Through this opportunity, the Bureau of Justice Assistance seeks applications for funding to support cross-system collaboration to improve public safety responses and outcomes for individuals with mental health disorders or co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders who come into contact with the justice system.
JMHCP specifically funds collaborative programs to reduce justice involvement and improve outcomes for individuals with MHDs or MHSUDs who have come into contact with the criminal justice system or are leaving a custodial setting. Program activities include:
- connecting individuals with MHDs or MHSUDs with treatment and social services through crisis stabilization units and pre-arrest diversion,
- creating or expanding mental health courts or other court-based approaches to preliminarily qualidfed individuals,
- increasing prosecutor- or defense-led diversion strategies,
- developing supported employment for people with behavioral health needs,
- utilizing specialized caseloads for probation,
- cross-system training of public safety officials and mental health providers, and
- increasing intergovernmental cooperation between state and local governments to support individuals with MHDs or MHSUDs.
Review the full solicitation here.
Eligible Applicants: City or township governments, County governments, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), Public and State controlled institutions of higher education, Special district governments, State governments, Other
The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) will only accept applications that demonstrate the proposed project will be administered jointly by an agency with responsibility for criminal or juvenile justice activities and a mental health agency.
There are two steps to submitting an application. The first is on grants.gov, by May 27, 2022 at 8:59pm EST. The second is through DOJ's JustGrants System, with a deadline of June 1, 2022 at 8:59pm EST.
DOJ Application Submission Checklist
Office of Justice Programs Response Center: 800-851-3420; firstname.lastname@example.org