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Mental Health Court Evaluation Released

The Urban Institute has released an evaluation, Criminal Justice Interventions for Offenders With Mental Illness, that shows that participants in two New York City mental health courts are significantly less likely to re-offend than similar offenders whose cases are handled in the traditional court system.


Statewide Law Enforcement/Mental Health Efforts Publication Released

The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center has released Statewide Law Enforcement/Mental Health Efforts: Strategies to Support and Sustain Local Initiatives. This BJA-supported report examines how states have developed structures and standards to make police encounters with people with mental illnesses safer for all involved and to produce better mental health and criminal justice system outcomes. The report offers a starting point for policymakers, practitioners, and others interested in planning or enhancing a statewide initiative that will support such local-level specialized policing responses as crisis intervention and law enforcement/mental health co-response teams. Read the press release.


Mental Health Court Curriculum Now Available

With BJA support, the Council of State Governments Justice Center has launched Developing a Mental Health Court: An Interdisciplinary Curriculum, a free, online multimedia resource with the information teams need to plan, implement, sustain, or simply learn about mental health courts based on research and best practices from the field.


New Release: Improving Outcomes for People with Mental Illnesses

The Council of State Governments Justice Center, with support from BJA, has released Improving Outcomes for People with Mental Illnesses Involved with New York City’s Criminal Court and Correction Systems.


Justice and Health Connect Web Site Launched

With support from BJA, the Vera Institute of Justice launched the Justice and Health Connect (JH Connect) web site, www.jhconnect.org. JH Connect provides a series of resources, with the aim of increasing agencies’ abilities to share data between community health and justice systems in a confidential, legal, and ethical way. The goal is to better serve people with behavioral and other health needs who come into contact with justice systems. Read more.


Learn About Developing a Mental Health Court

"Developing a Mental Health Court: An Interdisciplinary Curriculum," developed by the Council of State Governments Justice Center with support from BJA, is a free multimedia curriculum with the information teams need to plan, implement, sustain, or simply learn about mental health courts based on research and best practices from the field. It is a crucial one-stop resource for judges, behavioral health treatment providers, court managers, judicial educators, probation officers, and many others.


Stepping Up: A National Initiative to Reduce the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in Jails
See this resource for more information regarding who is leading this national initiative and ways to become involved.

Sen. Al Franken and U.S. Rep. Doug Collins Introduce MIOTCRA Reauthorization Bill
The Comprehensive Justice and Mental Health Act would improve outcomes for the criminal justice system, the mental health system, and for those with mental health conditions by extending the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act, authorizing investments in veterans treatment courts, increasing focus on corrections-based programs, and developing training for federal law enforcement officers in how to respond appropriately to incidents involving a person with a mental health condition, among other provisions.

President’s FY 2016 Budget Recommends Continued Funding for Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program
President Obama unveiled his nearly $4 trillion budget proposal for 2016, which includes a budget request of $14 million for JMHCP and a total of $1.14 billion allocated for state and local law enforcement assistance.

Congress Funds Key Criminal Justice Programs for FY15
Congress passed the fiscal year 2015 Omnibus Appropriations bill, which will fund the government through Sept. 30, 2015. The omnibus includes funding for Department of Justice programs at $26.7 billion, of which $8.5 million is allotted for JMHCP.

Minnesota Crisis Intervention Team Training Program Receives International Recognition
MN DOC formally adopted CIT in 2011 and was the first state prison system in the United States to introduce the program system-wide. The agency received a Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program grant in 2013 to further support its implementation.

BJA Director Delivers Statement at Senate Hearing on Law Enforcement Responses to Americans with Mental Illnesses and Disabilities
Director Denise O’Donnell of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance delivered statements about the department’s support for evidence-based practices and promising interventions for individuals with mental illnesses and/or disabilities who are involved with the justice system.

The FY 2015 JMHCP solicitation has closed. Please check back in early 2016 or subscribe to BJA’s newsletter Justice Today to receive updates on the next solicitation. See the Archives tab for past JMHCP solicitations.

Eligibility
Applicants are limited to states, units of local government, federally recognized Indian tribes, and tribal organizations. Each application must demonstrate that the proposed project will be administered jointly by a unit of government with responsibility for criminal or juvenile justice activities and a mental health agency.

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Webinars:
NEW! Responding to the 2015 JMHCP Grant Program (Law Enforcement Priority)
In this webinar, BJA representatives provide an overview of the JMHCP solicitation, explain the law enforcement priority consideration, discuss eligibility and application materials, and lead a question and answer session.

