Criminal and Juvenile Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program

To increase public safety by facilitating collaboration among the criminal justice, juvenile justice, mental health treatment, and substance abuse systems to increase access to treatment.

Agency - Department of Justice

The Department of Justice enforces the law and defends the interest of the United States, ensuring public safety against threats foreign and domestic; providing Federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; seeking just punishment for those guilty of unlawful pursuits; and ensuring fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.

Program Accomplishments

None. New program.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funding for planning grants can be used to support efforts to develop a comprehensive plan which targets preliminarily qualified offenders to promote public safety and public health.

Implementation funding can be used to support the following activities: Mental Health Courts and Diversion/Alternative Prosecution and Sentencing Programs - Funds may be used to create or expand existing mental health courts or other court-based programs, or diversion and alternative prosecution and sentencing programs (including crisis intervention teams and treatment accountability services).

Training - Funds may be used to create or expand programs such as crisis intervention training, which offer specialized training to criminal justice system personnel to identify and respond to the unique needs of people with mental illness or to mental health system personnel to respond to the treatment needs of mentally ill offenders.

Service Delivery - Funds may be used to create or expand programs that promote public safety by providing services, including housing.

In-Jail and Transitional Services - Funds may be used to create or expand mental health and support programs and services that promote public safety.

There are limitations on funding certain activities, including construction funds.

See also the OJP financial guide for other funding prohibitions.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Applicants are limited to States, units of local government, Indian tribes, and tribal organizations.

BJA will only accept joint applications; each application must include a mental health agency as well as a unit of government with responsibility for criminal justice activities.

Beneficiary Eligibility

General Public.



Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination


This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

All applications must be submitted electronically via the Office of Justice Programs' Grants Management System (GMS)at: Applications or supplemental materials received by facsimile or postal mail will not be accepted.

Award Procedures

All applications will be reviewed the program office. The Assistant Attorney General, Office of Justice Programs, US Department of Justice makes the final award decision.


There is normally one deadline each year, usually in the Spring. The deadline varies based on when program appropriations is passed into law. The Program deadline will be included in the announcements on FedGrants at, on NIJ's website at, and on the Office of Justice Programs website at


Public Law 108-414, Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 90 days from application deadline.





Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

A minimum 20 percent match is required; federal funding for this project may not exceed 80 percent of the total project costs. Match can include cash and in-kind sources.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance


Post Assistance Requirements


Fiscal report consisting of quarterly expenditures and budget expenditure reports; final financial report giving costs and expenditures of the complete project; program reports consisting of quarterly performance metrics reports, bi-annual progress reports; and a final report including a summary of program accomplishments.

Other reports may be requested.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofits Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. Performance Measures: To assist in fulfilling the Department's responsibilities under the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA), P.L. 103-62, applicants who receive funding under this solicitation must provide data that measures the results of their work.


Records and accounts concerning the expenditure of grants funds and grantee contributed funds shall be maintained during the grant period and retained for 3 years thereafter.

Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $4,936,140; FY 08 $6,500,000; and FY 09 est not available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

In amounts consistent with the applicant's proposed project and the BJA's plans, priorities and levels of financing.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Information about the Criminal and Juvenile Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program solicitation may be obtained by calling NCJRS at (800) 851-3420 or accessing the web site at

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, 810 Seventh St, NW., Washington, DC 20531. Telephone: (202) 616-6500 or by email at

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Selection criteria are defined specifically in the solicitation, including stating the need for the program, the strategy proposed, management plan and capacity to implement, program assessment, evaluation and sustainment and the budget.

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