Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $44,657)
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 city of Albany through the Albany Police Department and its partners, will use the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) grant funds ($44,657) to implement a planning project to obtain buy-in and cooperation between mental health providers, law enforcement, and the courts. This process well help improve the response to persons with mental illness and co-occurring substance abuse disorders, and enhance long-term follow-up to reduce the recidivism rate in the target population.