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Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program

Grants to USA Agencies and Tribal Governments to Improve Outcomes
for Individuals With Mental Illness Within the Justice System

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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

Conf. Date:

04/08/20

Deadline Date:

05/18/20 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA states, units of local government, and Indian tribal governments for initiatives to improve outcomes for individuals with mental illness within the justice system. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended to support law enforcement and other criminal justice agencies in partnering with mental health agencies and reduce crime and recidivism associated with people with mental illnesses. BJA will only accept applications that demonstrate the proposed project will be administered jointly by an agency with responsibility for criminal or juvenile justice activities and a mental health agency.

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. This program supports public safety efforts through partnerships with social services and other organizations that will enhance responses to people with MI and CMISA.

Project-specific Information:

The Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program 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

BJA is seeking applicants under the following three specific purpose areas. For any of the purpose areas, the applicant must propose programming that is consistent with the goals of the authorizing legislation:

  • Purpose Area 1: Embedding Clinicians in Law Enforcement Agencies (Competition ID BJA-2020-18312)
  • Purpose Area 2: Support for Mental Health Centers (Competition ID BJA-2020- 18313)
  • Purpose Area 3: Mitigating Threats of Targeted Violence (Competition ID BJA2020-18314)

Objectives, Deliverables, and more information about purpose areas can be found at https://bja.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh186/files/media/document/bja-2020-17114.pdf#page=5.

Priorities can be found at https://bja.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh186/files/media/document/bja-2020-17114.pdf#page=6.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180548

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$19,000,000

Number of Grants:

Expected Number of Awards: 25

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award Ceiling: $750,000

Term of Contract:

- Period of performance start date: October 1, 2020
- Period of performance duration: Up to 36 months

BJA may, in certain cases, provide additional funding in future years to awards made under this solicitation, through continuation awards. OJP will consider, among other factors, OJP’s strategic (programmatic and policy) priorities, a recipient’s overall management of the award, and progress of award-funded work, when making continuation award decisions.

Eligibility:

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are states, units of local government, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior). BJA will only accept applications that demonstrate that the proposed project will be administered jointly by an agency with responsibility for criminal or juvenile justice activities and a mental health agency.

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

Pre-proposal Conference:

A solicitation webinar will be held on April 8, 2020 at 2 p.m. ET. This webinar will provide a detailed overview of the solicitation and allow an opportunity for interested applicants to ask questions. Preregistration is required for all participants.

After the webinar, a link to the webinar recording will be available on BJA’s website.

For more information and to register for the webinar:
https://justicecenter.webex.com/mw3300/mywebex/default.do?nomenu=true&siteurl=justicecenter&service=6&rnd=0.9833522866073455&main_url=https%3A%2F%2Fjusticecenter.webex.com%2Fec3300%2Feventcenter%2Fevent%2FeventAction.do%3FtheAction%3Ddetail%26%26%26EMK%3D4832534b00000004f0779e6d05e92803d905af6b7aeee4a7a4b0f23b65cda4e2eed4fec77f6113da%26siteurl%3Djusticecenter%26confViewID%3D155451053320449731%26encryptTicket%3DSDJTSwAAAATODpD5j4lzVfBwVebK3x4N_PxQLOvrIsHGJ_daG7p8hQ2%26

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Solicitation Release Date: March 19, 2020
- Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. eastern time (ET) on May 18, 2020

To be considered punctual, an application must be submitted by the application deadline using Grants.gov, and the applicant must have received a validation message from Grants.gov 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 Grants.gov, and to correct in a timely fashion any problems that may have caused a rejection notification.

Prior to Registering in Grants.gov:
- Acquire a DUNS Number
- Acquire or renew registration with SAM: If the applicant already has an Employer Identification Number (EIN), the SAM registration will take up to 2 weeks to become active. If the applicant does not have an EIN, then the applicant should allow 2 to 5 weeks for obtaining an EIN from the Internal Revenue Service. If the entity does not have an EIN, then the applicant should allow two to five weeks for obtaining the information from the Internal Revenue Service when requesting the EIN via phone, fax, mail or Internet.

Registering with Grants.gov is a one-time process; however, processing delays may occur, and it can take several weeks for first-time registrants to receive confirmation of registration and a user password. OJP encourages applicants to register several weeks before the application submission deadline. In addition, OJP urges applicants to submit applications at least 72 hours prior to the application due date, in order to allow time for the applicant to receive validation messages or rejection notifications from Grants.gov, and to correct in a timely fashion any problems that may have caused a rejection notification.

Cost Sharing or Match Requirement:
Federal funds awarded under this solicitation may not cover more than 80 percent of the total costs of the project for project years 1 and 2, and 60 percent of the total costs of the project for project year 3. An applicant must identify the source of the 20 percent nonfederal portion of the total project costs for projects years 1 and 2, and how it will use match funds. In addition, applicants proposing a 3rd project year must identify the source of the 40 percent nonfederal portion of year 3 project costs, and how it will use match funds. If a successful applicant’s proposed match exceeds the required match amount, and OJP approves the budget, the total match amount incorporated into the approved budget becomes mandatory and subject to audit. (“Match” funds may be used only for purposes that would be allowable for the federal funds.) Recipients may satisfy this match requirement with either cash or in-kind services.

The NCJRS Response Center hours of operation are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. eastern time, Monday through Friday, and 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. eastern time on the solicitation close date.

OJP Grant Application Resource Guide:
https://www.ojp.gov/funding/apply/ojp-grant-application-resource-guide

View this opportunity on Grants.gov:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=325594

For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov page above.

Contact Information:

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

Grants.gov Customer Support Hotline:
Phone: 800-518-4726 / 606-545-5035
Web: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/support.html
Email: support@grants.gov

National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center:
Toll-free: 1-800-851-3420
TTY: 301-240-6310 (hearing impaired only)
Fax: 301-240-5830
Web Chat: https://webcontact.ncjrs.gov/ncjchat/chat.jsp
Email: grants@ncjrs.gov

CFDA Number:

16.745

Funding or Pin Number:

BJA-2020-17114

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

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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