Advocates in Dane County for jail diversion programs and increased mental health services repeatedly come up against the “we can’t afford it” response. This post is part of a continuing attempt to highlight federal funding sources that are an answer to that argument. But, initiative and effort are required to get the money. Here is the most recent notice of a grant program that is addressed to needs identified by county legislators, non-profit organizations, and advocates. Deadline for application is April 4. Let’s hope someone gets busy.
The Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program “seeks to increase public safety by facilitating 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 or co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders. (My bolding)
The program encourages early intervention for these multisystem- involved individuals; maximizes diversion opportunities for multisystem-involved individuals with mental illnesses or co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders; promotes cross-training for justice and treatment professionals; and facilitates communication, collaboration, and the delivery of support services among justice professionals, treatment and related service providers, and governmental partners.
This solicitation specifically seeks to increase early identification and front-end diversion of people with mental health and co-occurring substance use disorders identified at early intercept points within the justice system.
This program seeks to increase the number of justice, mental health, and community partnerships; increase evidence-based practices and treatment responses to people with behavioral health disorders in the justice system; and increase the collection of health and justice data to accurately respond to the prevalence of justice-involved people with mental health and co-occurring substance use disorders.”
Click here for the grant announcement.