The U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is seeking applications for the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP), which supports innovative cross-system collaboration for individuals with mental illnesses and/or co-occurring mental illnesses and substance use disorders who come into contact with the justice system. BJA will prioritize applications from law enforcement agencies that demonstrate a collaborative project with mental health partners to plan, implement, or expand strategies that are tailored to the needs of people with mental illnesses.
Historically, JMHCP has funded individual programs, such as specialized law enforcement-based programs, diversion and alternative sentencing, correctional and community supervision services, and other programming. Although these individual programs have been vital to building capacity in communities and states across the nation, BJA is moving toward investing more in system-wide enhancements of county practices. Looking forward, the goal for JMHCP is to move from facilitating small-scale programming to systemic change in the way that justice systems do business, evolving and expanding county and state criminal justice systems’ routine business practices to include universal screening and assessment, enhanced comprehensive diversion programs, and appropriate program placement for treatment and supervision based on risk level and needs. More than a dozen counties received grant awards under this program last year.
There are three types of grants supported under the JMHCP grant program:
- Category 1: Collaborative County Approaches to Reducing the Prevalence of Individuals with Mental Disorders in Jail: Grantees awarded Category 1 awards will demonstrate a system-wide coordinated approach to safely reduce the prevalence of individuals with mental disorders in local jails. Grant amount up to $250,000 for 24 months.
- Category 2: Planning and Implementation: Grantees awarded Category 2 awards will design and implement targeted interventions to address the needs of individuals with mental disorders in the criminal justice system and improve public safety. Grant amount $250,000 for 36 months.
- Category 3: Expansion: Grantees awarded Category 3 awards will expand upon or improve well-established collaboration strategies. Grant amount $200,000 for 24 months.
Eligible applicants are limited to states, units of local government, federally recognized Indian tribes (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior), and tribal organizations. BJA will only accept applications that demonstrate that the proposed project will be administered jointly by an agency with responsibility for criminal or juvenile justice activities and a mental health agency. Only one agency is responsible for the submission of the application in Grants.gov. This lead agency must be a state agency, unit of local government, federally recognized Indian tribe, or tribal organization.
Applications are due May 17. Learn more and apply.
The Council of State Governments Justice Center and the Bureau of Justice Assistance are hosting a webinar for those interested in applying for these grants. Please register if you are interested.
- Title: FY2016 Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program Grant Application Assistance Webinar
- Date/Time: Wednesday, April 13, 2016 2:00 pm – 3:00pm
- Register: here.
If you have any questions, please contact Nastassia Walsh, NACo Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202.942.4289.
These grants are not related to the Stepping Up initiative, nor is county participation in Stepping Up a factor in determining grant awards or eligibility.