Overview The Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) supports innovative cross-system collaboration for individuals with mental illnesses or co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders who come into contact with the justice system. BJA is seeking applications that demonstrate a collaborative project between criminal justice and mental health partners from eligible applicants to plan, implement, or expand a justice and mental health collaboration program. This program is authorized by the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act of 2004 (MIOTCRA) (Pub. L. 108-414) and the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Reauthorization and Improvement Act of 2008 (Pub. L. 110-416). Program-Specific Information JMHCP seeks to increase public safety by facilitating collaboration among the criminal justice and mental health and substance abuse treatment systems to increase access to mental health and other treatment services for individuals with mental illnesses or co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders. The program encourages early intervention for these multisystem-involved individuals; maximizes diversion opportunities for multisystem-involved individuals with mental illnesses or co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders; promotes training for justice and treatment professionals; and facilitates communication, collaboration, and the delivery of support services among justice professionals, treatment and related service providers, and governmental partners. Allowable Uses for Grant Funds There are three types of grants supported under the JMHCP grant program:
Stepping Up: A National Initiative to Reduce the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in JailsSee 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.
EligibilityApplicants 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.
Webinars:Risk-Need-Responsivity 101: A Primer for SCA and JMHCP Grant RecipientsThis 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 PartnershipsPresenters 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 PopulationThis 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 ProviderThe 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 SitesSince 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 CurriculumThis 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 ConferenceAll 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:
Prior conference agendas, video, presentations, handouts, and other conference materials can be found here.National Reentry Resource CenterSince 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 ClearinghouseThe 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.
American Probation and Parole Association (APPA)
American Psychiatric Foundation (APF)
Annie E. Casey Foundation
Association of State Correctional Administrators
Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
Center for Juvenile Justice Reform
Council of State Governments Justice Center
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMPHD)
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice
National Institute of Corrections (NIC)
National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
National Reentry Resource Center
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
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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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