U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government, Department of Justice.

Justice Department Announces $29 Million to Support Justice And Mental Health Programs

The Department of Justice has announced awards totaling more than $29 million to support adult and juvenile justice initiatives designed to reduce crime and recidivism associated with mental illness and co-occurring disorders. Grants were awarded through the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the following Bureau of Justice Assistance programs:

  • Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program
  • Collaborative Mental Health and Anti-Recidivism Initiative
  • Improving Justice and Mental Health Collaboration - Training and Technical Assistance to Grantees and the Field Program

“More and more people with mental illness are coming into contact with the criminal justice system, straining law enforcement resources and placing exceptional demands on our jails and prisons,” said Office of Justice Programs Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Katharine T. Sullivan. “By supporting partnerships between justice system professionals and treatment providers, we are making substantial investments in addressing the link between mental health and public safety.”

View the press release to learn more. Also see the associated fact sheet for a complete list of individual grant programs, award amounts, and the awardees that will receive funding.

Date Published: October 16, 2020