Indiana FY22 Requirements for Secured School Safety Grant Applicants HEA 1225

Indiana School Safety Grant HEA 1225 (1)

What is HEA 1225

House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1225 provides that school corporations, charter schools, and accredited non-public schools with the sheriff for the county in which the school corporation, charter school, or accredited nonpublic school is located, may apply for a grant from the Indiana Secured School Fund to provide for the initial set up costs for an active event warning system. Additionally, HEA 1225 outlines what is required of an active event warning system.

HEA 1225 provides a one-time grant to school corporations, charter schools, and non-public schools who jointly apply for a Secured School Safety Grant through the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) with the county sheriff to provide initial set-up costs for an active event warning system. Sheriff departments may receive multiple grants.

Warning Systems Must Include:

  • Two phone application-based system that includes school officials as a sender within the system and law enforcement agencies as a receiver within the system;
  • An adjusted geofence to alert law enforcement agencies that are within a certain geographic location, including settings based on rural and urban locations, with an urban setting having a reduced geofence and a rural setting having a broader geofence;
  • The ability for students and the public to submit anonymous tips through a free reporting application;
  • The ability for information within the system to be interoperable with the 911;
  • The ability to display the school’s address and location on a map;
  • The ability to provide notifications during emergencies and non-emergencies;
  • The ability to call 911 automatically when the system is triggered; and
  • The ability to operate several individual school response plans.

    Applications for active event warning systems under the Secured School Safety grant must include:
  • Vendor name;
  • Name of the product;
  • Total cost for the initial set-up (this is the only amount that is reimbursable);
  • Total project cost;
  • Brief description of the warning system;
  • A brief overview of the implementation timeline;
  • Narrative budget summary; and
  • An explanation for requested funding if the applicant has been previously funded for the same project scope.

IDHS will include information about implementing universal electronic access to school property for law enforcement in all schools within each county, and access to closed-circuit cameras from a central location to be used in an emergency situation. More information on the active event warning system and the Secured School Safety Grant can be found in the Notice of Funding Opportunity published by IDHS found here.

This bill was authored by Representative Gregory Steuerwald and the full bill text can be found here.

Information regarding how to contact your legislators can be found here.

Grant Applicants HEA 1225

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security has opened the application period for the FY22 Secured School Safety Grant (SSSG), which has important legal requirements that become effective for all applicants this year.

Critical Elements

The application period for eligible expenses under the SSSG will begin early Summer 2021. To be eligible to apply for the grant, schools will have to certify two critical elements new in the application for this cycle:

  1. Has your school or corporation conducted a threat assessment to comply with
    Ind. Code 10-21-1-5(c)?
  2. Has your school or corporation completed a memorandum of understanding in
    place with a community mental health or behavior health center or does your
    school/corporation employ a certified or licensed provider pursuant to Ind. Code
    10-21-1-5(d)?

Indiana law requires the two above requirements must be met by July 1, 2021, to make an applicant eligible to apply for SSSG funding. Failure to meet these requirements will prevent a school from proceeding through the application process in IntelliGrants.  The exact language that will appear in the IntelliGrants application for the SSSG is featured below in this message.

In addition, Ind. Code 10-21-1-4(f) requires the county in which an applicant exists to have a county school safety commission. This commission requirement is not new and has been part of the program since SSSG first began awarding grants to Indiana schools in 2014. See Indiana Code explaining the requirements of a county school safety commission. 

Paying close attention to these and other existing eligibility requirements will help expedite the SSSG application and subsequent review processes.

Resources

Guidance documents and other necessary instructions to help apply to the Secured School Safety Grant Program can be found on the IDHS website. This includes the six (6) project-scope categories of eligible expenditures under the program guidelines.

In 2020, the Indiana Department of Education and the Family and Social Services Administration issued guidance to schools to help explain the eligibility requirements and provide tools to help schools ensure their eligibility. This includes a sample MOU with a mental health provider.

