Grant Opportunity for Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Programs

Federal criminal justice agencies have announced a grant opportunity for innovative local collaborations addressing individuals with mental illness that are impacted by the criminal justice system.

As announced by the Bureau of Justice Assistance:

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is seeking applications for funding for the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program. This program furthers the Department’s mission by increasing public safety through innovative cross-system collaboration for individuals with mental illness who come into contact with the criminal justice system.

Eligible applicants are limited to states, units of local government, federally recognized Indian tribes (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior), and tribal organizations. BJA will only accept applications that demonstrate that the proposed project will be administered jointly by an agency with responsibility for criminal or juvenile justice activities and a mental health agency. Only one agency is responsible for the submission of the application in This lead agency must be a state agency, unit of local government, federally recognized Indian tribe, or tribal organization.

Applicants must register with prior to submitting an application. All applications are due to be submitted and in receipt of a successful validation message in by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 17, 2016.

For more information read the full announcement from the Bureau of Justice Assistance.