The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs and Bureau of Justice Assistance has released the 2011 fiscal year solicitation for Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program grant applications. The program is designed to increase public safety through innovative cross-system collaboration for individuals with mental illness who come into contact with the criminal justice system.
Grant applicants are limited to states, units of local government, federally recognized Indian tribes (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior), and tribal organizations. According to the Bureau of Justice Assistance, only applications that demonstrate that the proposed project will be administered jointly by an agency with responsibility for criminal or juvenile justice activities and a mental health agency will be accepted. Only one agency is responsible for the submission of the application in Grants.gov. This lead agency must be a state agency, unit of local government, federally recognized Indian tribe, or tribal organization.
A “criminal or juvenile justice agency” is defined as an agency of state or local government or its contracted agency that is responsible for detection, arrest, enforcement, prosecution, defense, adjudication, incarceration, probation, or parole relating to the violation of the criminal laws of that state or local government, while a “mental health agency” is an agency of state or local government or its contracted agency that is responsible for mental health services or co-occurring mental health and substance abuse services. A "substance abuse agency" is considered an eligible applicant if that agency provides services to individuals suffering from co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders.
Registration with Grants.gov is required prior to application submission. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Feb. 3, 2011. For technical assistance with submitting the application, contact the Grants.gov customer support hotline at (800) 518–4726 or e-mail email@example.com.
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