In his remarks, His Excellency Governor Pearce emphasised the need to drastically simplify delay-prone bureaucratic procedures and to break the cycle of chained consultancies on consultancies on consultancies. For example, “if you want to go on leave you fill in a form and then it has to go round about 10 people. By the time it eventually comes back to you to confirm you can go on leave you’re near retirement.” Likewise, “there are consultancy reports analyzing previous consultancies going back decades; and there’s a consultancy on every conceivable thing you can think of.” (The Governor’s remarks were picked up in news reports and have sparked a wider public discussion, as TMR has reported.) Premier Romeo then emphasised the ongoing, much needed shift to a more results-based expedited implementation of priority projects and programmes that consults with and is accountable to stakeholders. Including, voters. Ambassador Dr Soeknandan gave introductory remarks on the behalf of CARICOM. She pointed to the “implementation deficit disorder” and noted that CARICOM is not a third party in the region, we are Caricom. In July 2014 CARICOM adopted a five-year strategic plan aimed at economic growth, reducing environmental vulnerability, integration, better communication and equity for all. Resource Based Management (RBM) seeks to shift focus and assessments from activities (such as training) towards achieving strategic results. RBM is based on accountability for results, including to our taxpayers. Montserrat’s Premier Donaldson Romeo welcomes the CARICOM RBM delegation headed by CARICOM Secretariat’s Deputy Secretary-General Ambassador Manorma Soeknandan (2nd right) and including Director of CARICOM Secretariat’s Strategic Management Unit (right), as HE Governor Pearce looks on Mr. Craig Beresford, Director of CARICOM’s Strategic Management Unit, summarised the CARICOM Strategic Plan 2015 – 19. He noted that many stakeholders across the region do not feel the presence and benefits of CARICOM, pointing to communication/ awareness and effectiveness issues. Effects of the 2008 – 9 global economic crisis linger across the region. Environmental vulnerability can be seen from how the 2017 hurricane wiped out a year’s GDP for Dominica. Regional decision-making is weak and slow, e.g. a regional rights agreement took fourteen years to complete. The region is not short on plans, implementation is a key gap. Going forward a logical framework approach and a scorecard system will increase accountability. Consultant Mr. Evan Green then made a slide presentation on Results Based Management. RBM moves beyond the pattern of twenty years ago where the focus was on what was done rather than what was achieved. At that time, the number one progress indicator for many projects was “number of people trained,” and the number two indicator was “number of workshops held.” Instead, RBM emphasises accountability over delivering strategic results and benefits to stakeholders. RBM has thus become the preferred approach of International Development Partners (aka donor agencies), many states and Non-Government Organisations. Considered from a life cycle point of view, in RBM there is an outer loop of planning, monitoring and evaluation. (This loop is common to all management.) Stakeholder participation is at the pivot. The RMB cycle has five phases: 1] Vision-setting 2] Defining the results map and RBM framework 3] Planning for monitoring and evaluation 4] Implementation with monitoring 5] Managing that uses evaluation Results-based Management (RBM) also incorporates Project Cycle Management  and Management of Programmes of Action as components. It also makes use of logical framework  (“log frame”) tools and scorecards that track achievement of results. CARICOM is emphasising gender concerns in all of this process. The “log frame” project and programme planning approaches focus on inputs, activities, outputs, outcomes and long-term impacts on the economy, our society and our natural environment. There is also an emphasis on using open source information technology tools and on common standards. CARICOM’s top-level priorities are: 1] Economic: sustainable, resilient growth 2] Social: improved quality of life for all 3] Environmental: reduced vulnerability 4] Technology: innovative, ICT-enabled economies and society 5] CARICOM Identity/Community: an integrated community with equity for all 6] Governance: strengthening community governance 7] Co-ordinated International Relations: CARICOM is favourably positioned in the global community. In order to successfully implement RBM and achieve these results, capacity has to be built both in CARICOM and in member countries. Including, here in Montserrat. After the presentations, the session was opened up for a question and discussion period, as part of the needed stakeholder participation. Much of that discussion highlighted a communication deficit, so that people do not “feel” CARICOM’s presence and impacts. Indeed, some people who work with or use services of CARICOM agencies do not recognise that these bodies are CARICOM at work – “CARICOM” lacks brand recognition. Another concern was the tendency of international development partners to specifically exclude Overseas Territories such as Montserrat from funding on grounds that they should look to the UK or the like; though there are notable exceptions such as a recent fisheries project. Montserratian Officials pointed out that it is then a considerable challenge to negotiate line by line for replacement funding.Clearly, Results Based Management is a major CARICOM thrust. One, that calls us to work together to address our region’s implementation deficit disorder.  