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.

Allowable Uses of JMHCP Funding

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:

  • Developing and facilitating mental health and crisis de-escalation training for law enforcement
  • Developing or expanding PMHC programs (e.g., hiring a coordinator or extending hours of operation for crisis response teams)
  • Developing or enhancing computerized systems to support information sharing and data collection and program evaluation
  • Developing an engagement center/”receiving center” and other diversion-related resources.
View FY19 JMHCP Solicitation

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.