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National Recovery Month (September)
National Recovery Month (Recovery Month) is a national observance that educates Americans on the fact that addiction treatment and mental health services can enable those with a mental and/or substance use disorder to live a healthy and rewarding life. The observance’s main focus is to laud the gains made by those in recovery from these conditions, just as we would those who are managing other health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, asthma, and heart disease. Recovery Month spreads the positive message that behavioral health is essential to overall health, prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can and do recover. Recovery Month, now in its 30th year, highlights individuals who have reclaimed their lives and are living happy and healthy lives in long-term recovery and also honors the prevention, treatment, and recovery service providers who make recovery possible. Recovery Month promotes the message that recovery in all its forms is possible, and also encourages citizens to take action to help expand and improve the availability of effective prevention, treatment, and recovery services for those in need.

Join BJA in celebrating the 30th anniversary of National Recovery Month. For more information on how to participate, visit the National Recovery Month website.

Stepping Up: A National Initiative to Reduce the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in Jails
See this resource for more information regarding who is leading this national initiative and ways to become involved.

See the Archives tab for past JMHCP solicitations.

Applicants are limited to states, units of local government, federally recognized Indian tribes, and tribal organizations. Each application must demonstrate that the proposed project will be administered jointly by a unit of government with responsibility for criminal or juvenile justice activities and a mental health agency.

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Effective Community Responses to People in Mental Health Crises: A National Curriculum for Law Enforcement Based on Best Practices from CIT Programs Nationwide
This course was developed to expand the reach of effective crisis intervention strategies to law enforcement agencies and to encourage the development of mental health community-law enforcement partnership teams throughout the United States. The curriculum contains 25 modules on various behavioral health and law enforcement topics with the flexibility to customize with special topics and local information. It includes an instructor guide, participant guide, slide deck, pre-course survey, post-course evaluation, certificate, and planning matrix. Leadership support and a dedicated coordinator can ensure long-term success. It is available at no cost to police agencies and mental health authorities.

Special Topics and Information To Customize Training Programs
Pathways to Justice®: A National Curriculum for Criminal Justice Professionals on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

This comprehensive, community-based training program provides critical information about people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) to three primary audiences: law enforcement, legal professionals, and victim service providers. Pathways gives law enforcement and supporting professionals the tools they need to effectively communicate with and serve people with I/DD. The curriculum contains six modules that cover: identification of disability, disability culture, effective communication, common interactions, accommodations and developing an action plan. Three of the modules are profession-specific and designed for Pathways’ target audiences. The training is customizable based on unique issues criminal justice and disability professionals/advocates want to address in their communities. Pathways is available at no cost to law enforcement agencies and district attorneys’ offices through the Serving Safely initiative.

Risk-Need-Responsivity 101: A Primer for SCA and JMHCP Grant Recipients
This webinar provides foundational knowledge on Risk-Need-Responsivity principles as well as guidance on understanding and implementing risk assessment tools as a way to direct resources and support recidivism-reduction strategies for criminal justice and social service agencies, practitioners, and policymakers.

Voices from the Field: Lessons Learned from Law Enforcement Mental Health Partnerships
Presenters discuss the unique challenges that law enforcement and mental health service providers face on college campuses, strategies for engaging campus stakeholders (e.g., students, faculty, administration and community residents), and information sharing. The webinar highlights two particularly successful learning sites, The University of Florida Police Department and the Madison Police Department (Wisconsin).

Traumatic Brain Injury in the Criminal Justice Population
This webinar discusses the prevalence of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and its implications for the criminal justice system. It also addresses the causes, consequences, and signs of TBI, as well as the relationship between TBI and co-occurring behavioral health disorders. Presenters share management strategies to improve responses and support services.

Technical Assistance Provider
The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center coordinates the training and technical assistance (TTA) for the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP)—a national effort to help local, state, and federal policymakers and criminal justice and mental health professionals improve responses to people with mental disorders involved in the criminal justice system. The CSG Justice Center provides TTA to facilitate planning, implementation, and expansion of collaborative initiatives. Both on- and off-site support is provided, including in-depth consultations with field experts and experienced practitioners, strategic planning assistance, and national training events and web-based seminars.