Risk-Need-Responsivity 101: A Primer for SCA and JMHCP Grant Recipients
This webinar provides foundational knowledge on Risk-Need-Responsivity principles as well as guidance on understanding and implementing risk assessment tools as a way to direct resources and support recidivism-reduction strategies for criminal justice and social service agencies, practitioners, and policymakers.

Voices from the Field: Lessons Learned from Law Enforcement Mental Health Partnerships
Presenters discuss the unique challenges that law enforcement and mental health service providers face on college campuses, strategies for engaging campus stakeholders (e.g., students, faculty, administration and community residents), and information sharing. The webinar highlights two particularly successful learning sites, The University of Florida Police Department and the Madison Police Department (Wisconsin).

Traumatic Brain Injury in the Criminal Justice Population
This webinar discusses the prevalence of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and its implications for the criminal justice system. It also addresses the causes, consequences, and signs of TBI, as well as the relationship between TBI and co-occurring behavioral health disorders. Presenters share management strategies to improve responses and support services.

Technical Assistance Provider
The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center coordinates the training and technical assistance (TTA) for the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP)—a national effort to help local, state, and federal policymakers and criminal justice and mental health professionals improve responses to people with mental disorders involved in the criminal justice system. The CSG Justice Center provides TTA to facilitate planning, implementation, and expansion of collaborative initiatives. Both on- and off-site support is provided, including in-depth consultations with field experts and experienced practitioners, strategic planning assistance, and national training events and web-based seminars.

Resources available to grantees include: publications on a variety of topics across the criminal justice continuum, including law enforcement, courts, and community corrections; a monthly webinar series; and the National Criminal Justice Initiatives map—an inventory of communities across the country that have received federal investments to support initiatives relating to reentry and recidivism reduction.

Please visit the CSG Justice Center’s website for a number of resources, which include:

Mental Health Court and Law Enforcement Learning Sites
Since 2006, the CSG Justice Center has worked in partnership with BJA to identify and highlight agencies from across the country with comprehensive and successful criminal justice/mental health programs that are willing to share their expertise.

These “learning sites” serve as centers for peer-to-peer learning for other criminal justice and mental health agencies and organizations. To date, the CSG Justice Center and BJA have identified five mental health courts and six law enforcement agencies that use a range of effective responses to address the overrepresentation of people with mental disorders involved in their criminal justice systems. These sites have been chosen not only for their programmatic successes, but also for their ability to provide insight and guidance to other jurisdictions interested in starting or expanding a collaborative criminal justice/mental health effort. In 2015, the CSG Justice Center will identify a new group of mental health court programs to join the BJA mental health court learning site initiative.

Developing a Mental Health Court: An Interdisciplinary Curriculum
This free online multimedia curriculum is for individuals and teams seeking to start, maintain, or just learn about mental health courts. Developed by the CSG Justice Center with the support of BJA, it is the first single resource with the information teams need to translate current research on mental health courts into program design and operation.

National Technical Assistance Grant Training, Orientation, and Conference
All JMHCP grantees are required to attend an annual training and orientation event hosted by the CSG Justice Center. The goals of this conference are to:

  • Facilitate participants’ ability to achieve the objectives of their collaborative criminal justice/mental health initiatives,
  • Introduce attendees to best practices associated with positive public safety and public health outcomes for persons with mental disorders who are involved in the criminal justice system,
  • Provide the opportunity for grantees to meet peers working in other jurisdictions and to create national networks of professionals working to address the overrepresentation of persons with mental disorders in the criminal justice system, and
  • Offer in-person TTA from experts in the field.

Prior conference agendas, video, presentations, handouts, and other conference materials can be found here.

National Reentry Resource Center
Since its inception in 2009, the National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC) has served as the primary source of information and guidance in reentry, advancing the use of evidence-based practices and policies and creating a network of practitioners, researchers, and policymakers invested in reducing recidivism. The NRRC—established by the Second Chance Act—is administered by BJA and operated by the CSG Justice Center in partnership with the Urban Institute, the Association of State Correctional Administrators, the American Probation and Parole Association, the National Association of Counties, and the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy.

See the one pager about the NRRC to learn more.

What Works in Reentry Clearinghouse
The What Works in Reentry Clearinghouse is a “one-stop shop” for research on the effectiveness of a wide variety of reentry programs and practices across a number of focus areas, including mental health and substance use. It was developed for the NRRC by the CSG Justice Center and the Urban Institute, with funding provided by BJA through the Second Chance Act.

