Project M.O.O.N. (Men Overseeing Our Neighborhood) Marcus Mitchell marcusmitchell74@yahoo.com
3. I&F Incorporated NFP Andre Thomas integretynfidelity@gmail.com
4. Violence Interrupters, Inc. Tio Hardiman tio_h@yahoo.com
5. Trajectory Changing Solutions (TCS), LLC Norman Kerr norman@trajectorychanging.com
6. McAllister Consultancy & Training LLC Marcus McAllister marcus@officalmct.com
7. Emmaus Consultancy LLC Kathryn Bocanegra kathryn.bocanegra@gmail.com
8. United Against Violence NFP Kenyatta Vaughn kvaughn35@gmail.com