Funding Resources

The Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) facilitates collaboration among the criminal justice, juvenile justice, and mental health and substance use treatment systems to better serve individuals with mental disorders and to increase public safety.

JMHCP grants are available in three categories:

  • Purpose Area 1: Embedding Clinicians in Law Enforcement Agencies
    Allows for social workers and/or mental health professionals to be placed (embedded) in the law enforcement agencies to assist officers during encounters with people in a mental health crisis.  Grantees under this purpose area can use the funding to pay for salaries as well as other expenses such as training and other coordination activities to ensure implementation of the collaborative program.
  • Purpose Area 2: Support for Mental Health Centers
    Funds operational expenses for centers that provide assistance to those with severe mental health needs who are at risk of recidivism. These mental health centers can provide, but are not limited to, the following services: crisis care, residential treatment, outpatient mental health and primary care services, and community reentry supports.
  • Purpose Area 3: Mitigating Threats of Targeted Violence
    Supports law enforcement and prosecutors to respond to and mitigate threats of targeted violence.  Funds under this purpose area can be used by state and local prosecutors and investigators to seek assistance from mental health professionals and threat assessment experts to identify and disrupt individuals who are mobilizing toward violence.

Juvenile Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (J-JMHCP) grant funds may be used to support a combination of the following areas:

  • Mental health courts or other court-based programs serving youth
  • Programs that offer specialized training to officers, employees of a juvenile justice agency, and mental health personnel in order to better respond to youth with MI or CMISA
  • Programs that support collaborative efforts of juvenile justice and mental health agencies to promote public safety by offering mental health treatment services and, where appropriate, substance abuse treatment services, for youth with MI or CMISA
  • Programs that support intergovernmental cooperation between state and local governments to address enhanced support to youth with MI or CMISA

Who is eligible to apply for grants?
Eligible applicants are limited to states, units of local government, federally recognized Indian tribes, and tribal organizations. Applications must demonstrate that the proposed project will be administered jointly by a criminal or juvenile justice agency and a mental health agency, although only one is responsible for submitting the application.

When can I apply for grants?
The solicitation for JMHCP applications is typically released in the first half of each calendar year. Please subscribe to updates from the CSG Justice Center to hear about these solicitations and other funding opportunities. 

Applicant Guide

Below are resources and tools that JMHCP grant applicants can use in preparing an application for a solicitation. The resources are organized into two sections: Framing the Problem and Writing the Grant. Click on the links below to jump to a particular section.

Framing the Problem

Many successful grant applications have begun with a careful analysis of the scope of the problem in their particular jurisdiction. When describing your jurisdiction, it is important to document the frequency of contact between law enforcement and people with mental illnesses, the prevalence of people with mental illnesses in the local jail, or some other aspect of the problem. Concrete statistics can often lead to important policy or staffing changes that improve services and begin to address the root causes of the problem. The following resources are intended to assist JMHCP grant applicants in successfully analyzing the scope of the problem within their jurisdiction.

Consensus Project Resources

  • Overview of the Consensus Project Report
    People with mental illnesses are overrepresented in all parts of the criminal justice system—in their contact with law enforcement, in the courts, in jails and prisons, and in parole and probation caseloads across the country. The problem affects both rural and urban communities, and is prevalent in both large and small states. For a concise background on the extent of the problem and some supporting statistics, consult the overview of the Consensus Project Report.
  • Collaboration Assessment Tool
    In framing the problem, it is important to identify the need for a meaningful collaboration between the criminal justice and mental health systems. To support this effort, the Justice Center has created worksheets to help applicants assess their existing level of collaboration. Applicants can use responses generated from the worksheets to identify administrative actions that should be implemented in order to successfully address the problem at hand.

National Resources

  • Bureau of Justice Statistics
    The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) publishes reports that analyze trends in crime, incarceration, and criminal justice spending. BJS has also published reports specifically on the intersection between mental health and criminal justice, including the frequently referenced “Mental Health and Treatment of Inmates and Probationers” (1999). Applicants can use reports published by BJS to compare known trends within their jurisdiction to what is reported by BJS at the state and/or national level.
  • National Institute of Justice
    The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) publishes reports that evaluate the effectiveness of various criminal justice programs and technologies. Of particular note is NIJ’s Mental Health Screens for Corrections, which compares the accuracy of two different mental health screening questionnaires. Applicants can use reports published by NIJ to identify evidence based interventions that would be appropriate for the problem affecting their jurisdiction.

Data Gathering Tools

  • US Census – Data Access Tools
    The US Census Bureau provides data access tools that allow users to search demographic information by state, county, and city. Searchable data includes population density, income, health coverage enrollments, and other relevant demographic information. Applicants can use this data to describe the general population of their jurisdiction, which is requested in the program abstract component of the JMHCP application.
  • Uniform Crime Reporting Statistics – Table Building Tool
    The Uniform Crime Reporting Program collects statistics for violent crime and property crime. By using the table-building tool, users can specify offenses, localities, and years of interest in order to calculate illustrative crime indicators such as volume, rate, and trend. Applicants can use these indicators to further define the law enforcement needs facing their jurisdiction.
  • Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention – Data Analysis Tools
    The Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention has developed a suite of web-based data analysis tools that provide access to recent, detailed information on juvenile crime and the juvenile justice system. Users can search national, state, and county juvenile population counts, as well as information on juvenile arrests, juvenile court case processing, and juvenile offenders in residential placement facilities.

Writing the Grant

Securing federal funding is a highly competitive process. Given this challenge, it is important to develop both a compelling project idea and a compelling written proposal. The following resources are intended to assist JMHCP grant applicants in successfully transforming their project idea into an organized, informative, and persuasive proposal.

  • 2011 JMHCP Solicitation
    The JMHCP Solicitation provides information about eligibility, deadlines, requirements, selection criteria, and the review process. Carefully reading the solicitation and explicitly addressing each request for information is essential to writing a successful grant application.
  • BJA Grant Writing Academy
    This video training provides an overview of project planning, management, administration, and assessment of federally funded programs. The training also covers the pre-application and application process, including tips on how to present application materials, how applications are reviewed, and what an applicant can expect in terms of next steps and timing of award announcements.
  • BJA Grant Writing Manual
    This training manual covers similar information as the BJA Grant Writing Academy, but in greater length and detail. Helpful additional content includes questions for framing the project narrative and abstract, example performance measures, a budget template, high and low scoring examples of applications, and examples of actual peer reviewer comments.
  • Example Applications
    Reviewing proposals from former grantees can be helpful in identifying the strengths of a successful application. To support this effort, BJA posts examples of applicants that were recommended for funding in FY 2010.