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Deadline: April 14, 2015

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

The Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) is designed to increase public safety and improve access to effective treatment for people with mental disorders who are involved with the criminal justice system by facilitating collaboration among the criminal justice, juvenile justice, mental health treatment, and substance use systems. The program encourages early intervention for these multi system- involved individuals; maximizes diversion opportunities for multi system-involved individuals with mental illnesses or co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders; promotes 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.

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 plan and conduct a comprehensive, data-driven analysis of county criminal justice and behavioral health systems in order to identify strategies to safely reduce the prevalence of individuals with mental disorders in local jails.
  • 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. Projects may focus on law enforcement response; training for criminal justice, mental health, and substance abuse treatment personnel; access to community-based health services and coverage; community supervision strategies; diversion and alternative sentencing; or case management and direct services.
  • Category 3: Expansion: Grantees awarded Category 3 awards will expand upon or improve well-established collaboration strategies.

Priority consideration is given to applications that seek to address law enforcement response programs, include a partnership with a local research organization for evaluation purposes, and/or which promote effective strategies for identification and treatment of justice-involved females with mental illness or co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse disorders.

Amount: Up to 30 awards for a total of $7,000,000. Awards will range as follows:

  • Category 1: Up to $150,000 over a 24-month period.
  • Category 2: Up to $250,000 over a 36-month period.
  • Category 3: Up to $200,000 over a 24-month period.

There is a 20% cost share requirement.

Eligibility: States, units of local government, federally recognized Indian tribes (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior), and tribal organizations. 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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