Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Resources

Expert Help & Training

Center for Court Innovation

Provides training and technical assistance to organizations, groups, and individuals, including judges, attorneys, justice officials, community organizations, and others working to create a more fair, effective, and humane justice system. Offers hands-on support to help plan, implement, and evaluate new policies, programs, practices, and technologies to achieve systemic change, resulting in safer communities, reduced incarceration, and improved community perceptions of and relations with law enforcement and the justice system. Focuses on the following areas of reform: preventing crime, rethinking incarceration, strengthening families, engaging communities, improving decision-making, aiding survivors, and advancing fairness.

Sponsor: Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
National Gang Center (NGC)

Offers a variety of evidence-based resources, information, training, strategic tools, technical assistance, and expert help to communities facing severe and emerging gang problems. Assists with the development of comprehensive strategies to prevent gang involvement, reduce gang-related crime and violence, and improve public safety and well-being in urban, suburban, and rural communities across the nation.

Sponsors: Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)

Funding

Funding to address substance use disorders (SUDs) and related issues. List may include programs with a primary purpose other than addressing SUDs.

Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for State Prisoners Program (RSAT)

Funds community-based reintegration services for offenders re-entering society from incarceration. Supports the formation and execution of residential and jail-based programs to provide treatment for substance use disorder (SUD) and co-occurring mental health disorders (COD) in state, local, and tribal correctional and detention centers.

Application Deadline: Feb 16, 2021
Sponsor: Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
Second Chance Act Pay for Success Initiative

Provides funding to state, local, and tribal governments to contract with organizations to provide recovery housing and other reentry services for individuals leaving incarceration, with a specific focus on the needs of individuals with substance use disorders (SUD). Aims to increase public safety and lower recidivism rates by helping formerly incarcerated individuals successfully rejoin society. Services funded through this opportunity must be performance-based or outcome-based, making payment dependent upon reaching agreed upon goals.

Application Deadline: Feb 16, 2021
Sponsor: Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
Harold Rogers Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP)

Supports state and local efforts to plan, implement, and enhance prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMPs) in order to prevent the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs, such as opioids. Strengthens the ability of law enforcement and public health agencies to collect and analyze controlled substance prescription data and to track prescribing across providers and states by integrating PDMPs with electronic health records (EHRs), pharmacy dispensing software (PDS) systems, health information exchanges (HIEs), and other healthcare facilities and systems.

Application Deadline: Feb 19, 2021
Sponsor: Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
Adult Drug Court (ADC) and Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) Discretionary Grant Program

Provides funds to support new and existing adult drug courts (ADCs), veteran treatment courts (VTCs), and other drug courts by offering grants and technical assistance to states, state and local courts, units of local government, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments. Finances activities centered on preventing overdoses, reducing opioid and other substance abuse, and decreasing recidivism.

Application Deadline: Mar 3, 2021
Sponsor: Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
Innovations in Reentry Initiative: Building System Capacity and Testing Strategies to Reduce Recidivism

Supports state, local, and tribal jurisdictions with evaluating reentry systems for justice-involved individuals and helps build capacity by implementing or expanding reentry programs and enhancing service delivery. Aims to improve the overall quality of reentry systems in order to reduce violence and recidivism for a specific target population. Addresses barriers to successful reentry in the key areas of housing, education, and employment as well as screening, assessment, and referral to treatment for individuals with substance use disorder (SUD) and/or mental health disorders.

Application Deadline: Mar 16, 2021
Sponsor: Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
Second Chance Act Comprehensive Community-Based Reentry Program

Funds for nonprofit organizations and Indian tribes with a documented history of providing comprehensive, evidence-based reentry services to develop or expand comprehensive, evidence-based reentry services and programs. Aims to decrease recidivism and violence by offering case management and other services to help past offenders or previously incarcerated individuals successfully return to their communities, including small or rural communities.

Application Deadline: Mar 16, 2021
Sponsor: Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
Addressing Substance Use Disorders in America's Jails: Clinical Guidelines for Withdrawal Management Inactive

Provides funds to develop a set of clinical guidelines and protocols for the medical management of substance withdrawal in jails. Guides jail administrators, correctional officers, and jail-based clinicians in enacting policies and procedures to safely address issues related to substance withdrawal among the adult detainee population. Focuses on challenges such as rapid withdrawal from opioids, benzodiazepines, methamphetamines, and other substances; risk screening for opioid withdrawal-related suicide; medication maintenance for entering detainees; transitioning to buprenorphine treatment or detoxification; standards for dosage and administration of agonist medication, and other aspects of jail-based withdrawal management. Creates withdrawal guidelines and protocols informed by the best evidence-based clinical practices that are also responsive to the unique needs and challenges of providing care in a jail-based setting.

Application Deadline: Oct 28, 2020
Sponsor: Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program – Local Formula Solicitation Inactive

Provides formula grant funding to local governments to enhance the functioning of the criminal justice system, with a focus on efforts to address violent crime and serious offenders. Funds may be used for additional personnel, equipment, supplies, contractual support, training, technical assistance, and information systems to support activities that will help prevent, control, or reduce crime; enforce the criminal law; and strengthen the courts, corrections, probation, and parole authorities. Supports drug treatment, enforcement, prevention, and education programs.

Application Deadline: Aug 19, 2020
Sponsor: Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program (Coverdell program) - Competitive Inactive

Assists medical examiners and forensic pathologists in efficiently handling the immense need for autopsies that has resulted from opioid-related overdose deaths. Seeks to provide accelerated and improved forensic science and medical examiner/coroner services by funding expenses related to personnel, training, equipment, infrastructure, and more.

