Connect and Protect: Law Enforcement Behavioral Health Responses

  • Grants Office Grantwriting service fee is currently unavailable for this grant
    Get more information on grantwriting



    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)


    The Department of Justice is committed to advancing work that promotes civil rights, increases access to justice, supports crime victims, protects the public from crime and evolving threats, and builds trust between law enforcement and the community.

    The Connect and Protect: Law Enforcement Behavioral Health Response Program is part of the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP). It is designated to support law enforcement–behavioral health cross-system collaboration and to improve public safety responses and outcomes for individuals with mental illness (MI) or co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse (CMISA) who come into contact with the criminal justice system. BJA is seeking applicants to design or enhance a law enforcement–behavioral health response to people with MI and CMISA who come into contact with law enforcement due to their illness.

    The objectives of the program are to:

    • Design and adopt best practices in crisis response to assist law enforcement officers during encounters with people with MI and CMISA.
    • Plan and deliver a law enforcement agency response program—in coordination with a mental health agency advocacy, and services to improve or enhance the response.
    • Pay salaries, as well as other expenses such as training (overtime) and coordination activities, to design and implement a police–mental health collaboration program (PMHC).
    • Conduct an evaluation of the PMHC and community satisfaction.
    • Engage citizens through officer outreach and education to improve public safety.
    • Build positive community relations and trust through public communication strategies.
    • Enhance officer knowledge and skills in responding to community members with MI and CMISA.
    • Increase public safety agency capacity to develop and sustain the program by collecting data to inform practices, stakeholder groups, policy development, and ongoing professional development.

    History of Funding

    None is available.

    Additional Information

    In FY 2022, and in addition to the Priority Areas” above, priority consideration will be given to applications that:

    • Promote effective strategies by law enforcement to identify and reduce the risk of harm to individuals with MHDs or co-occurring MHSUDs who encounter law enforcement and improve public safety;
    • Promote effective strategies for the identification and treatment of females who have been incarcerated with MHDs or co-occurring MHSUDs;
    • Propose interventions that have been shown by empirical evidence to reduce recidivism. When appropriate, use validated assessment tools to target people who have been incarcerated with a moderate or high risk of recidivism and a need for treatment services. 

    Ineligible costs include:

    • Prizes, rewards, entertainment, trinkets, or any other monetary incentives;
    • Client stipends;
    • Gift cards;
    • Vehicle purchases;
    • Food and beverages.


    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 City or township governments, County governments, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), Public and State controlled institutions of higher education, State governments, and mental health agencies.

    Deadline Details

    Applicants are to submit SF-424 and the SF-LLL in by 8:59 PM EST on May 27, 2022. The full application will be submitted in JustGrants by 8:59 PM EST on June 1, 2022.

    Award Details

    Up to $15,000,000.00 is available in total funding for FY22. Awards amounts vary. Maximum award is $550,000. Approximately 27 awards will be granted. Project period is up to 36 months beginning on October 1, 2022. This solicitation requires a 20 percent cash and/or in-kind match in years 1 and 2, and a 40 percent cash and/or in-kind match in year 3.

    Related Webcasts Use the links below to view the recorded playback of these webcasts

    • New Funding Opportunities for K-12 School Safety - Sponsored by NetApp - Playback Available
    • Funding to Address High Crime Areas within Your Community - Sponsored by NetApp - Playback Available
    • Funding to Enhance Response, Investigation, and Prosecution of Domestic Violence - Sponsored by Panasonic - Playback Available


You have not selected any grants to Add

Please select at least one grant to continue.

Selections Added

The selected grant has been added to your .


Research Reports

One of the benefits of purchasing an UPstream® subscription is
generating professional research reports in Microsoft® Word or Adobe® PDF format
Generating research reports allows you to capture all the grant data as
well as a nice set of instructions on how to read these reports

Watchlists and Grant Progress

With an UPstream® subscription you can add grants to your
own personal Watchlist. By adding grants to your watchlist, you will
receive emails about updates to your grants, be able to track your
grant's progress from watching to awards, and can easily manage any
step in the process through simplified workflows.

Email this Grant

With an UPstream® subscription, you can email grant details, a research report,
and relevant links to yourself or others so that you never lose your
details again. Emailing grants is a great way to keep a copy of the
current details so that when you are ready to start seeking funding
you already know where to go