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Grants to USA Agencies, IHEs, and Tribal Governments to Enhance Outcomes for Individuals With Mental Illness Within the Justice System

Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program

GrantWatch ID# 180548
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
CFDA Number: 16.745
Funding or PIN Number: O-BJA-2023-171522
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);

Important Dates
Deadline: 03/21/23 8:59 PM ET - deadline; 03/28/23 8:59 PM ET - JustGrants deadline. Save

Grant Description
Grants to USA and territories state and local governments, tribal governments, and IHEs for initiatives to enhance outcomes for people with mental illness and drug addiction within the justice system. Interested applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to help entities prepare, create, or expand comprehensive plans to implement collaboration programs that target preliminarily qualified individuals and promote public safety and public health for people with MHDs and MHSUDs who come in contact with the justice system.

JMHCP specifically funds collaborative programs to reduce justice involvement and improve outcomes for individuals with MHDs or MHSUDs who have come into contact with the criminal justice system or are leaving a custodial setting. Program activities include: connecting individuals with MHDs or MHSUDs with treatment and social services through crisis stabilization units and pre-arrest diversion, creating or expanding mental health courts or other court-based approaches to preliminarily qualified individuals, increasing prosecutor- or defense-led diversion strategies, developing supported employment for people with behavioral health needs, utilizing specialized caseloads for probation, cross-system training of public safety officials and mental health providers, and increasing intergovernmental cooperation between state and local governments to support individuals with MHDs or MHSUDs.


  1. Enhance, expand, and operate mental health drop-off crisis stabilization treatment centers that provide 24/7, year-round support for law enforcement, criminal justice agencies, and people who come in contact with the justice system. These centers can provide, but are not limited to, the following services: screening and assessment, crisis care, residential treatment, assisted outpatient mental health treatment, primary care services, telehealth, competency restoration, community transition, and reentry support such as connections to housing.
  2. Increase community workforce and capacity for certified mental health peer support specialists and increase the availability of wraparound services evidenced to support people with MHD and MHSUD.
  3. Build or expand capacity to identify, treat, and support the recovery of individuals at the intersection of justice and mental health at the state, tribal, and local levels. 
  4. Build or expand existing mental health collaboration programs across people and places in any part of the criminal justice system — such as jails, courts, and prosecutors — as well as community supervision and/or capacity building for criminal justice professionals to target individuals with MHD and MHSUDs at risk of recidivism.

Deliverables and Priority Areas:


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible Applicants:
City or township governments, County governments, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), Public and State controlled institutions of higher education, Special district governments, State governments

Agencies with a different legal status (e.g., nonprofit or for-profit mental health agencies) are
eligible to apply only if they meet the following two requirements:

1. The applicant is designated by the state mental health authority to provide services as a unit of the state or local government.

2. The applicant must attach documentation to support this designation.

BJA will consider applications under which two or more entities would carry out the federal award; however, only one entity may be the applicant. Any others must be proposed as subrecipients (subgrantees).

In addition to unallowable costs identified in the DOJ Grants Financial Guide, award funds may not be used for the following:
- Prizes, rewards, entertainment, trinkets, or any other monetary incentives
- Client stipends
- Gift cards
- Vehicle purchases
- Food and beverages

Pre-Proposal Conference
On February 14, 2023, at 3 p.m. ET, BJA will hold a webinar to provide a detailed overview of this opportunity and answer questions.

Learn more about and register to participate in this webinar:

Pre-Application Information
The SF-424 and the SF-LLL must be submitted in by March 21, 2023 8:59 PM ET.

The full application must be submitted in JustGrants by March 28, 2023 8:59 PM ET.

OJP urges applicants to submit their and JustGrants submissions prior to the due dates to allow sufficient time to correct errors and resubmit by the submission deadlines if a rejection notification is received. To be considered timely, the full application must be submitted in JustGrants by the JustGrants application deadline.

Applications will be submitted to DOJ in two steps.
- Step 1: The applicant must submit by the deadline the required Application for Federal Assistance standard form (SF)-424 and a Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (SF-LLL) form when they register in To register in, the applicant will need to ensure that its System for Award Management (SAM) registration is current.
- Step 2: The applicant must then submit the full application including attachments in JustGrants.

This solicitation requires an escalating percentage cash or in-kind match. For years 1 and 2, a 20 percent match is required. For year 3, a 40 percent match is required.

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For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the page above.

Watch the Webinar Recording (from February 14, 2023):

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
Anticipated Maximum Dollar Amount of Awards: $550,000.

Term of Contract
- Period of performance start date: 10/1/23
- Period of performance duration: up to 36 months

Contact Information
For technical assistance with submitting the Application for Federal Assistance standard form (SF)-424 and a Disclosure of Lobbying Activities form (SF-LLL) in, contact the Customer Support Hotline at 800-518-4726, 606-545-5035, at customer support, or email at The Support Hotline operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except on federal holidays.

For technical assistance with submitting the full application in DOJ’s Justice Grants System (JustGrants), contact the JustGrants Service Desk at or at 833-872-5175. The JustGrants Service Desk operates 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. eastern time (ET) Monday–Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, and federal holidays.

For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact the OJP Response Center by telephone at 800–851–3420 or TTY: 301–240–6310 (hearing impaired only) or by email at The OJP Response Center hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET, Monday–Friday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET on the solicitation close date.

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