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Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP)


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Application Deadline: Jun 22, 2021

Sponsoring Organization

Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)


Supports law enforcement and behavioral health provider partnerships to improve responses and outcomes for individuals with mental illnesses or co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse who come into contact with the justice system. Provides social services and other programs designed to improve interactions between law enforcement and those with mental illness (MI) or co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse (CMISA) in hopes of increasing the safety and and reducing violence.

Program objectives include:

  • Strengthen, expand, and operate mental health drop-off crisis stabilization treatment centers that can provide screening and assessment, crisis care, residential treatment, outpatient mental health treatment, primary care, and other services for people involved in the justice system
  • Build capacity in communities for mental health advocacy and wraparound services to support justice-involved individuals with severe mental illness
  • Offer programmatic support and capacity building for criminal justice professionals, such as jails, courts, and prosecutors, and for community supervision programs targeting individuals with severe mental health needs at risk of recidivism

Funds can be used to plan and implement activities to establish or expand:

  • Programs to support cooperation between justice system officials and service providers to help individuals with MI or CMISA by connecting them to treatment and social services
  • Mental health courts or other court-based programs
  • Specialized programs to train public safety officials and mental health providers in appropriate responses to individuals with MI or CMISA
  • Programs to enhance cooperation between state and local governments in order to better support individuals with MI or CMISA

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling: Up to $550,000
Project period: 36 months
Estimated number of awards: Up to 18
Estimated total program funding: $10,000,000

Applicants must provide matching funds for a portion of the project. Generally an award may not exceed 80% of the total project cost in years one and two. Awards may not exceed 60% of the total project cost in year three.

Who Can Apply

Eligible applicants include:

  • State and territorial governments
  • City, township, or county governments
  • Federally recognized Indian tribal governments
  • Public and state-controlled institutions of higher education
  • Mental health agencies

In order to be eligible, proposed projects must be administered jointly by an agency with responsibility for criminal or juvenile justice activities and a mental health agency.

Program-specific priority for funding is given to applicants who plan to:

  • Promote effective strategies by law enforcement to identify and reduce the risk of harm to individuals with MI or CMISA and to public safety
  • Promote effective strategies for identification and treatment of female offenders with MI and CMISA
  • Promote effective strategies to expand the use of mental health courts and related services
  • Propose interventions that have been shown by empirical evidence to reduce recidivism
  • Use validated assessment tools to target offenders with a moderate or high risk of recidivism and a need for treatment services as appropriate
  • Demonstrate that funds are used for public health and safety purposes, and projects include active participation of co-applicants
  • Demonstrate that funds used for incarcerated populations will provide transition and reentry services for participants

Policy priority funding is given to applicants who propose projects that will promote civil rights, increase access to justice, support crime victims, protect the public from crime and evolving threats, and build trust between law enforcement and the community.

To receive priority consideration, applicants must provide a sufficient narrative explanation describing how their project will advance work in one or more of the priority areas listed above.

Priority is also given to applicants who propose projects to benefit individuals in high-poverty areas or persistent-poverty counties.

To receive a poverty priority consideration, applicants must provide information to demonstrate that the individuals who are intended to benefit from the requested grant reside in high-poverty areas or persistent poverty counties.

For this funding opportunity, high-poverty areas are described as any census tract with a poverty rate of at least 20%, as measured by the 2013-2017 5-year data series from the American Community Survey. Persistent poverty counties are described as any county that has had 20% or more of its population living in poverty over the past 30 years, as measured by the 1990 and 2000 decennial censuses and the most recent Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates.

In fiscal year (FY) 2021, all state, local, and university and college law enforcement agencies must be certified by an approved independent credentialing body or have started the certification process in order to be eligible for grant funding.

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

Capacity Building • New Program • Operating Costs and Staffing • Training Providers

Application Process

Application instructions, requirements, and other information about the online application process can be found in the funding announcement.

In FY 2021, there is a new two-step application submission process. To be considered timely, the applicant must have received a validation message from the submission and the full application must be submitted in JustGrants by the respective deadlines.

  • Step 1: Applicants will submit an SF-424 and an SF-LLL in by the June 22, 2021 deadline.
  • Step 2: Applicants will submit the full application, including attachments, in the JustGrants grants management system by the July 6, 2021 deadline.

Applicant webinar recording and slides


For questions on submitting in

For questions on submitting in JustGrants:

For programmatic and technical questions:
National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center
TTY at 301-240-6310
Live chat

Rural Awards

Past awards communities received in FY 2020 are described on the program website.

Rural communities who have received funding include:

Topics This Program Addresses

Community Planning and Coalition Building • Community Supervision • Crime Reduction • Healthcare Workforce • Justice System • Mental Health • Social Services • Substance Use Disorder • Treatment • Violence, Trauma, and Abuse