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Youth Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program


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Application Deadline: Jun 18, 2024


Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)


Provides grant funding to increase public safety by supporting cross-system collaboration to improve responses and outcomes for youth under age 18 with mental health disorders (MHD) or co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders (MHSUDs) who come into contact with the juvenile justice system.

The program requires a 2-phase process consisting of planning and implementation activities. Applicants must submit 1 application that details the proposed activities for both phases to develop a coordinated approach to implement or enhance services for justice-involved youth with MHD and MHSUD.

Phase 1 - Planning: Allows 4 to 6 months and up to $50,000 of grant funds to identify specific planning activities to support the implementation of the proposed program

Phase 2 - Implementation: Upon Phase 1 completion and approval, the remaining funds can be spent on implementation activities

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

  • Connect youth with MHDs or MHSUDs to treatment and social services through support for the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, including case management, crisis stabilization units, and pre-arrest diversion
  • Support specialized caseloads for probation
  • Offer specialized training to law enforcement officers and mental health personnel to better respond to youth with MHDs or MHSUDs
  • Support the collaborative efforts of youth justice and mental health agencies to promote public safety by offering mental health treatment services for youth with MHDs or MHSUDs
  • Support intergovernmental cooperation between state and local governments to address enhanced support to youth with MHDs or MHSUDs
  • Promote and provide mental health treatment and transitional services for youth incarcerated or for transitional re-entry programs for youth released from any penal or correctional institution
  • Support, administer, or develop treatment capacity and increase access to mental healthcare and substance use disorder services for youth in the community

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling: $650,000
Project period: 36 months
Estimated number of awards: 6
Estimated total program funding: $4,000,000

Applicants are required to provide cash or in-kind matching funds for at least 20% of the total project costs for years 1 and 2, and 40% of the total projects costs in year 3.

Who Can Apply

Eligible applicants include:

  • States
  • City, township, county, and special district governments
  • Federally recognized Native American tribal governments
  • Public- and state-controlled institutions of higher education

Agencies with a different legal status, such as nonprofit or for-profit mental health agencies, must be designated by the state mental health authority to provide services as a unit of the state or local government and provide documentation to support this designation

Applicants must demonstrate that the proposed project will be administered jointly by a mental health agency and an agency with responsibility for youth justice activities, such as a mental health court.

Priority consideration is given to proposals designed to meaningfully advance equity and remove barriers to accessing services and opportunities for communities that have been historically underserved, marginalized, adversely affected by inequality, and disproportionately impacted by crime, violence, and victimization.

Additional program-specific priorities for this opportunity include:

  • Promote strategies by law enforcement to identify and reduce risk of harm to youth with MHDs or MHSUDs
  • Promote strategies to identify and treat justice-involved female youth with MHDs or MHSUDs
  • Promote strategies to expand the use of mental health courts, including use of pretrial services and related treatment programs for justice-involved youth
  • Propose interventions that have been shown by empirical evidence to reduce recidivism
  • Use validated assessment tools when appropriate to target justice-involved youth with a moderate or high risk of recidivism and a need for treatment services
  • Demonstrate active participation of co-applicants in administering the program
  • Demonstrate and ensure that funds are used for public health and public safety
  • Document that a portion of funds is used for treatment of incarcerated youth that will support continuity of care services during transition and reentry

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

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

Application Process

Application instructions, requirements, and other information can be found in the funding announcement.

Applications must be submitted electronically through a 2-step process:

  • Step 1: Applicants will submit an SF-424 and an SF-LLL in by the June 18, 2024 deadline.
  • Step 2: Applicants will submit the full application, including attachments, in the JustGrants grants management system by the July 2, 2024 deadline.

Applicant webinar recording


For questions on submitting in

For questions on submitting in JustGrants:

For programmatic and technical questions:
Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Response Center
TTY at 301-240-6310

Topics This Program Addresses

Community Planning and Coalition Building • Community Supervision • Crime Reduction • Healthcare Workforce • Justice System • Mental Health • Social Services • Substance Use Disorder • Suicide and Suicide Prevention • Treatment • Youth