The goal of the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) is to improve responses to and outcomes for individuals with mental illnesses or co-occurring substance use disorders who come into contact with the criminal justice system. The program also supports early intervention and diversion for individuals engaged with multiple systems; cross-training for criminal justice and behavioral health treatment professionals; and improved communication, collaboration, and coordination among criminal justice professionals, treatment and related service providers, and government partners.
In recent years, the JMHCP grant solicitation has made law enforcement-driven initiatives a priority. JMHCP grants can be used to design or implement a new PMHC initiative or to expand an existing one. JMHCP grantees receive funding, training and technical assistance (TTA), as well as access to national resources and experts to guide or enhance their efforts. JMHCP-funded efforts can also promote appropriate diversion from the criminal justice system and increase access to community-based health care. Examples of how grant funds have been used include the following:
For more information on solicitation announcements and timing of applications, click here.
The above information is intended to provide guidance to the reader and is not a substitute for the instructions contained in the FY19 JMHCP Solicitation.
Support jurisdictions in exploring
strategies to improve the outcomes of
encounters between law enforcement and
people who have mental illnesses.
Many communities struggle with the PMHC program design process. Communities are unsure how to design and develop a PMHC program that meets their distinct needs and challenges. One way to increase knowledge of PMHCs, is to review programs that other jurisdictions have developed and tailor those programs to your specific community needs.
Law Enforcement agencies interested in expanding their knowledge base, starting, or enhancing a PMHC, can contact The U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) or BJA’s Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Provider. In 2010, BJA selected six police departments to act as national law enforcement/mental health learning sites.
Located across the country, these learning sites represent a diverse cross-section of perspectives and program examples and are dedicated to helping other jurisdictions improve their responses to people with mental illnesses.
six learning sites host site visits
from interested colleagues and other local and state government officials, answer questions from the field, and work with BJA’s TTA provider to develop materials for practitioners and their community partners.
is provided to law enforcement agencies in an effort to assist with the development or implementation of PMHC strategies. Supplemental funds can be made available to agencies that are interested in visiting the learning sites. This is a focused approach intended to provide your agency with access to outstanding peer resources for police-mental health collaboration programs.
To request TTA and receive confirmation within 36 hours of your request,
For frequently asked questions about the Law Enforcement Mental Health Learning Sites, access the