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1 Bureau of Justice Assistance JUSTICE AND MENTAL HEALTH COLLABORATIONS Bureau of Justice Assistance JUSTICE AND MENTAL HEALTH COLLABORATIONS Presentation by : A.Elizabeth Griffith Associate Deputy Director, BJA

2 DOJ: Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Provides federal leadership to: -Develop the nation's capacity to prevent and control crime; -Improve the criminal and juvenile justice systems; -Increase knowledge about crime and related issues; and -Assist crime victims

3 OJP Components Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) Office for Victims of Crime Community Capacity Development Office (CCDO)

4 Bureau of Justice Assistance Goals: (1) reduce and prevent crime, violence, and drug abuse; and (2) improve the functioning of the criminal justice system.

5 Program Purposes: Mobilize communities to implement innovative, collaborative efforts to bring system-wide improvements in the way that they address offenders with mental disabilities or illness. Involve (at the minimum) the educational system, recreation system, mental health system, substance abuse programs employment and housing services

6 Mental Health Courts Program began in 2002 Limited funding: ($4 million) ($3 million) ($450K) Agency Commitment

7 Mental Health Courts Oversee 37 active grantees receiving $7 million in mental health court demonstration funding Support 63 jurisdictions others involved in mental health problem solving courts without BJA funding.

8 Technical Assistance National Conferences Council of State Governments Publications Training Curricula 2006: Expansion to Law Enforcement

9 Partnerships SAMHSA NIC OJJDP

10 Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act PL Authorized in 2005 Funding: 2006: $4.5 million

11 MIOTA Purpose To foster local collaborations among the criminal justice, mental health treatment, and substance abuse systems to increase public safety and access to treatment.

12 MHCJC Goals (1) Protect public safety by (early) intervention to treatment for people with mental illness or a co-occurring disorder who become involved with the criminal justice / juvenile justice system (2) Provide courts, including existing and new mental health courts, with appropriate mental health and substance abuse treatment options;

13 MHCJC Goals (2) (3) Maximize use of alternatives to prosecution through graduated sanctions, as appropriate for the client, in cases involving nonviolent offenders with mental illness; (4) Promote adequate training for criminal justice system personnel about mental illness and substance abuse disorders and the appropriate responses to people with such illnesses; and to promote adequate training for mental health and substance abuse treatment personnel about criminal offenders with mental illness or co-occurring substance abuse disorder and the appropriate response to such offenders in the criminal justice system;

14 MHCJC Goals (3) (5) Promote communication among adult or juvenile justice personnel, mental health and co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse disorder treatment personnel, nonviolent offenders with mental illness and co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse disorders and support services such as housing, job placement, community, schools, child welfare, transportation, faith-based, and crime victims organizations; and; (6) Promote communication, collaboration, and intergovernmental partnerships among municipal, county, and State elected officials with respect to mentally ill offenders.

15 Grants Solicitation Grant Types: Planning Planning and Implementation Implementation

16 Funding Funding activities must focus on the program goals, e.g. partnerships with: -Law Enforcement -Courts -Corrections and Reentry -Training -State Collaboration

17 Eligible Applicants State, tribal or local criminal justice agency Must partner with mental health partner

18 Training and Technical Assistance Council of State Governments

19 TA Resources Publications Training Essential Elements Mentoring

20 Related Projects NACo: -Discharge Planning for Mentally Ill -State and local partnerships Jail Reentry Roundtable NIC: Jails Reentry

21 BJA Contact Info For more info: Robert Hendricks, Policy Advisor for Mental Health Bureau of Justice Assistance 810 Seventh St, NW Washington DC #


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