16.745: Criminal and Juvenile Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program
Alternate Name: JMHCP
Sept. 20, 2022
Sept. 20, 2022
The Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) supports cross-system collaboration to improve public safety 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 public safety efforts through partnerships with social services and other organizations that will enhance responses to people with Mental Illness (MI) and Co-occurring Mental Illness and Substance Abuse (CMISA). Objective: The Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program offers grants to help entities prepare comprehensive plans to implement collaboration programs that target qualified offenders and promote public safety and public health. Specifically, per the authorizing statute, grants awarded under this program shall be used to create or expand: 1. Support cooperative efforts by public safety officials and service providers (at any point in the system) to connect individuals with MI or CMISA with treatment and social services 2. Develop mental health courts or other court-based programs 3. Offer specialized training for public safety officials and mental health providers in order to respond appropriately to individuals with MI or CMIS 4. Support intergovernmental cooperation between state and local governments to address enhanced support to individuals with MI or CMISA Additionally, the Collaborative Crisis Response Training Program provides for transdisciplinary crisis response training to educate and prepare law enforcement and correctional officers so that they are equipped to appropriately interact with people who have mental illness, intellectual disabilities, or developmental disabilities in the course of completing their job responsibilities.
Type of Assistance
B - Project Grants
Applicants are limited to States, units of local government, Indian tribes, and tribal organizations. BJA will only accept joint applications; each application must include a mental health agency as well as a unit of government with responsibility for criminal justice activities.