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U.S. Department of Justice: Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program

Deadline: April 4, 2017

The Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) seeks to increase public safety by facilitating collaboration among the criminal justice, mental health, and substance abuse treatment systems to increase access to mental health and other treatment services for individuals with mental illnesses or co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders. The program encourages early intervention for these multisystem-involved individuals; maximizes diversion opportunities for multisystem-involved individuals with mental illnesses or co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders; promotes cross-training for justice and treatment professionals; and facilitates communication, collaboration, and the delivery of support services among justice professionals, treatment and related service providers, and governmental partners.

JMHCP specifically seeks to increase early identification and front-end diversion of people with mental health and co-occurring substance use disorders identified at early intercept points within the justice system. The program seeks to increase the number of justice, mental health, and community partnerships; increase evidence-based practices and treatment responses to people with behavioral health disorders in the justice system; and increase the collection of health and justice data to accurately respond to the prevalence of justice-involved people with mental health and co-occurring substance use disorders.

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 will demonstrate a systemwide coordinated approach to safely reduce the prevalence of individuals with mental disorders in local jails
  • Category 2: Strategic Planning for Law Enforcement and Mental Health Collaboration: Grantees will design their community’s law enforcement mental health collaboration strategy to improve responses to, and connections to services for, people with mental health and co-occurring disorders by conducting a comprehensive agency assessment of policy and practice, developing an agency training plan, building and maintaining a data collection system, and partnering with mental health and the community
  • Category 3: Implementation and Expansion: Grantees will implement targeted mental health and justice system interventions to address the needs of individuals with mental disorders or expand upon (or improve) well-established mental health and justice system collaboration strategies to address the needs of individuals with mental health disorders and to improve public safety

Amount: A total of $7,400,000 is available to make up to 78 awards. Awards will range as follows:

  • Category 1: A total of up to 10 awards, ranging up to $200,000 will be made. The project period is 24-months.
  • Category 2: A total of 40 awards, ranging up to $75,000 will be made. The project period is 12-months.
  • Category 3: A total of eight awards, ranging up to $300,000 will be made. The project period is 24-months.

There is a 20% cost share requirement.

Eligibility: States, units of local government, and federally recognized Indian tribes. Applications will only be accepted 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.

Link: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=291287

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