Resources available to grantees include: publications on a variety of topics across the criminal justice continuum, including law enforcement, courts, and community corrections; a monthly webinar series; and the National Criminal Justice Initiatives map—an inventory of communities across the country that have received federal investments to support initiatives relating to reentry and recidivism reduction.

Please visit the CSG Justice Center’s website for a number of resources, which include:

Mental Health Court and Law Enforcement Learning Sites
Since 2006, the CSG Justice Center has worked in partnership with BJA to identify and highlight agencies from across the country with comprehensive and successful criminal justice/mental health programs that are willing to share their expertise.

These “learning sites” serve as centers for peer-to-peer learning for other criminal justice and mental health agencies and organizations. To date, the CSG Justice Center and BJA have identified five mental health courts and six law enforcement agencies that use a range of effective responses to address the overrepresentation of people with mental disorders involved in their criminal justice systems. These sites have been chosen not only for their programmatic successes, but also for their ability to provide insight and guidance to other jurisdictions interested in starting or expanding a collaborative criminal justice/mental health effort. In 2015, the CSG Justice Center will identify a new group of mental health court programs to join the BJA mental health court learning site initiative.

Developing a Mental Health Court: An Interdisciplinary Curriculum
This free online multimedia curriculum is for individuals and teams seeking to start, maintain, or just learn about mental health courts. Developed by the CSG Justice Center with the support of BJA, it is the first single resource with the information teams need to translate current research on mental health courts into program design and operation.

National Technical Assistance Grant Training, Orientation, and Conference
All JMHCP grantees are required to attend an annual training and orientation event hosted by the CSG Justice Center. The goals of this conference are to:

  • Facilitate participants’ ability to achieve the objectives of their collaborative criminal justice/mental health initiatives,
  • Introduce attendees to best practices associated with positive public safety and public health outcomes for persons with mental disorders who are involved in the criminal justice system,
  • Provide the opportunity for grantees to meet peers working in other jurisdictions and to create national networks of professionals working to address the overrepresentation of persons with mental disorders in the criminal justice system, and
  • Offer in-person TTA from experts in the field.

Prior conference agendas, video, presentations, handouts, and other conference materials can be found here.

National Reentry Resource Center
Since its inception in 2009, the National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC) has served as the primary source of information and guidance in reentry, advancing the use of evidence-based practices and policies and creating a network of practitioners, researchers, and policymakers invested in reducing recidivism. The NRRC—established by the Second Chance Act—is administered by BJA and operated by the CSG Justice Center in partnership with the Urban Institute, the Association of State Correctional Administrators, the American Probation and Parole Association, the National Association of Counties, and the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy.

See the one pager about the NRRC to learn more.

What Works in Reentry Clearinghouse
The What Works in Reentry Clearinghouse is a “one-stop shop” for research on the effectiveness of a wide variety of reentry programs and practices across a number of focus areas, including mental health and substance use. It was developed for the NRRC by the CSG Justice Center and the Urban Institute, with funding provided by BJA through the Second Chance Act.

Maria Fryer
Policy Advisor

Justice & Mental Health Collaboration Program, This brief gives an overview of BJA's Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program which seeks to improve responses to people with mental illnesses who are involved in the criminal justice system. It provides an overview of annual BJA grant awards under the program and highlights how select agencies are using funds.

How to Reduce Repeat Encounters: A Brief for Law Enforcement Executives, This guide provides four steps to address the needs of the people law enforcement officers frequently encounter, known as high utilizers, while reducing their contact with the criminal justice system over time.

Program Brief: Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program, Bureau of Justice Assistance, August 2018. This program brief provides an overview of the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) which supports cross-system collaboration among law enforcement and behavioral health providers to improve responses and outcomes for people who have mental illnesses or co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse who come into contact with the justice system.

