Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $500,000)
The Congressionally Recommended Awards Program, authorized by the Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2010 (Pub. L. 111-117), helps improve the functioning of the criminal justice system, prevent or combat juvenile delinquency, and/or assist victims of crime (other than compensation). Funds should be used for the projects recommended by Congress, in the amounts specified in the joint explanatory statement incorporated by reference into Pub. L. 111-117, and generally consistent with one or more of the following statutory purposes: improving the functioning of the criminal justice system, preventing or combating juvenile delinquency, or assisting victims of crime (other than compensation). Each of these purposes is framed using language drawn, respectively, from the former Byrne discretionary statute, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, the Victims of Crime Act, and the Violence Against Women Act. This project is authorized and funded through a line item in the FY 2010 Congressional Budget and by the joint explanatory statement that is incorporated by reference into the FY2010 Department of Justice Appropriations Act.
The County of Peoria will establish a mental health court for individuals in the criminal justice system of Peoria who have a mental illness. Their treatment and care will be a parallel focus to their being held accountable for their illegal behaviors. The program will be modeled after the Peoria County Adult Drug Court model and will ensure enrollment of those individuals who can participate in the program and potentially benefit from the services and structure of the program. Law enforcement, jail personnel, assistant state attorneys, public defenders, probation officers, and mental health providers familiar with the identified population will comprise the primary source of referral.