Application Deadline: Jun 19, 2020
Sponsor: Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
Paul Coverdell Forensic Science Improvement Grants Program (Coverdell Program) - Formula Inactive

Assists states in meeting the increased need for autopsies due to opioid-related overdose deaths by improving the quality and efficiency of forensic science and medical examiner/coroner services. Offers funding by formula to enhance personnel, training, equipment, infrastructure, and other components of forensic examination.

Application Deadline: Jun 19, 2020
Sponsor: Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
Strengthening the Medical Examiner-Coroner System Program Inactive

Enhances the work of medical examiners and coroners in the U.S. by providing funds to agencies accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduated Medical Education (ACGME) to recruit qualified applicants for fellowship programs. Improves medical and legal death investigation services by assisting medical examiner and coroner agencies actively seeking accreditation through an independent accrediting organization.

Application Deadline: Jun 15, 2020
Sponsor: Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Site-Based Program (COSSAP) Inactive

Aims to decrease opioid misuse and opioid-related overdose deaths by offering financial and technical assistance to state, local, and tribal government entities. Helps provide treatment and recovery services for individuals involved with the criminal justice system resulting from opioid, stimulant, or other substance use. Seeks to reduce crime impacts in rural and urban communities.

Application Deadline: Jun 5, 2020
Sponsor: Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) Inactive

Offers funds and technical assistance to states, local governments, and federally recognized Indian tribes to foster positive interactions between law enforcement and people with mental illness or co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse. Aims to establish a partnership among law enforcement and behavioral health professionals to promote improved responses and outcomes for people with mental illness or co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse who become involved with the criminal justice system.

Application Deadline: May 18, 2020
Sponsor: Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
Innovations in Supervision Initiative: Building Capacity to Create Safer Communities Inactive

Provides funding to community corrections agencies to build capacity and increase the effectiveness of probation and parole programs. Promotes best and evidence-based probation/parole practices, with the goal of increasing success rates for individuals under supervision and reducing rates of recidivism, helping to lower crime, victimization, prison/jail admissions, and taxpayer expense. Assists in the development, implementation, and testing of innovative tools and strategies to help predict violent recidivism and strengthen information sharing efforts. Facilitates collaboration between agencies and officials working in areas related to criminal justice and community corrections.

Application Deadline: Apr 28, 2020
Sponsor: Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
Improving Reentry for Adults with Substance Use Disorders Program Inactive

Enhances the ability of corrections systems to provide treatment and recovery services for people with substance use disorders (SUD) both during incarceration and reentry into society. Supports evidence-based SUD treatment services, including medication-assisted treatment, prison-based family treatment programs, screening and assessment for SUD, cognitive behavioral interventions, case management, and recovery support services. Seeks to reduce alcohol and substance use among offenders both while incarcerated and upon release, with the purpose of reducing recidivism, promoting recovery, improving public health and safety, and facilitating successful reentry into society.

Application Deadline: Apr 27, 2020
Sponsor: Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
Comprehensive Tribal Justice Systems Strategic Planning - Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) Purpose Area #2 Inactive

Funds to support strategic planning and development to improve tribal justice systems, public safety, and community wellness. Supports plans to address violent crime and illegal use of substances, including alcohol and opioids. Offers links to training and technical assistance providers to help communities and law enforcement provide services to victims of child abuse, domestic and/or dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Part of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS).

Application Deadline: Feb 25, 2020
Sponsors: Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), Office for Victims of Crimes (OVC), Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office), Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), Office of Violence Against Women (OVW)
Tribal Justice System Infrastructure Program (TJSIP) - Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) Purpose Area #4 Inactive

Funds to support the renovation and expansion of existing facilities or the development of prefabricated or permanent modular facilities for tribal justice systems. Supports infrastructure in locations that lack permanent or sufficient structures for staff, resident, and inmate safety and security issues. Seeks to reduce recidivism; promote staff training, health, and wellness; offer correctional alternative programs; implement domestic violence shelters and programs; and increase the functional capacity of facilities. Part of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS).

Application Deadline: Feb 25, 2020
Sponsor: Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
Tribal Justice Systems Program - Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) Purpose Area #3 Inactive

Funds to tribes to develop, support, and improve adult tribal justice systems. Seeks to support tribal and law enforcement efforts to prevent and reduce crime, including crime related to opioids, alcohol, stimulants, and other substance use. Part of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS).

Application Deadline: Feb 25, 2020
Sponsor: Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
Rural Response to the Opioid Epidemic Inactive

Funds for rural communities to prevent and reduce opioid overdose deaths among individuals who come into contact with law enforcement or are involved with the criminal justice system in high-risk rural communities and regions. Strengthens activities related to strategic planning, cross-sector collaboration, data collection, opioid prescribing, overdose prevention, linkage to opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment, and peer recovery support services.

Application Deadline: Jul 26, 2019
Sponsors: Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program (ODMAP) Statewide Expansion and Response Inactive

Funds for demonstration projects to support statewide adoption of the Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program (ODMAP) mobile tool. ODMAP helps states quickly track and analyze fatal and nonfatal opioid overdoses and the administration of naloxone by first responders. Works to establish coalitions in local communities to use ODMAP data to inform public health and safety interventions for specific geographic areas or populations at high risk for overdose.

Application Deadline: Jun 27, 2019
Sponsors: Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Information

Rural Sheriffs and Judges Workshop Highlights

Video recording sharing highlights from a December 13-14, 2018 workshop in Knoxville, Tennessee attended by rural sheriffs and judges. Workshop hosted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development and the Bureau of Justice Assistance to brainstorm ideas and discuss new methods to address the opioid crisis.

Sponsors: Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), USDA Rural Development (USDA RD)
Second Chance Act Grant Program

Provides an overview of the Second Change Act (SCA) grant programs that support state, local, and tribal governments and other nonprofit organization to reduce recidivism and improve outcomes for individuals who have been incarcerated.

Sponsor: Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)