Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $50,000)
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.
Rock County is the fiscal agent for this award of $50,000 under JMHCP Category I: Planning (which will augment a local match). Four key components will be funded as part of the planning process: (1) creating a CJCC subcommittee of representatives from criminal/juvenile justice stakeholders, MH and AODA agencies, and community organizations/members to form a strong collaborative structure through which a strategic plan will ultimately be created; (2) conducting an intensive cross-systems needs and resource assessment; (3) developing policies and programs for systems improvement; and (4) developing a cross-systems strategic plan for future program implementation.