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Improving Justice and Mental Health Collaboration: Training and Technical Assistance to Grantees and the Field

Grants to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, and IHEs for Training
to Reduce Crime Among Individuals with Mental Illness

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U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs, (OJP) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)

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Deadline Date:

06/11/19 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA nonprofit and for-profit organizations, IHEs, and community and faith-based organizations to provide assistance and training to criminal justice and law enforcement agencies on reducing crime among individuals with mental illness. Required registrations may take several days to complete.

Through this solicitation, BJA seeks training and technical assistance (TTA) providers to support the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) and the Justice and Mental Health State-Based Capacity Building Program (CBP). The primary goal of JMHCP is to facilitate cross-system collaboration among the criminal justice, mental health, and substance abuse treatment systems to increase access to mental health and other treatment services for individuals with mental illnesses (MI) or co-occurring mental illness or substance abuse (CMISA). The primary goal of CBP is to provide comprehensive resources and services to unfunded JMHCP applicants (“customers”) and the field in general.

Objectives and Deliverables

Category 1: Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program Training and Technical Assistance. Competition ID: BJA-2019-15953
- Category 1 Objective 1: Provide comprehensive, responsive, individualized TTA to JMHCP Category 1, 2, and 3 grantees to meet their objectives, deliverables, and activities.
- Category 1 Objective 2: Provide TTA to assist JMHCP Category 1 Collaborative County Approaches to Reducing the Prevalence of Individuals with Serious Mental Illness in Jails grantees to increase and maintain jail capacity for violent offenders, and develop systemwide coordinated approaches to safely reduce the prevalence of low risk individuals with MI and CMISA in local jails.
- Category 1 Objective 3: Provide targeted TTA to assist JMHCP Category 2 Strategic Planning for Police and Mental Health Collaboration grantees to free up law enforcement time to focus on responding to violent crime and to improve officer and citizen safety during calls for service involving people with MI and CMISA.
- Category 1 Objective 4: Provide TTA to assist JMHCP Category 3 Implementation and Expansion grantees to increase public safety and reduce recidivism among high risk people with MI and CMISA.

Category 2: Justice and Mental Health State-based Capacity Building Program. Competition ID: BJA-2019-15954
- Category 2 Objective 1: To develop and provide information and TTA to the field and to support cross-organizational coordination
- Category 2 Objective 2: To increase coordination, tools and resources that build state and local capacity to improve system responses to, and outcomes for, people with mental illnesses in the justice system.

For details on the objectives and deliverables of each of these categories, see the RFP:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185780

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

BJA will make two awards, one award in Category 1 and one award in Category 2

Estimated Size of Grant:

Category 1: up to $2,480,000
Category 2: up to $1,860,000

Term of Contract:

Each award will have a twelve month period of performance.


  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are nonprofit organizations (including tribal organizations) and for-profit (commercial and tribal) organizations, faith-based and community organizations, and institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education).

All recipients and subrecipients (including any for-profit organization) must forgo any profit or management fee.

BJA welcomes applications under which two or more entities would carry out the federal award; however, only one entity may be the applicant. Any others must be proposed as subrecipients (subgrantees).1 The applicant must be the entity that would have primary responsibility for carrying out the award, including administering the funding and managing the entire program. Under this solicitation, only one application by any particular applicant entity will be considered. An entity may, however, be proposed as a subrecipient (subgrantee) in more than one application.

Competitive applicants will include partnership with a police organization or association that has the capacity to consult and engage communities on issues of improved justice system and public health responses to people with mental illness (MI) or co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse (CMISA).

Pre-proposal Conference:

Wednesday, April 24, 2019 1:00 pm
Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)

This webinar will provide details and guidance for potential applicants to the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Improving Justice Mental Health Collaboration: Training and Technical Assistance to Grantees and the Field FY 2019 Competitive Grant Announcement. The presenter will discuss the purpose, goals, and eligibility for this funding opportunity and will address frequently asked questions. A Q&A session will conclude this webinar.

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Pre-Application Information:

Applicants must register with at prior to submitting an application. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on June 11, 2019.

To be considered timely, an application must be submitted by the application deadline using, and the applicant must have received a validation message from that indicates successful and timely submission. OJP urges applicants to submit applications at least 72 hours prior to the application due date, to allow time for the applicant to receive validation messages or rejection notifications from, and to correct in a timely fashion any problems that may have caused a rejection notification.

Unique Entity Identifier (DUNS Number) and System for Award Management (SAM) Every applicant entity must comply with all applicable SAM and unique entity identifier (currently, a DUNS number) requirements.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center:
Toll-free: 800–851–3420
TTY: 301–240–6310 (hearing impaired only)
Fax: 301–240–5830
Web chat:

For technical assistance with submitting an application, contact the Customer Support Hotline at 800–518–4726, 606–545–5035, at, or at

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Funding or Pin Number:

BJA-2019-15123 (BJA-2019-15953, BJA-2019-15954)

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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