The Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) supports cross-system collaboration to improve 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 contact can occur because a crime was committed, or because law enforcement officers were first responders to a call for service involving a person with mental illness but in which no crime was committed. This program supports public safety and violence reduction through service partnerships that enhance and increase law enforcement responses to people with MI and CMISA.
The Bureau of Justice Assistance offers three specific categories for communities to access federal funding and technical assistance to develop solutions that will help address this problem:
Category 1 supports counties as they go through collaborative planning and implementation phases in improving their comprehensive response to people with mental illness that come into contact with the justice system.
Category 2 focuses on the interaction of law enforcement and people with mental illness. Applicants to this category generally are law enforcement agencies.
Category 3 invites projects from anywhere within the criminal justice system where that system may interact with people who have mental illness. Category 3 is a fairly wide open category of funding, and applicants range from agencies such as law enforcement, prosecution, courts, corrections, and parole and probation.
Eligible applicants are states, units of local government, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior). BJA will only accept applications that demonstrate that the proposed project will be administered jointly by an agency with responsibility for criminal or juvenile justice activities and a mental health agency.
Program Contact: (800) 518-4726