See: https://caricom.org/membership  See: http://baastel.com/  See Channel 5 Belize video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jffvweko7jM  See UN Handbook: https://www.un.cv/files/UNDG%20RBM%20Handbook.pdf  See TMR, Dec 14 2018, p. 1: https://www.themontserratreporter.com/development-stifled-and-public-service/  See https://www.caricom.org/STRATEGIC%20PLAN%202016_opt.pdf  See https://idscs.org.mk/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/WEB-Handbook-for-EU-Project-Design-and-Project-Cycle-Management-1.pdf, also: https://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/sites/devco/files/methodology-aid-delivery-methods-project-cycle-management-200403_en_2.pdf  See http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/783001468134383368/pdf/31240b0LFhandbook.pdf Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… May 10, 2018 CARICOM RBM sensitisation continues in Dominica Antigua and Barbuda to host results-focused Seminars Nov 27, 2018 You may be interested in… Jul 6, 2019 Jamaica to support the CARICOM Secretariat’s… Nov 29, 2018 St Kitts/Nevis gets Results-based Management sensitization Montserrat Reporter, Montserrat – CARICOM and its fifteen member states (including Montserrat) have long struggled with “implementation deficit disorder.” Such a region-wide problem has to be tackled on a regional basis, and CARICOM has set out to do just that. Accordingly, the fifteen member Caribbean regional body has undertaken a CDB-funded US$ 600,000 project with Baastel, a sustainable development oriented consultancy firm, in order to improve delivery of strategic results. Mr Evan Green (Baastel’s vice-president of Results Based Management [RBM] and disaster risk management), is therefore helping the region to create a “CARICOM Gender Sensitive Results-Based Management System.” This is why a four-member high level CARICOM delegation recently visited Montserrat as part of a regional series  of meetings and seminars on RBM. The delegation was led by Ambassador Dr Manorma Soeknandan, CARICOM’s Deputy Secretary General. The delegation was hosted through the Office of the Premier and held consultations with Government, Legislators, the Senior Civil Service and also with representatives of Civil Society on Monday, November 26th 2018. TMR was invited, and we now share our observations. Jamaican Officials engaged on CARICOM Results-Based Management SystemParliamentarians and senior public sector officials in Jamaica participated in day-two of the series of sensitization seminars on the CARICOM Results-Based Management (RBM) system, Wednesday. The session with Parliamentarians at the Houses of Parliament was addressed by Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign trade Kamina Johnson Smith. A separate engagement…August 16, 2018In “CARICOM at Work”CARICOM continues implementation of a harmonised Results-Based Management (RBM) System with visit to MontserratMontserrat on Monday hosted the latest in a regional series of sensitization seminars on the CARICOM Results-Based Management ((RBM) System. A team from the CARICOM Secretariat, led by Deputy Secretary-General Ambassador Manorma Soeknandan, visited the island to conduct the exercise. The RBM System, which promotes a more results-focused approach to…November 26, 2018In “CARICOM”CARICOM continues implementation of a harmonised Results-Based Management (RBM) System with focus on HaitiSensitisation seminars on the CARICOM Results-Based Management (RBM) System moved to Haiti on Wednesday following visits to other Member States. The RBM System, which promotes a more results-focused approach to programme and project management, is targeting a wide cross section of stakeholders including parliamentarians, Permanent Secretaries, International Development Partners, Regional…May 23, 2018In “General”Share this on WhatsApp
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Los Alamos County Housing and Special Project Manager Andrew Harnden, left, speaks to KRSN Chief Operating Officer David Sutton during the Community Development Advisory Board open house Monday night in Council Chambers. