The Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) supports cross-system collaboration to improve public safety responses and outcomes for individuals with mental illnesses (MI) or co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse (CMISA) who come into contact with the justice system.
JMHCP offers grants to help entities prepare comprehensive plans to implement collaboration programs that target qualified offenders and promote public safety and public health. Specifically, per the authorizing statute, grants awarded under this program shall be used to create or expand:
- Programs that support cooperative efforts by public safety officials and service providers (at any point in the system) to connect individuals with MI or CMISA with treatment and social services
- Mental health courts or other court-based programs
- Programs that offer specialized training for public safety officials and mental health providers in order to respond appropriately to individuals with MI or CMISA
- Programs that support intergovernmental cooperation between state and local governments to address enhanced support to individuals with MI or CMISA