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Grant Announcement for Federal Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program

March 25, 2016

A new round of grants has been announced that can help local jurisdictions deal with individuals with mental illness who come into contact with the criminal justice system.The US Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP) and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) are seeking applications for funding for the federal Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program. This program is aimed at increasing public safety through innovative cross-system collaboration.

Eligible applicants are limited to states, local government, federally recognized Indian tribes 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.

Below are the award categories:

Category 1: Collaborative County Approaches to Reducing the Prevalence of Individuals with Mental Disorders in Jail: Grantees will demonstrate a system wide coordinated approach to safely reduce the prevalence of individuals with mental disorders in local jails.

Category 2: Planning and Implementation: Grantees will design and implement targeted interventions to address the needs of individuals with mental disorders in the criminal justice system and improve public safety.

Category 3: Expansion: Grantees will expand upon or improve well-established collaboration strategies.

Applicants must register with Grants.gov prior to submitting an application. All applications are

due to be submitted and in receipt of a successful validation message in Grants.gov by 11:59

p.m. EST on May 17, 2016.

All applicants are encouraged to read this Important Notice: Applying for Grants in Grants.gov.

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