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com By KIRSTEN LASKEYLos Alamos Daily Post email@example.comTo get a clearer picture of what the public would like to see in the Los Alamos County’s code enforcement program, the Community Development Advisory Board (CDAB) hosted an open house Oct. 7.The purpose of the open house was to collect feedback on the nuisance ordinance of the County Code that addresses weeds, inoperable vehicles and outdoor storage of material.CDAB Chair Aaron Walker told the Los Alamos Daily Post that the board will “take the data to get a feel of what the community wants”.This is not the board’s first effort to collect public input. CDAB members also have canvassed neighborhoods throughout the County to gather public sentiment on the code enforcement program.So far, the response has been split 50-50 on whether to enforce the code more or less, Walker said.Walker said the effort to gather public input will continue. The board is considering hosting a discussion about the code enforcement program on the open forum page of the County’s website. Additionally, he said the goal is to collect input on the code enforcement program from 20 residents in 21 neighborhoods of Los Alamos County. Walker said the board set up the 21 areas to gather input from; it did not come from any formal County data.CDAB may be receiving some assistance in its work.During the Sept. 24 regular Los Alamos County Council meeting, County staff was directed to develop a proposal to hire a consultant who would work with the CDAB.Walker presented a report about the board’s work to the Council. During his presentation, Walker said CDAB needed some direction from Council on several items:Clarity on whether the code enforcement should be proactive- or complaint based;The type of recommendations Council wants and the form these recommendations should be made in;Direction on what is the vision and the goal for the code enforcement program. CDAB asked Council if the program’s purpose is to improve public safety, address aesthetics or increase property values; andMinor budget considerations for outreach and information gathering sessions the CDAB would hold regarding the County’s code enforcement program.Walker added that revising the entire County Code would be an enormous undertaking and the CDAB felt that three sections should be addressed: weeds, inoperable vehicles and outdoor storage.Council Chair Sara Scott suggested looking into hiring a consultant. She pointed out that Walker mentioned there is a need to do additional data collection in neighborhoods and have public engagement on a broader scale. She said Walker’s presentation highlighted the need for consistency and clarity in the code as well as its use of the vague, subjective language. The code changes and outside help might be useful to tackle the challenges the code presents, Scott said.“As I look at how to move forward … these are big challenges,” she said, “… there have been a lot of changes over the last years … that means the backdrop for code enforcement is evolving.”Hiring a consultant appealed to many on Council.Councilor Randall Ryti said, “I think getting some help would be good for the board.”Councilor Katrina Martin said she is not opposed to hiring a consultant; however, she said she wants to be sure the consultant would be focused on solutions and would be given a specific path to follow.Councilor James Robinson also voiced his support for a consultant but emphasized any recommendations presented to Council should come from the CDAB and not from the consultant.Walker said he could support partnering with a consultant as long as they work with the board and not independently of it. He said he opposed changing the board’s focus. All the work the board has done for the past year has been significant, he said. Walker further pointed out that the CDAB was formed due the public backlash regarding the code enforcement program.It would be a disservice, he said, if the board was turned into a steering committee. County Councilor Randall Ryti, second from left, meets Monday evening with the public during the CDAB open house. Photo by Kirsten Laskey/ladailypost.com
The LAHS RAPS Leadership Team. Courtesy photo By BONNIE GORDONLos Alamos Daily Postbjgordon@ladailypost.comThe Los Alamos High School Risk and Resiliency Assessment Project for Students (RAPS) Team Leaders and Natural Helpers led a Community Conversation to address the signs of sadness, self-harm and suicide in youth, Sept. 24 at UNM-Los Alamos and gave a presentation Oct. 3 to the Los Alamos Community Health Council.“The Community Conversation was designed to inform parents and community members about mental health concerns and offer practical tips and an opportunity for solution focused discussion about strategies and resources,” Healthy Schools Initiative Program Coordinator Kristine Coblentz told the Los Alamos Daily Post.The CHC presentation included scientific data, safety tips, protective factors, a summary of Los Alamos counseling staff resiliency activities and a demonstration of effective helping skills, Coblentz said. They handed out a resource sheet detailing suicide myths vs. facts, warning signs and behaviors, and ways to reach out for help including the Say Something Anonymous App, www.saysomething.net/ anonymous reporting app.The information was welcomed with great interest by CHC members since behavioral health is one of the priorities of the Health Council, she said. The Council is coordinated by Deni Fell of the Los Alamos County Social Services Department.“These student leadership groups are both interested in learning more about emerging issues, supporting their peers and making positive changes in their communities,” Coblentz said. “This is the most effective youth leadership development program I’ve ever worked with. Students learn to analyze data, organize meetings, work together and speak in public.”This is the third year RAPS has been in existence at the LAHS.