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 Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) will utilize the 2009 Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program, Category II funds to implement the CSKT Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program on the Flathead Indian Reservation. The target population for this program will be American Indian adults who have been diagnosed with or display behaviors that indicate they may have co-occurring chemical dependency problems and have faced (or are facing) criminal charges for misdemeanors or nonviolent offenses in Tribal court. The program will be comprehensive and will provide coordinated service provisions across mental health, criminal justice, and law enforcement systems. The program components will include training for law enforcement first responders, assessments, case management, mental health evaluations, onsite treatment, and diversion services.