Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $250,000)
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 Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC)will use $250,000 for JMHCP Category 2: Planning and Implementation, to decrease arrest, adjudication, incarceration, and recidivism of youth with mental health issues. The DOC will use funds to support inter-agency planning to maintain the best crisis response; expand partnerships to strengthen diversion resources; sustain
effective interventions; continue to adapt the Intercept Model to local conditions; and researching rural evidence-based and culturally validated practices.
Objectives include: early identification and referral of mental health issues; engaging youth and families with services earlier in the process; diverting youth from adjudication and court when feasible; promoting culturally valid interventions; and promoting mental health and halting the progression of disease or criminal involvement.