Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $47,970)
The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) is funded through the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act of 2004 (Public Law 108-414), which was reauthorized in 2008 (Public Law 110-416). The primary purpose of JMHCP is 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 mental health and other treatment services for those individuals with mental illness or co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. Jurisdictions are eligible to apply for planning, planning and implementation, or expansion funding through JMHCP.
The county of Berrien is the fiscal agent for the federal award amount of $47,970 for JMHCP Category 1: Planning. The County proposes to form a Mental Health System of Care for Juvenile Offenders Workgroup including community stakeholders from the court, law enforcement, community mental health providers, substance abuse service providers, Department of Human Services, schools/educational programs, youth serving agencies, consumers, consumer advocacy groups, and faith-based programs. The collaborative structure will be comprised of the Mental Health System of Care for Juvenile Offenders Workgroup, with membership (20-30 in number) representing all stakeholders and key leaders in the community. An Executive Committee and Five different task teams will be responsible for the planning process work and deliverables.