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Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program

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Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 16.745
Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice
May 18, 2020

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This program provides funding for states, tribes, and local governments to plan, implement or expand a criminal justice and mental health collaboration program. This will allow for a comprehensive response for people with mental illness (MI) and and co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse (CMISA).

There are 3 purpose areas under the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program grant program.

  • Purpose Area 1: Embedding Clinicians in Law Enforcement Agencies - allows for social workers and/or mental health professionals to be placed in law enforcement agencies to assist officers during encounters with people in mental health crisis
  • Purpose Area 2: Support for Mental Health Centers - funds operational expenses for centers that provide assistance to those with severe mental health needs who are at risk of recidivism
  • Purpose Area 3: Mitigating Threats of Targeted Violence - funds may be used by state and local prosecutors and investigators to seek assistance from mental health professionals and threat assessment experts to identify and disrupt individuals who are mobilizing toward violence

Priority will be given to applications:

  • From federally recognized Tribes
  • That address specific challenges that rural communities face
  • That demonstrate that the individuals who are intended to benefit from the requested grant reside in high-poverty areas or persistent-poverty counties
  • That offer enhancements to public safety in economically distressed communities (Qualified Opportunity Zones)
  • For Purpose Area 1 that go to enhancing criminal justice and public safety

Eligible applicants include:

  • States
  • Units of local government
  • Federally recognized Tribes

Applicants must demonstrate the proposed project will be administered jointly by an agency with responsibility for criminal or juvenile justice activities and a mental health agency.

Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Award ceiling: $750,000
Project period: Up to 3 years
Estimated number of awards: 25
Estimated total program funding: $19,000,000

Application process

Links to the full announcement, application instructions, and the online application process are available through

Tagged as
Abuse and violence · Criminal justice system · Illicit drug use · Mental health · Networking and collaboration · Planning and strategy methods and resources · Prescription drug abuse · Substance abuse

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