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Mental Health Diversion Program

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $1,000,000)

This project is responsive to 2022 Byrne Discretionary Community Project Funding/Byrne Discretionary Grants Program; Competition ID:  BJA-2022-171241. This program seeks to address the need for diversion programs for individuals with mental illness.

The City of Indianapolis is proposing to:

Increase access to treatment, counseling, case management and wrap around services for mentally ill individuals in the City of Indianapolis - including implementing behavioral health services in the dispatch center. 

Divert mentally ill individuals that meet the criminal justice system away from detention centers by providing a means of transportation to the Assessment and Intervention Center.

Develop a case management system for sharing information across county agencies – AIC and IMPD. This will assist with following up with individuals in the community that have mental illnesses and ensuring they receive proper resources.

Provide training and supplies to increase the ability to appropriately respond to individuals with mental illness.

Lead Applicant:
City of Indianapolis, Office of Finance and Management - Grants Team 

Jurisdiction to be Served:
The city of Indianapolis is located in the State of Indiana and is the capital and largest city in state. Indianapolis – Marion County is the 16th largest city in the United States, and according to the U.S Census Bureau 2020 Decennial Census, Indianapolis has a population of 887,642; with 52% of residents identifying as White, 28% as African American, 10.5% Hispanic, 4% Asian and 7% identify as two or more races. The median household income is $49,661, with 18% living below the poverty line. Indianapolis comprises an area of approximately 368 square miles. Indianapolis has the largest correctional population in the state.

Targeted Population: 
Individuals in the city of Indianapolis dealing with mental health issues and need services. 

Total Federal Request:  $1,000,000

Date Created: July 26, 2022