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Mental Health and Law Enforcement Fellow in the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, United States Department of Justice: An IPA Opportunity
The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) announces an exciting opportunity for an individual with demonstrated experience in specialized police-base responses to persons with mental disorders to assist BJA in enhancing its strategic efforts to strengthen law enforcement responses to the mentally ill. Read more >>

New Consensus Project Web Site Launched
The Council of State Governments Justice Center has recently updated its Consensus Project web site. Please visit the web site today to learn more about their work related to criminal justice and mental health programs, including information on the BJA's Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program grantees.

Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) State Solicitation Now Available

BJA is seeking applications for funding through the Edward Byrne Memorial JAG Program FY 2016 State Solicitation. The JAG Program is the primary provider of federal criminal justice funding to jurisdictions and supports a range of program areas. Applications are due June 30, 2016.

Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Local Solicitation Released

BJA is seeking applications for funding through the Edward Byrne Memorial JAG Program FY 2016 Local Solicitation. The JAG Program is the primary provider of federal criminal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions and supports a range of program areas, including law enforcement, courts, corrections, drug treatment, and more. Applications are due June 30, 2016.

BJS JAG Report Released

The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) has released "Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program, 2014," which describes steps used in the JAG formula calculation process to determine award amounts for states, local governments, and territories. The report presents summary results of the FY 2014 allocation amounts.

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, 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.

New! Revised JAG Performance Measures Released!

Learn about the new JAG Performance Measures, which apply to FY 2015 grantees and beyond. They are more user friendly, easier to complete, and encourage success through evidence-based practices that benefit the full spectrum of criminal justice agencies and organizations. 

OJP Releases FY 2015 Program Plan

The Office of Justice Programs has released the FY 2015 Program Plan, in a new, easy-to-use format to help you find the appropriate funding sources for your initiatives. The criminal and juvenile justice fields have made significant progress over the last 3 years in instituting smart-on-crime practices and in applying science to crime-fighting. This year’s Plan preserves OJP’s overall programmatic priorities: supporting our state and local partners in fighting violent crime; promoting research and evidence-based approaches; expanding reentry; strengthening victim services; and supporting tribes.

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Front-End Diversion Initiative
A preadjudication diversion program designed to divert juveniles with mental health needs away from the juvenile justice system through specialized supervision and case management.

Taking Charge
A solution-focused, cognitive-behavioral brief group intervention designed to help pregnant and parenting female students stay in school.

Preventive Treatment Program
A prevention program aimed at disruptive kindergarten boys and their parents, with the goal of reducing short- and long-term antisocial behavior.

A juvenile court-based program designed to address the needs of juvenile offenders on probation who have emotional and behavioral disorders and the needs of their families. The approach is meant to be an integrated, seamless, coordinated system of care for children with mental health problems.

Spit Tobacco Intervention for Athletes
An education program about the dangers of addiction and long-term use of using spit (smokeless) tobacco. It is targeted at young male athletes—especially baseball players—who use or are at risk of using spit tobacco.

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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.

Developing A Mental Health Court: An Interdisciplinary Curriculum, BJA-Sponsored, January 2013. This online curriculum is for individuals and teams seeking to start, maintain, or learn more about mental health courts.

Program Performance Report: Second Chance Act – Targeting Offenders with Co-occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Health Grant Program, July 2011-June 2012, BJA-Sponsored, 2013. This report highlights activities funded by the Second Chance Act – Targeting Offenders with Co-occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Health Grant Program for the July 2011-June 2012 reporting period.

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.

Law Enforcement Responses to People with Mental Illnesses: A Guide to Research-Informed Policy and Practice, (NCJ 226965), Bureau of Justice Assistance, May 2009. This guide examines studies on law enforcement interactions with people with mental illnesses and translates the findings to help policymakers and practitioners develop safe and effective interventions.

Mental Health Courts: A Guide to Research-Informed Policy and Practice, (NCJ 228274), Bureau of Justice Assistance, September 2009. This guide helps policy makers and practitioners understand available research to better design, implement, and evaluate mental health courts.

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.

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.

Drivers with Alzheimer's Disease: 10 Warning Signs/10 Steps for Interacting, This resource is designed to help law enforcement identify, interact with, and help drivers who suffer from dementia.

Identifying and Helping a Driver With Alzheimer's Disease: Tips for Law Enforcement and Motorist Assist Workers, This resource is designed to help law enforcement and those who assist motorists identify, interact with, and help drivers who suffer from dementia.

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