U.S. Department of Justice launches 2020 Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program

U.S. Department of Justice launches 2020 Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program

Deadline: 18 May 2020

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is seeking applications for the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program.

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This program furthers the Department’s mission by providing support to law enforcement and other criminal justice agencies to partner with mental health agencies and reduce crime and recidivism associated with people with mental illnesses.

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:

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Programs that 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.
Mental health courts or other court-based programs.
Programs that offer specialized training for public safety officials and mental health providers in order to respond appropriately to individuals with MI or CMISA.
Programs that support intergovernmental cooperation between state and local governments to address enhanced support to individuals with MI or CMISA.
Priority Areas

In FY 2020, and in addition to executing any OJP policy prioritization that may be applicable, priority consideration will be given to applications that:

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Promote effective strategies by law enforcement to identify and reduce the risk of harm to individuals with MI or CMISA and to public safety.
Promote effective strategies for identification and treatment of female offenders with MI and CMISA.
Promote effective strategies to expand the use of mental health courts and related services.
Propose interventions that have been shown by empirical evidence to reduce recidivism.
When appropriate, use validated assessment tools to target offenders with a moderate or high risk of recidivism and a need for treatment services.
Propose to establish a local working group (multidisciplinary threat assessment and threat management teams) comprised of law enforcement officials, prosecutors, mental health professionals, threat assessment professionals, intervention teams, subject matter experts, and community groups to detect and mitigate local threats of violence. These local working groups are strongly encouraged to consult with their local USAO and the FBI’s Field Division.
To receive priority consideration under any of these areas, applicants must identify, in the application abstract, each area for which priority consideration is being sought, and describe, in the program narrative, how the applicant will address each priority.

Funding Information

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Estimated Total Program Funding: $19,000,000;
Award Ceiling: $750,000;
Period of performance duration Up to 36 months.
Eligibility Criteria

The following entities are eligible to apply:

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States Governments;
Units of local government;
Federally recognized Indian tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior);
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;
All recipients and subrecipients (including any for-profit organization) must forgo any profit or management fee.
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