Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP)

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    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)


    The Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) supports cross-system collaboration to improve public safety 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 program supports public safety efforts through partnerships with social services and other organizations that will enhance responses to people with MI and CMISA.

    JMHCP offers grants to help entities prepare, create, or expand comprehensive plans to implement collaboration programs that target preliminarily qualified individuals and promote public safety and public health for people with MHDs and MHSUDs who come in contact with the justice system. Specifically, per the authorizing statute, grants awarded under this program shall be used to:

    • Enhance, expand, and operate mental health drop-off crisis stabilization treatment centers that provide 24/7 support for law enforcement, criminal justice agencies, and people who come in contact with the CJ system. These centers can provide, but are not limited to, the following services: screening and assessment, crisis care, residential treatment, assisted outpatient mental health treatment, primary healthcare services, telehealth, competency restoration, community transition, and other supports such as connections to housing.
    • Increase the community's workforce capacity for certified mental health peer support specialists and increase the availability of wraparound services to support people with MHDs or MHSUDs.
    • Build or expand capacity to identify, treat, and support the recovery of individuals at the intersection of justice and mental health at the state, tribal, and local levels. 
    • Build or expand existing justice and mental health collaboration programs across people and places at any point in the criminal justice system—such as jails, courts, and prosecutors—as well as community supervision and/or capacity building for criminal justice professionals to target individuals with MHDs (including people with TBI and PTSD) or MHSUDs at risk of recidivism. For law enforcement-focused projects, see the separate solicitation entitled Connect and Protect: Law Enforcement Behavioral Health Response Program.” 

    History of Funding

    Approximately $15,000,000 was available in FY 2022 for 27 awards. Awarded projects be seen here: https://bja.ojp.gov/funding/awards/list?field_award_status_value=All&state=All&field_funding_type_value=All&field_served_nationally_value=All&fiscal_year=2022&combine_awards=Justice+and+Mental+Health+Collaboration+Program&awardee=&city=#awards-awards-list-block-gkgdpm1ooymuyukj

    Additional Information

    In FY 2023, and in addition to executing any OJP policy prioritization that may be applicable, priority consideration will be given to applications that:

    • Promote effective strategies for identification and treatment of females with MHDs who are involved with the CJ system.
    • 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 identify and prioritize individuals with a moderate or high risk of recidivism and a need for treatment services.
    • Demonstrate and ensure that funds are used for public health and public safety.
    • Demonstrate active participation of co-applicants in administering the program.
    • Document, in whole or in part, that funds used for treatment of incarcerated populations will provide transition and reentry services for such individuals. 


    National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center

    National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center
    Bureau of Justice Assistance
    810 Seventh Street NW
    Washington, DC 20531
    (800) 851-3420
    (301) 240-5830

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants are states, units of local government, federally recognized Indian tribes, and public and state institutions of higher education. 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.

    Deadline Details

    Applicants are to submit the SF-424 and the SF-LLL in Grants.gov by March 21, 2023. The full application is to be submitted in JustGrants by March 28, 2023.

    Award Details

    Up to $17,000,000 is available in FY 2023. BJA expects to make up to 30 awards. Individual award amounts vary up to $550,000. Project period is up to 36 months beginning on October 1, 2023. This solicitation requires a 20 percent cash and/or in-kind match in years one (1) and two (2) and a 40 percent cash and/or in-kind match in year three (3).

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