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The Idaho Council on Domestic Violence and Victim Assistance funds, promotes, and supports quality services to victims of crime throughout Idaho.
Pursuant to Idaho Code 39-5201, the Idaho Council on Domestic Violence and Victim Assistance shall be the advisory body for programs and services affecting victims of domestic violence and other crimes in Idaho.
Negotiated Rulemaking in Process
Currently the Council Administrative Rules are found in IDAPA 16.05.04, Idaho Council on Domestic Violence and Victim Assistance Grant Funding and the rules define the application process, eligibility determination, and other requirements for the grants administered by ICDVVA.
The rules regarding how the grant funds are distributed throughout the state are outdated (no substantial revision since adoption, prior to 1990) and need to be revised to ensure grant funds can be spent where most needed. Currently, the rules make no connection between demand and need for services and fund distribution. Sections 022, 023 and 024 relating to distribution of VOCA (Victim of Crime Act) and FVPSA (Family Violence Prevention Services Act) and State Domestic Violence Project Grants (pursuant to I.C. 39-5212) funds need to be revisited.
Goals of Negotiated Rulemaking
The rules will be simplified, shortened and streamlined to remove unnecessary portions, but the primary focus of revision and stakeholder meetings is to re-evaluate the portions of the rules which allocate the grant funding streams administered by the Council. Public and stakeholder comment and discussion is requested as the Council is seeking to ensure that the way grant funds are distributed throughout the State is fair, transparent, directs funds where they are most needed, and ensures the availability of victim services in both rural and urban areas of the state with services available throughout Idaho. ICDVVA is seeking to have new rules in place in July of 2023. ICDVVA is hopeful that through discussion and stakeholder collaboration, a consensus on distribution rules can be reached through this negotiated rulemaking process. In the event that a consensus on rule changes for grant distribution cannot be reached, ICDVVA will make the final determination on the language of the proposed rule, which will go before the legislature in 2023.
Stakeholder Meetings and Opportunities for Comment
There will be four (4) stakeholder meetings via Zoom, to allow statewide participation:
Nov. 16, 2021: 10am-12pm MST via Zoom:
Dec. 16, 2021: 1pm-3pm MST via Zoom:
Feb. 15, 2022: 2pm-4pm MST via Zoom:
April 21, 2022: 10am-2pm MST via Zoom:
Participants will be required to sign in at the meetings (to comply with statutory recordkeeping requirements) and the sessions will be recorded. Any requests for accommodation must be made in writing at least 5 days prior to the scheduled meeting (please make any requests as soon as possible). Written comments on the rules may also be submitted to email@example.com before or after the meeting. Public comments will be accepted until April 22, 2022 at 5pm MST. Meeting dates will be posted on the Council website at https://icdv.idaho.gov/.
It is anticipated the Council will act on recommended revised rules as an action item on the April 29, 2022 and/or July 21, 2022 Council Meeting. (Council meetings are public with agendas and information posted on the Council website).