Fact Sheet: Overview of Law Enforcement-Mental Health Resources, Bureau of Justice Assistance, August 2018. This fact sheet provides an overview of the Law Enforcement-Mental Health Learning Sites, which were established in an effort to expand the knowledge base for law enforcement agencies interested in developing or enhancing a comprehensive police-mental health collaboration.

Resource List -- Justice and Mental Health Initiatives: Resources and Publications to Improve State and Local Systems in Cross-System Collaboration, Bureau of Justice Assistance, August 2018. This resource highlights BJA-funded online tools, publications, and resources intended to provide information on ways to improve the efforts of state and local systems to reduce recidivism and the number of people in correctional facilities who have behavioral health needs.

Performance Update: Justice and Mental Health Collaborative Grant Program Accomplishments, October 2011-December 2015, Bureau of Justice Assistance, February 2017. This resource provides background information about the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP), JMHCP funding levels, and program accomplishments for October 2011 to December 2015.

Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP): Promoting Innovative Cross-System Collaboration, Bureau of Justice Assistance, January 2017. This resource provides an overview of the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) and highlights how the JMHCP can help states, local governments, and federally recognized Indian tribes improve responses to and outcomes for individuals with mental illnesses or co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders who come into contact with the justice system.

Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) - Law Enforcement Grants: Promoting Police and Mental Health Collaborations, Bureau of Justice Assistance, January 2017. This resource provides an overview of the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) and highlights the new JMHCP track to support planning efforts that will launch or improve police and mental health collaborations with the goal of improving law enforcement responses to people experiencing mental health crises.

Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) Annual Report - Fiscal Year 2013, BJA-sponsored, September 2014. This report presents an overview of the grant activities of JMHCP grantees during FY 2013.

Adults with Behavioral Health Needs under Correctional Supervision: A Shared Framework for Reducing Recidivism and Promoting Recovery, This white paper presents a shared framework for reducing recidivism and behavioral health problems among individuals under correctional control or supervision—that is, for individuals in correctional facilities or who are on probation or parole. The paper is written for policymakers, administrators, and practitioners committed to making the most effective use of scarce resources to improve outcomes for individuals with behavioral health problems who are involved in the corrections system.

More BJA Publications

What are the reporting requirements under JMHCP?  Answer

Who can we call with questions or requests for assistance regarding the work of our JMHCP grant?  Answer

Will representatives of the Council of State Governments Justice Center visit our JMHCP site?  Answer

How can we learn more about different strategies for improving outcomes when people with mental illnesses come in contact with the criminal justice system?  Answer

What resources are available to help our community plan a mental health court or improve/expand upon an existing mental health court?  Answer

What lessons can we learn from established mental health courts?  Answer

How should we go about collecting data to determine how our mental health court is functioning?  Answer

We are working to improve collaboration between our corrections and mental health systems. How can administrators and their staff working in each system get on the same page about ways in which their collaboration can be strengthened?  Answer

What lessons can be learned from other states and counties where collaboration between the corrections and mental health systems has improved?  Answer

How can we be sure that we're accurately identifying individuals with mental illnesses entering our jail or prison?  Answer

How do we determine whether the services we offer individuals with mental disorders re-entering the community are effective?  Answer

How do I access my JMHCP funds?  Answer

How can we engage additional partners in our JMHCP planning effort?  Answer

As a JMHCP grantee, how can we learn from the experiences of other jurisdictions, especially other communities whose demographics (e.g., large urban area or rural jurisdiction) are similar to ours?  Answer

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Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program Grant Awards, FY 2006–2014, sorted by state

See ”Who are the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program grantees?” to view snapshots of previously funded grantees.

The Mental Health Webinars and Video page contains information about and links to archived criminal justice-mental health webinars. Also view the previously recorded BJA PMT Webinar Training, entering the following Recording Key when prompted: RJQ5KW.

Access the Mental Health Publications page for an archive of resources.



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