Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $50,000)
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 county of Ocean will use the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) funds ($50,000) to increase public safety in Ocean County and decrease recidivism through the early identification and treatment of juveniles with mental health and co-occurring disorders. Ocean County will also work to improve the mental health of youth in order to prevent their involvement with the juvenile justice system. Efforts of the Collaboration will target non-violent juvenile offenders identified with a mental health/co-occurring disorder.