“We want to start a team at the Middle School next year,” Coblentz said.“It’s the first time the students have analyzed their own data,” Coblentz said.To continue the discussion, students in LAHS health classes will be watching the recently released documentary “Screenagers the Next Chapter: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience”, which is about helping young people thrive in our screen and stress-filled world, Coblentz said.LAPS staff and community members will have opportunities to see the film as well and discuss solutions for navigating the digital world and dealing with the associated challenges. Screen time’s effect on adolescent sleep and the resulting mental health effects is just one of the issues discussed in the film, Coblentz said.A staff screening is set for 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17 in the Los Alamos High School Speech Theater. Parenting University will feature the film and a discussion Saturday Oct 19 at UNM-LA. Parenting University is a collaboration between the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB) and Los Alamos Public Schools. Parents can register at https://www.losalamosjjab.com/events.JJAB also sponsors Youth Mental Health First Aid Training. The next free class is Oct 30. Register at https://www.losalamosjjab.com/events.“It is so important that we build skills and comfort with supporting people who are experiencing a behavioral health challenge,” Coblentz said. “If someone you know is struggling emotionally or having a hard time, you can be the difference in getting them the help they need. It’s important to take care of yourself when you are supporting someone through a difficult time, as this may stir up difficult emotions. If it does, please reach out for support for yourself. If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 911.”LAPS RAPS Community Conversation InformationStrengthening Support: Addressing the signs of sadness, self-harm, and suicide Know the Myths vs. Facts – helping someone through a suicidal crisis can be lifesavingMyth #1“If someone is really suicidal, they are probably going to kill themselves at some point no matter what you do.” What we know to be true:Multiple studies have found that >90 percent of the most serious attempters do not go on to die by suicideMost people are suicidal for a short period of timeMyth #2“Asking a depressed person about suicide may put the idea in their head.” What we know to be true:Asking does not suggest suicide or make it more likelyOpen discussion is more likely to be experienced as relief than intrusionMyth #3“There’s no point in asking about suicidal thoughts … if someone is going to do it, they won’t tell you.” What we know to be true:Many will tell a clinician when asked, even if they would never volunteer this info Many people give some hints/ warnings to friends or familyMyth #4“Someone making suicidal threats won’t really do it, they are just looking for attention.” What we know to be true:Those who talk about or express thoughts about wanting to die are at risk 80 percent of people who die by suicide give some indication or warningMyth #5“If you stop someone from killing themselves one way, they’ll probably find another.” What we know to be true:Restricting access to lethal means has strong evidence as a suicide prevention strategyWarning Signs – Key SymptomsPSYCHOLOGICAL PAIN: Hurt, anguish, or misery in the mindSTRESS: Feeling of being pressured or overwhelmedAGITATION: Emotional urgency, feeling the need to take actionHOPELESS: Expectation that things will not get better no matter what NEGATIVE SELF-IMAGE: Disliking oneself, having feelings of low self-worthWarning Signs – Key BehaviorsIncreasing use of alcohol or drugsLooking for a way to end their lives, such as searching online for methodsWithdrawing from activities and/or isolating from family and friendsSleeping too much or too littleFatigue or agitationVisiting or calling people to say goodbyeGiving away prized possessionsAggression, irritability and/or recklessnessThis Information is from Columbia University and ASPYR (Alliance-building for Suicide Prevention & Youth Resilience).To learn more about RAPS, visit https://sites.google.com/laschools.net/laps-preventionprogram/lahs-raps-leaders.Resources:National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1.800.273.(TALK)8255 or text START to 741741New Mexico Crisis Line 1.855.662.7474, Warm Line 1.855-466.7100Use the Say Something Anonymous App to report a concern – https://www.saysomething.net/Download the app A Friend Asks from the Jason Foundation, which includes warning signs, how to help a friend, and how to get help now Members of LAHS Natural Helpers and RAPS Leadership team Oct. 3 presenting to the Community Health Council. 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Daily Postcard: View around noon Thursday on the way to Albuquerque showing a monster snow storm hovering over Los Alamos. Photo by Ken Hanson
Gwenie, 9, relaxes on her pillow Sunday afternoon at her home on Walnut Street. Gwenie is a member of the Sara and Anthony Clark family and she loves lifting spirits all over Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
