Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $250,000)
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.
Macon County, Illinois, will use $250,000 of federal funds (in addition to a local match)
as part of the JMHCP Category 2: Planning and Implementation Grant. The County proposes to develop a Mental Health Court and conduct preliminary mapping of the local criminal justice system and how persons with mental illness can be intercepted.