New Questions for the FY22 Application

  • Question 1:  Ind. Code 10-21-1-5(c) requires that before July 1, 2021, each school corporation, charter school or accredited nonpublic school shall certify to the department of homeland security that the school corporation, charter school, or accredited nonpublic school has conducted a threat assessment for each school building used by the school corporation, charter school, or accredited nonpublic school before applying for a grant under this chapter.

    Does the applicant (school corporation, charter school, or accredited nonpublic school) certify to the department of homeland security that it has conducted a threat assessment for each school building it uses, pursuant to Ind. Code 10-21-1-5(c)?

    If [YES], move on with the application.

    If [NO], the applicant may not move forward.
  • Question 2:  Ind. Code 10-21-1-5(d) requires that before July 1, 2021, each school corporation, charter school or accredited nonpublic school shall certify to the department of homeland security that the school corporation, charter school, or accredited nonpublic school has a memorandum of understanding in place with a community mental health center established under IC 12-29-2 or provider certified or licensed by the state to provide mental or behavioral health services to students before applying for a grant under this chapter. A provider described in this subsection may be employed by the school corporation, charter school, or accredited nonpublic school. 

    Does the applicant (school corporation, charter school, or accredited nonpublic school) certify to the department of homeland security that it has a memorandum of understanding in place or employs a certified or licensed provider pursuant to Ind. Code 10-21-1-5(d)?

    If [YES], move on with the application. 

    If [NO], the applicant may not move forward.

Background on SSSG

The Secured School Safety Grant is a matching, reimbursement grant for Indiana school corporations, accredited non-public schools, charter schools or a coalition of school corporations/charter schools applying jointly to address potential safety threats. Since awards were first issued in 2014, more than $91 million in state-funded grants have been dedicated to enhancing school safety in Indiana. 

IDHS Grants Management has compiled a frequently asked questions page to assist organizations regarding the Secured School Safety Grant. More information is available
online.

Visit the Indiana School Safety Hub for more information.
To submit a support ticket for IDHS grants or IntelliGrants, visit dhs.in.gov/grants.htm.

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ASR ALERT SYSTEMS AN ACTIVE WARNING SYSTEM APPROVED VENDOR FOR HEA 1225

Per the Indiana Sherriff’s Association, ASR Alert Systems has been named an approved vendor capable of meeting active warning system specifications laid out in HEA 1225. 

ASR Alert Systems is a patented state-of-the-art critical incident response technology specializing in the field of alert notifications to Law Enforcement and First Responders in the event of an active shooter or other crisis. Our technology can be customized to any industry, building, or event. We deliver customer-specific technology unmatched by anyone.  With the PUSH of A BUTTON, the life-saving critical information of your situation is sent DIRECTLY to police dispatch.  

NOTE:  When you call 911, you are generally reaching a call center who then has to call the local law enforcement department, who then has to communicate the situation to first responders.

The ASR system reaches dispatch and 911 simultaneously and also has the ability to text local officers on the ground - all at the same time, delivering all the information to everyone within seconds.  We hold the patent on this technology.

Our critical incident response technology uses hard-mounted buttons, mobile pendants, and an optional mobile phone application to DIRECTLY communicate with first responders in the area to significantly decrease response times to an active threat or crisis situation.  

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To help make active threat detection technology even more valuable for your organization, the ASR system can be integrated with other security-related systems including Video Management Systems (VMS),  Access Control Systems, Public Announcement (PAs), and Scrolling Board Platforms.  ASR can also be integrated into Law Enforcement Real-Time Crimes Centers (RTCC) and 911 Dispatch Computer Automated Dispatch (CAD) software. Having ASR as part of your organization's incident response plan is a value-added benefit.

Quotation Open  ASR’s President, Hector Delgado says, “Our system empowers everyone to notify local first responders, 911 dispatch, and all personnel within their facility in an active shooter/assailant situation with the simple push of a button. The notification pinpoints and provides the exact location of the threat. This not only helps police respond immediately with accurate information, but it also helps everyone involved to know where the threat is located so they can run away from the threat, not towards it. There is no question that the ASR Alert System can make a difference, we truly believe that saving time saves lives!”

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