Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $229,945)
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 Douglas County Sheriff's Office is the fiscal agent for the federal award amount of $229,945 for the JMHCP Category 2: Planning and Implementation (this will supplement a local match). The applicant plans to utilize funds to develop the Assess, Intervene, Mobilize, and Succeed (AIMS) Initiative, with the goal of implementing
congruent corrections, transitional and reentry support services for mentally ill or co-occurring mental health and substance abuse inmates in the Douglas County Jail (DCJ).
The Sheriff's Office will focus on two objectives: reduce recidivism of the mentally ill in the criminal justice system, and increase the number of correctional-based transition programs for mentally ill offenders.