STATE News:SANTA FE – New Mexico state health officials have announced this afternoon 180 additional positive tests for COVID-19.Los Alamos County has another new case bringing today’s total to 24 cases that have tested positive for COVID-19.Today’s update announces 2 additional death reported in New Mexico related to COVID-19.The New Mexico Department of Health reported today the most recent cases: 31 new cases in Bernalillo County10 new cases in Chaves County5 new cases in Curry County37 new cases in Doña Ana County18 new cases in Eddy County35 new cases in Lea County1 new case in Los Alamos County11 new cases in McKinley County1 new case in Otero County3 new cases in Quay County1 new case in Rio Arriba County1 new case in Roosevelt County4 new cases in Sandoval County5 new cases in San Juan County1 new case in San Miguel County3 new cases in Santa Fe County1 new case in Socorro County3 new cases in Taos County9 new cases in Valencia CountyThe 2 additional death in New Mexico reported today include:A male in his 70s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.A male in his 80s from McKinley County. The individual was hospitalized and had underlying conditions.The number of deaths of New Mexico residents related to COVID-19 is now 695.Previously reported numbers included three cases that have been identified as duplicates (one in Bernalillo County, one in McKinley County, one in Santa Fe County); three cases that were not lab confirmed (one in Lea County, one in Luna County, one in Socorro County); and one case in Lea County that has been identified as an out-of-state resident – these have now been corrected. Including the above newly reported cases, New Mexico has now had a total of 22,816 COVID-19 cases:Bernalillo County: 5,226Catron County: 5Chaves County: 485Cibola County: 371Colfax County: 18Curry County: 569Doña Ana County: 2,554Eddy County: 336Grant County: 71Guadalupe County: 32Harding County: 1Hidalgo County: 90Lea County: 863Lincoln County: 130Los Alamos County: 24Luna County: 254McKinley County: 4,077Mora County: 6Otero County: 204Quay County: 37Rio Arriba County: 319Roosevelt County: 168Sandoval County: 1,146San Juan County: 3,069San Miguel County: 46Santa Fe County: 660Sierra County: 32Socorro County: 75Taos County: 112Torrance County: 61Union County: 30Valencia County: 441County totals are subject to change upon further investigation and determination of residency of individuals positive for COVID-19.The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by federal agencies at the following facilities:Cibola County Correctional Center: 313Otero County Prison Facility: 280Otero County Processing Center: 159Torrance County Detention Facility: 44The Department of Health currently reports the following numbers of COVID-19 cases among individuals held by the New Mexico Corrections Department at the following facilities:Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Valencia County: 25Lea County Correctional Facility: 4Northeast New Mexico Correctional Facility in Union County: 1Northwest New Mexico Correctional Center in Cibola County: 1Otero County Prison Facility: 472Penitentiary of New Mexico in Santa Fe County: 1Western New Mexico Correctional Facility in Cibola County: 4As of today, there are 119 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19. This number may include individuals who tested positive for COVID-19 out of state but are currently hospitalized in New Mexico. This number does not include New Mexicans who tested positive for COVID-19 and may have been transferred to a hospital out of state.As of today, there are 9,744 COVID-19 cases designated as having recovered by the New Mexico Department of Health.The Department of Health has identified at least one positive COVID-19 case in residents and/or staff in the past 28 days at the following long-term care facilities:Albuquerque Heights Healthcare and Rehabilitation CenterBear Canyon Rehabilitation Center in AlbuquerqueBeeHive Homes of Farmington in FarmingtonBelen Meadows Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in BelenBonney Family Home in GallupBrookdale Santa Fe in Santa FeCamino Healthcare in AlbuquerqueCasa Arena Blanca Nursing Center in AlamogordoCasa Contenta Assisted Living in Rio RanchoCasa de Oro Center in Las CrucesCasa de Sunview in AlbuquerqueCasa Real in Santa FeClayton Nursing and Rehabilitation in ClaytonDesert Springs Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in HobbsFort Bayard Medical Center in Santa ClaraGoodLife Senior Living in CarlsbadGood Samaritan Society Las Cruces in Las CrucesGood Samaritan Society Socorro in SocorroHeartfelt Manor in RoswellLadera Center in AlbuquerqueLakeview Christian Home in CarlsbadLas Palomas Center in AlbuquerqueLife Care Center of Farmington in FarmingtonLife Spire Assisted Living in AlbuquerqueLittle Sisters of the Poor in GallupLovington Healthcare in LovingtonMcKinley Care Center in GallupThe Meadows Home at the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute in Las VegasMission Arch Center in RoswellMontebello on Academy in AlbuquerqueMorningStar Assisted Living & Memory Care in Rio RanchoThe Neighborhood in Rio RanchoNew Mexico State Veterans’ Home in Truth or ConsequencesNorth Ridge Alzheimer’s Special Care Center in AlbuquerquePrinceton Place in AlbuquerqueRavenna Assisted Living in AlbuquerqueRed Rocks Care Center in