Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $200,000)
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.
The Marin County Department of Health and Human Services will use their FY 09 Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program Expansion Grant to expand their current efforts in serving mentally ill offenders in their community. Their current program, Support and Treatment After Release (STAR) employs the assertive community treatment model to effect sustained improvements for mentally ill offenders in their community. The STAR program will also expand their current capacity to provide the following: jail-based and in-custody assessment, planning, and engagement; and initial case management and integrated substance abuse services. Additionally, the primary goal of the STAR Expansion Project is to increase program capacity within the STAR program and community while improving criminal justice, mental health, and substance abuse outcomes for program clients and mentally ill offenders who are identified and referred for community services through the vehicle of STAR assessment and planning components.