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New Consensus Project Website Launched
The Council of State Governments Justice Center has recently updated its Consensus Project website. Please visit the website today to learn more about their work related to criminal justice and mental health programs, including information on the BJA's Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program grantees.

FY 2020 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) Now Available

The FY 2020 CTAS opportunity provides federally recognized tribes and tribal consortia an opportunity to apply for funding to aid in developing a comprehensive and coordinated approach to public safety and victimization. View the solicitation, access frequently asked questions, and view additional resources. Apply by: February 25, 2020.

Funding Webinars – Participate and Access Materials

To assist potential applicants interested in applying for funding opportunities, BJA has hosted several solicitation-specific webinars as well as Grant Applicant Education Series webinars. Visit the BJA Funding Webinars page to learn about upcoming webinars and to access presentation files for and YouTube links to watch previously held webinars.

Breaking the Stigma of Law Enforcement Suicide

BJA has partnered with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) to launch the National Consortium on Preventing Law Enforcement Suicide, a groundbreaking new initiative to raise awareness of the systemic barriers to mental health and prevent deaths by suicide among law enforcement officers. Read more in the IACP blog post.

BJA Grant Applicant Education Series Webinars

BJA recently led a series of four educational webinars designed to assist potential applicants interested in applying for FY 2019 funding opportunities. Recordings of the webinars will soon be available to those who were unable to attend.

Justice Department Is Awarding Almost $320 Million to Combat Opioid Crisis

View a fact sheet to learn about the FY 2018 awards made for BJA-specific programs, including the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Program, Innovative Prosecution Solutions, Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program, and others.

Success Story Highlights JAG-Supported Efforts to Help Youth

Learn how Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) funding is being used to support services for at-risk youth in the recently posted Council of Thought and Action (COTA) Youth Success Story.

Navigating the Complexities of Mental Health Cases
Dates: 1/27/2020 - 1/29/2020
Location: San Diego, CA

From Resilience to Recovery
Dates: 6/11/2020 - 6/13/2020
Location: Washington, DC

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Front-End Diversion Initiative
A preadjudication diversion program designed to divert juveniles with mental health needs away from the juvenile justice system through specialized supervision and case management.

Taking Charge
A solution-focused, cognitive-behavioral brief group intervention designed to help pregnant and parenting female students stay in school.

Preventive Treatment Program
A prevention program aimed at disruptive kindergarten boys and their parents, with the goal of reducing short- and long-term antisocial behavior.

A juvenile court-based program designed to address the needs of juvenile offenders on probation who have emotional and behavioral disorders and the needs of their families. The approach is meant to be an integrated, seamless, coordinated system of care for children with mental health problems.

Spit Tobacco Intervention for Athletes
An education program about the dangers of addiction and long-term use of using spit (smokeless) tobacco. It is targeted at young male athletes—especially baseball players—who use or are at risk of using spit tobacco.

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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.

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.

Developing A Mental Health Court: An Interdisciplinary Curriculum, BJA-Sponsored, January 2013. This online curriculum is for individuals and teams seeking to start, maintain, or learn more about mental health courts.

Program Performance Report: Second Chance Act – Targeting Offenders with Co-occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Health Grant Program, July 2011-June 2012, BJA-Sponsored, 2013. This report highlights activities funded by the Second Chance Act – Targeting Offenders with Co-occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Health Grant Program for the July 2011-June 2012 reporting period.

Information Sharing in Criminal Justice-Mental Health Collaborations: Working with HIPAA and Other Privacy Laws, Bureau of Justice Assistance, 2010. This guide introduces how federal and state laws likely influence practitioners' responses, specifically in reference to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability act of 1996 (HIPPA) and other privacy laws.

Law Enforcement Responses to People with Mental Illnesses: A Guide to Research-Informed Policy and Practice, (NCJ 226965), Bureau of Justice Assistance, May 2009. This guide examines studies on law enforcement interactions with people with mental illnesses and translates the findings to help policymakers and practitioners develop safe and effective interventions.

Mental Health Courts: A Guide to Research-Informed Policy and Practice, (NCJ 228274), Bureau of Justice Assistance, September 2009. This guide helps policy makers and practitioners understand available research to better design, implement, and evaluate mental health courts.

Improving Responses to People With Mental Illnesses: Strategies for Effective Law Enforcement Training, (NCJ 224332), Bureau of Justice Assistance, 2008. This training resource guide synthesizes the key lessons learned by several jurisdictions that have developed training for police officers in managing people with mental illnesses.

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