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.
The Idaho Supreme Court will utilize the 2009 Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program, Category II funds to expand their current JoAn Wood Project. The JoAn Wood Project was initially designed to achieve a collaboration focused on developing and utilizing community sentencing alternatives to reduce the flow of individuals with co-occurring disorders from the 7th District into the state prison system. Through the grant, the initiative will be expanded into a comprehensive, strategic systems plan, based on the sequential intercept model for justice, mental health services. The project will implement selected new components with key elements dedicated to addressing the specific needs of female offenders with co-occurring mental and substance use disorders, emphasize cross systems training aimed at improving treatment and supervision, and refine existing process and outcome evaluation design.