U.S. Department of Justice: Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program
The Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) supports cross-system collaboration to improve responses and outcomes for individuals with mental illnesses (MI) or co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse (CMISA) who come into contact with the justice system. This program supports officer and public safety and violence reduction through social service and other partnerships that will enhance and increase law enforcement responses to people with MI and CMISA.
There is a lack of effective community-based behavioral health crisis services which often causes law enforcement to be the de facto first responders to people in mental health crisis. In fact, law enforcement is often called for assistance and responds when no crime had been previously committed. A deficit in mental health crisis services and a lack of effective collaboration between criminal justice and mental health agencies cause a disproportionate number of people with mental illnesses to be arrested and placed in jails for longer than average stays. It also exposes law enforcement to potentially volatile circumstances.
This program offers three specific categories for communities to access federal funding and technical assistance to develop solutions that will help address this problem:
- Category 1: Collaborative County Approaches to Reducing the Prevalence of Individuals with Serious Mental Illnesses in Jails supports counties as they go through collaborative planning and implementation phases in improving their comprehensive response to people with mental illness that come into contact with the justice system.
- Category 2: Strategic Planning For Law Enforcement and Mental Health Collaboration focuses on the interaction of law enforcement and people with mental illness. Applicants to this category generally are law enforcement agencies.
- Category 3: Implementation and Expansion invites projects from anywhere within the criminal justice system where that system may interact with people who have mental illness. Category 3 is a fairly wide open category of funding, and applicants range from agencies such as law enforcement, prosecution, courts, corrections, and parole and probation.
Amount: Approximately $23,000,000 is available to make up to 57 awards. Awards amounts are dependent upon Category:
- Category 1: Collaborative County Approaches to Reducing the Prevalence of Individuals with Serious Mental Illnesses in Jails – Up to $300,000 for jurisdictions with populations fewer than 100,000, up to $400,000 for jurisdictions with populations between 100,000 and 499,999, and up to $500,000 for jurisdictions with populations of 500,000 or more. The project period is 24 months.
- Category 2: Strategic Planning For Law Enforcement and Mental Health Collaboration – Up to $100,000. The project period is 24 months.
- Category 3: Implementation and Expansion – Up to $750,000. The project period is 36 months.
Eligibility: States, units of local government, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments. 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.
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