The Office of Justice Programs announced more than $44 million in grant awards to help communities address crises involving homelessness, mental health and substance use disorders, and other public health and public safety emergencies.
“The burden of responding to community crises has always rested heavily on the shoulders of law enforcement professionals, but many of these emergencies—whether they are related to substance use or a mental health crisis—demand the attention of trained behavioral health specialists,” said Karhlton F. Moore, Director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA).
Included among the awards announced are the following from BJA:
- $15.4 million under the Connect and Protect: Law Enforcement Behavioral Health Response Program
- $12.9 million under the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program
- $9.2 million through National Initiatives in Justice and Mental Health: Training and Technical Assistance for Grantees and the Field
- $4.2 million under the Collaborative Crisis Response and Intervention Training Program
- $2.5 million under the Kevin and Avonte Program: Reducing Injury and Death of Missing Individuals with Dementia and Developmental Disabilities
Read the press release to learn more about the awards.