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U.S. Department of Justice seeking Applications for Collaborative Mental Health and Anti-Recidivism Initiative

U.S. Department of Justice seeking Applications for Collaborative Mental Health and Anti-Recidivism Initiative

Deadline: 22 May 2020

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is seeking applications from state agencies to establish a collaborative anti-recidivism initiative to provide comprehensive care before, during, and after incarceration, with a goal of recidivism reduction, for individuals with serious mental illness. This program furthers the Department’s mission by providing support to state criminal justice agencies to partner with mental health agencies and other service agencies to reduce crime and recidivism associated with people with mental illness.

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This grant initiative seeks to enhance services for individuals with serious mental illness in prisons by developing a pilot program that will establish a comprehensive service delivery plan focusing on the therapeutic, educational, vocational, cognitive-behavioral, and other mental health treatment needs of prison inmates from intake or arrest through their probationary or parole periods.

Objectives and Deliverables

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BJA will make one award to pursue the following objectives:

Ensure that individuals with serious mental illness receive comprehensive care before, during, and after incarceration with a focus on recidivism reduction to include addressing their mental health and wellness needs, including addressing long-term assistance such as mental and health care in the community.
Assemble a team that has the authority to implement the required elements of the program, including the decision making authority to assess and effectively intervene with the target population.
The required deliverables are:

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A comprehensive project work plan that will inform development of the project that incorporates the pilot program objectives and meets the objectives.
Letters of commitment from external agencies or organizations that are expected to participate in the program, to the extent that letters of support are not already provided with the proposal.
Demonstration of executive support and commitment of agency resources to the program (e.g., the anticipated roles and level of involvement of agency leadership in the project).
A final analysis as part of the closeout report to BJA prior to the end of the grant based on the process, intervention, outcomes, and lessons learned.
The grantee may request technical assistance through BJA’s Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program.

Award Information

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The total budget must not exceed $1,000,000 for a 36-month project period. All expenses must be reasonable, allowable, and necessary to the project.

Eligibility Criteria

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The following entities are eligible to apply:
State agencies
For this solicitation, “state” means any state of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. (See 34 U.S.C. 10251.)
All recipients and subrecipients (including any for-profit organization) must forgo any profit or management fee.
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