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Juvenile Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program


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Notice of Funding Opportunity (


Application Deadline: May 4, 2020


Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)


Seeks to increase public safety by supporting cross-system collaboration to improve responses and outcomes for youth with mental illness (MI) or co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse (CMISA who come into contact with the juvenile justice system.

Funding program requires a two-phase process consisting of planning and implementation activities. Applicants must submit one application that details the proposed activities for both phases to develop a coordinated approach to implement or enhance services for justice-involved youth with MI and CMISA.

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:

  • Mental health courts or other court-based programs serving youth
  • Programs that offer specialized training to officers, employees of a juvenile justice agency, and mental health personnel in order to better respond to youth with MI or CMISA
  • Programs that support the collaborative efforts of juvenile justice and mental health agencies to promote public safety by offering mental health treatment services and, where appropriate, substance use disorder treatment services, for youth with MI or CMISA
  • Programs that support intergovernmental cooperation between state and local governments to address enhanced support to youth with MI or CMISA

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling: $750,000
Project period: 36 months
Estimated number of awards: 6
Estimated total program funding: $5,000,000

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
  • Units of local government
  • Federally recognized Indian tribal governments

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

  • Promote effective strategies by law enforcement to identify and reduce risk of harm for youth with MI or CMISA
  • Promote effective strategies for identification and treatment of juvenile-involved female youth with MI and CMISA
  • Promote effective 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
  • When appropriate, use validated assessment tools to target justice-involved youth with a moderate or high risk of recidivism and a need for treatment services

Policy priority funding is given to applicants who propose to address challenges in rural communities, benefit individuals in high-poverty areas or persistent-poverty counties, and enhance public safety in economically distressed communities or Qualified Opportunity Zones. Priority is also given to applications from federally recognized tribes, and from a state or local government entity that operates at least one correctional facility seeking to enhance criminal justice and public safety by indicating agreement to comply with award conditions related to cooperation with federal law enforcement.

To receive a rural priority consideration, applicants must describe:

  • What makes the geographic service area rural using U.S. Census Bureau or other appropriate government data
  • How isolated that area is from needed services
  • How they will address specific public safety challenges in rural communities

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.

To receive a priority consideration for a Qualified Opportunity Zone, applicants must include information that specifies how the project will enhance public safety in a specified Qualified Opportunity Zone.

To receive a priority consideration for enhancing criminal justice and public safety through cooperation with federal law enforcement, applicants must sign and submit the certification provided in Appendix B.

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.

Applicant webinar recording
Applicant frequently asked questions


For programmatic and technical questions:
National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) 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 • Substance Use Disorder • Treatment • Youth