GallupRetirement Ranches in ClovisRetreat Healthcare in Rio RanchoThe Rio at Las Estancias in AlbuquerqueRio Rancho Center in Rio RanchoSaint Anthony Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in ClovisSagecrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Las CrucesSandia Ridge Center in AlbuquerqueSombrillo Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Los AlamosSierra Health Care Center, Inc. in Truth or Consequences Sierra Hills Assisted Living in Truth or ConsequencesSierra Springs Assisted Living in Los LunasSpanish Trails Rehabilitation Suites in AlbuquerqueSunset Villa Care Center in RoswellWelbrook Senior Living Las Cruces in Las CrucesWheatfields Senior Living in ClovisWhite Sands Healthcare in HobbsThe Woodmark at Uptown in AlbuquerqueThe Department of Health has detected community spread in the state of New Mexico and is investigating cases with no known exposure. The agency reports that given the infectious nature of the virus it is likely other residents are infected but yet to be tested or confirmed positive. To that end, all New Mexicans have been instructed to stay home except for outings absolutely necessary for health, safety and welfare. These additional restrictions have been enacted to aggressively minimize person-to-person contact and ensure spread is mitigated. New Mexicans are strongly urged to limit travel to only what is necessary for health, safety and welfare.The New Mexico Department of Health has active investigations into the positive patients, which includes contact-tracing and swabs of symptomatic individuals who have had contact with the positive cases.Every New Mexican must work together to stem the spread of COVID-19. Stay home, especially if you are sick. Wear a mask or face covering when in public and around others.New Mexicans who report symptoms of COVID-19 infection, such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, and/or loss of taste or smell should call their health care provider or the NMDOH COVID-19 hotline immediately (1-855-600-3453).The Department of Health strongly encourages the following groups to get tested:Symptomatic people displaying the COVID-19 symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, and/or loss of taste or smell;Asymptomatic people who are close contacts or household members of people in their infectious period who have already tested positive for the coronavirus;Asymptomatic people who live or work in congregate settings such as long-term care facilities and group homes; andPatients who are scheduled for surgery and whose provider has advised them to get tested before the procedure.New Mexicans who have non-health-related questions or concerns can also call 833-551-0518 or visit newmexico.gov, which is being updated regularly as a one-stop source for information for families, workers and others affected by and seeking more information about COVID-19.
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DOJ News:WASHINGTON, D.C. — Office of Justice Programs Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Katharine T. Sullivan has announced awards of more than $45 million to help law enforcement agencies and crime labs process sexual assault evidence and increase the number of sexual assault kits submitted to crime labs in order to solve more crimes, including cold cases.OJP’s Bureau of Justice Assistance made 36 grants to support the National Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI), an effort to strengthen jurisdictions’ capacity to act on evidence resulting from rape kits, and three grants to the Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence ‒ Inventory, Tracking and Reporting (SAFE-ITR) program.“Far too many people endure the physical and emotional trauma of a sexual assault only to have evidence of the crime remain unanalyzed,” Sullivan said. “These grants will help investigators get these kits to labs, where they can be tested, used to solve crimes and ultimately bring justice to victims.”With this year’s funding, SAKI has committed more than $238 million to 70 sites across 44 states. As of December 2019, SAKI sites had uploaded 20,005 eligible DNA profiles to the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System (CODIS), where the profiles have found 9,892 matches to offenders and additional crimes, including long-standing cold cases. From 2016, SAFE ‒ ITR has distributed 19 awards valued at nearly $8 million. “We are committed to supporting the SAKI and SAFE ‒ ITR programs, which empower law enforcement to identify and remove rapists from our streets through the analysis of critical forensic evidence,” Acting BJA Director Kendel Ehrlich said. “These grants will help state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies reduce the number of unsubmitted sexual assault kits, expand their capacity for handling forensic evidence in the future, resolve more sexual assault cases and bring a measure of justice to victims of sexual assault.” For a complete list of individual grant programs, amounts, and the jurisdictions that will receive funding, click here. Additional information about Fiscal Year 2020 grant awards made by the Office of Justice Programs can be found online at the OJP Awards Data webpage.
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