Maria Fryer
Justice Systems/Corrections Policy Advisor
202-305-9235
E-mail: maria.fryer@ojp.usdoj.gov

Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program, BJA-Sponsored, November 2012. This fact sheet highlights BJA's Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP), which was created to help states, local government, Indian tribes, and tribal organizations improve responses to people with mental illnesses who are involved with the criminal justice system.
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Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) Annual Report - Fiscal Year 2013, BJA-sponsored, September 2014. This report presents an overview of the grant activities of JMHCP grantees during FY 2013.
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Adults with Behavioral Health Needs under Correctional Supervision: A Shared Framework for Reducing Recidivism and Promoting Recovery, This white paper presents a shared framework for reducing recidivism and behavioral health problems among individuals under correctional control or supervision—that is, for individuals in correctional facilities or who are on probation or parole. The paper is written for policymakers, administrators, and practitioners committed to making the most effective use of scarce resources to improve outcomes for individuals with behavioral health problems who are involved in the corrections system.
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Criminal Justice Interventions for Offenders with Mental Illness: Evaluation of Mental Health Courts in Bronx and Brooklyn, New York, (NCJ 238265)National Institute of Justice-Sponsored. This report presents the findings and methodology of the evaluation of mental health courts (MHCs) in Bronx and Brooklyn (New York City).
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Information Sharing in Criminal Justice-Mental Health Collaborations: Working with HIPAA and Other Privacy Laws, (NCJ 232102), Bureau of Justice Assistance, 2010. This guide addresses barriers to cross-systems information sharing while complying with legal privacy mandates. It describes how HIPAA and 42 CFR Part 2 (privacy regulations related to substance use treatment) may affect exchanges among behavioral health care, law enforcement, courts, jail and prison, and probation and parole professionals. It reviews the circumstances under which protected health information can be released and received, and offers answers to scenario-based frequently asked questions.
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Improving Responses to People With Mental Illnesses: The Essential Elements of a Specialized Law Enforcement–Based Program, (NCJ 223343), Bureau of Justice Assistance, Martha Plotkin, Melissa Reuland, Matt Schwarzfeld, the Council of State Governments Justice Center, August 2008. This publication identifies 10 key components found in any successful law enforcement initiative to provide better outcomes in officers’ encounters with individuals with mental illnesses. And discusses how the elements can help guide individuals in communities that are interested in developing a law enforcement-based program or improving the organization and functions of an existing program.
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Improving Responses to People With Mental Illnesses: Strategies for Effective Law Enforcement Training, (NCJ 224332), Bureau of Justice Assistance, 2008. This training resource guide synthesizes the key lessons learned by several jurisdictions that have developed training for police officers in managing people with mental illnesses.
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Improving Responses to People with Mental Illnesses: Tailoring Law Enforcement Initiatives to Individual Jurisdictions, (NCJ 229713), Bureau of Justice Assistance, 2010. Improving Responses to People with Mental Illnesses: Tailoring Law Enforcement Initiatives to Individual Jurisdictions
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Resource Package for Paroling Authorities on Offenders with Mental Illness and/or Substance Use Disorders, BJA-Sponsored, August 2014. This resource from the BJA-supported National Parole Resource Center provides an introduction to some of the challenges paroling authority members face when serving individuals with mental illnesses and/or substance use disorders, along with a summary of the latest research and strategic thinking in the field.
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Statewide Law Enforcement/Mental Health Efforts: Strategies to Support and Sustain Local Initiatives, (NCJ 240786), BJA-Sponsored, 2013. This report examines how states have developed structures and standards to make police encounters with people with mental illnesses safer for all involved and to produce better mental health and criminal justice system outcomes. The report offers a starting point for policymakers, practitioners, and others interested in planning or enhancing a statewide initiative that will support such local-level specialized policing responses as crisis intervention and law enforcement/mental health co-response teams.
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More BJA Publications

What are the reporting requirements under JMHCP?  Answer

Who can we call with questions or requests for assistance regarding the work of our JMHCP grant?  Answer

Will representatives of the Council of State Governments Justice Center visit our JMHCP site?  Answer

How can we learn more about different strategies for improving outcomes when people with mental illnesses come in contact with the criminal justice system?  Answer

What resources are available to help our community plan a mental health court or improve/expand upon an existing mental health court?  Answer

What lessons can we learn from established mental health courts?  Answer

How should we go about collecting data to determine how our mental health court is functioning?  Answer

We are working to improve collaboration between our corrections and mental health systems. How can administrators and their staff working in each system get on the same page about ways in which their collaboration can be strengthened?  Answer

What lessons can be learned from other states and counties where collaboration between the corrections and mental health systems has improved?  Answer

How can we be sure that we're accurately identifying individuals with mental illnesses entering our jail or prison?  Answer

How do we determine whether the services we offer individuals with mental disorders re-entering the community are effective?  Answer

How do I access my JMHCP funds?  Answer

How can we engage additional partners in our JMHCP planning effort?  Answer

As a JMHCP grantee, how can we learn from the experiences of other jurisdictions, especially other communities whose demographics (e.g., large urban area or rural jurisdiction) are similar to ours?  Answer

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Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program Grant Awards, FY 2006–2014, sorted by state

See ”Who are the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program grantees?” to view snapshots of previously funded grantees.

