Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $200,000)
The Bureau of Justice Assistance's (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 Maricopa County Adult Probation Department will use grant funds to close funding gaps so that clients receive treatment and support services promptly upon return to the community. Collaboration and grant funding will ensure the continuity of treatment services. Community Bridges and the National Council on Alcohol and Drug Dependence will provide individualized, gender-responsive, integrated mental health and substance abuse treatment, and supportive services to at least 75 women. Crossroads will assist with transitional housing. This program will expand an existing collaboration that includes the Arizona Department of Corrections and will leverage a Byrne competitive grant that supports a prison re-entry unit in the Maricopa County Adult Probation Department.