Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $312,158)
The goal of the National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP) is to improve the Nation's safety and security by enhancing the quality, completeness, and accessibility of criminal history record information and by insuring the nationwide implementation of criminal justice and noncriminal justice background check systems. BJS provides direct financial and technical assistance to the states to improve criminal history and other related records and to build their infrastructure to connect to national record check systems both to supply information and to conduct the requisite checks.
The North Carolina Department of Public Safety will transfer funds to the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts to use a team of one full time Business Systems Analyst and four part-time Business Systems Analysts to travel to the Clerks of Superior Court Offices to locate and enter mental health commitment cases for the ten years prior to the automated reporting date to NICS. This represents approximately 490,700 filings for the fiscal years 1998/99 through 2007/08. With the entry of the prior ten years history, sheriff's offices will have an automated source of information in NICS for the past 15 years for mental commitments in North Carolina. Having this data readily available will allow for quicker and more accurate background checks. CA/NCF