The Mental Health Webinars and Video page contains information about and links to archived criminal justice-mental health webinars. Also view the previously recorded BJA PMT Webinar Training, entering the following Recording Key when prompted: RJQ5KW.

Access the Mental Health Publications page for an archive of resources.


Announcement:

JMHCP/SCA Conference Highlights

Highlights and full presentations from the joint 2014 Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP)/Second Chance Act (SCA) Conference are now available from the Council of State Governments Justice Center.


JMHCP and SCA Conference Being Livestreamed!

BJA and the Council of State Governments Justice Center are convening more than 800 criminal justice experts and professionals in Washington, DC on May 13-16, 2014, for the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program & Second Chance Act Conferences. Both conferences are being livestreamed! Read more.


Madison, WI Law Enforcement–Mental Health Learning Site

Read about the Madison (WI) Police Department’s Mental Health Liaison Program—one of six Law Enforcement–Mental Health Learning Sites selected by the Council of State Governments Justice Center and BJA—which is a successful example of how community partners can collaborate to provide police services to people with mental illnesses. Learn more about the learning sites.


Justice & Mental Health Solicitation Released

BJA has released the FY 2013 Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program solicitation. Applications are due March 25, 2013.


Register for Developing a Mental Health Court Webinar

With BJA support, the Council of State Governments is hosting this webinar which introduces the "Developing a Mental Health Court: An Interdisciplinary Curriculum," a free online multimedia curriculum for individuals and teams seeking to start, maintain, or simply learn more about mental health courts. The webinar will be held Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 2:00-3:30 p.m. eastern time.


Funding:

Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program FY 2015 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 04/14/2015, 11:59 PM
BJA is seeking applications that demonstrate a collaborative project between criminal justice and mental health partners from eligible applicants to plan, implement, or expand a justice and mental health collaboration program.
Solicitation  Webinar


Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program
Application Deadline: 03/25/2013, 11:59 PM
BJA is seeking applications that demonstrate a collaborative project between criminal justice and mental health partners from eligible applicants to plan, implement, or expand a justice and mental health collaboration program.
Solicitation


Justice and Mental Health Collaboration State-Based Capacity Building Program FY 2012 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 03/02/2012, 11:59 PM
This program seeks a provider(s) to deliver resources and services to unfunded, eligible Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) applicants.
Solicitation


Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program FY 2011 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 02/03/2011, 11:59 PM
This program seeks to increase public safety through innovative cross-system collaboration for individuals with mental illnesses or co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders who come into contact with the justice system.
Solicitation  FAQ


Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program FY 2010 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 04/08/2010, 07:59 PM
This program seeks to increase public safety through innovative cross-system collaboration for individuals with mental illness or co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders who come into contact with the justice system.
Solicitation  FAQ  Planning and Implementation Guide


Justice and Mental Health Collaboration State-Based Capacity Building Program FY 2009 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 03/26/2009, 07:59 PM
BJA’s Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) by seeking a provider(s) to deliver resources and services to unfunded, eligible JMHCP applicants.
Solicitation  FAQ


Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program FY 2009 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 03/12/2009, 07:59 PM
This program seeks to increase public safety through innovative cross-system collaboration for individuals with mental illness (MI) or co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders (COD) who come into contact with the criminal justice system.
Solicitation  FAQ


Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program FY 2008 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 05/06/2008, 07:59 PM
This program seeks to increase public safety through innovative cross-system collaboration for individuals with mental illness who come into contact with the criminal or juvenile justice systems.
Solicitation  FAQ


Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Training and Technical Assistance Program FY 2009 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 04/23/2008, 07:59 PM
BJA is seeking a training and technical assistance (TTA) provider to deliver TTA to grantees to assist with their efforts to plan, implement, or expand adult or juvenile justice and mental health collaboration programs.
Solicitation  Planning and Implementation Guide


Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program FY 2007 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 12/12/2006, 07:59 PM
The Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program seeks to increase public safety through innovative cross-system collaboration for individuals with mental illness who come into contact with the criminal or juvenile justice systems.
Solicitation  FAQ


Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program: FY 2006 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 06/02/2006, 07:59 PM
The Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program seeks to increase public safety through innovative cross-system collaboration for individuals with mental illness who come into contact with the criminal or juvenile justice systems.
Solicitation

 

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