Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $250,000)
The Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) seeks to increase public safety through an innovative, cross-system, collaborative response to individuals with mental illness who come in contact with the criminal or juvenile justice systems. This program is funded through Public Law 111-8 (Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2009). The program is designed to increase public safety by facilitating collaboration among the criminal justice, juvenile justice, and mental health and substance abuse treatment systems to increase access to services for offenders with mental illness. Activities under this initiative will encourage early intervention for 'system-involved' individuals with mental illness; provide new and existing mental health courts with various treatment options; maximize diversion opportunities for non-violent offenders with mental illness and co-occurring disorders; promote training for justice and treatment professionals on criminal justice processed and mental health and substance abuse issues; and facilitate communication, collaboration, and the delivery of support services among justice professionals, treatment and related service providers, and governmental partners.
Milwaukee County will use fiscal year 2009 JMHCP Category II funds to plan and implement a comprehensive aftercare program for youth with severe emotional disorders and/or co-occurring substance use disorders who are transitioning from secure correctional placement. Jointly administered by two divisions of the county department of health, the initiative will build upon and expand existing programs and services available to approximately 30 aftercare youth during the grant period. Participants will have access to wraparound clinical, crisis, and a myriad of support services. In addition, reach-in services to help plan for aftercare and provide support to identified youth participant families will be provided by community based organizations while the youth are incarcerated.