Grants Available to Help “High Users” of the Jail and Social Services

MOSES published a position paper describing the problems associated with people who are “high users” of the Dane County jail and various social service systems.  “Many of these individuals experience complex chronic health conditions including histories of trauma, substance abuse disorders, mental health and chronic homelessness.”  They are expensive for society and lead painful lives.  Click here to read the paper.

Funds are available from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation for grants to test interventions for these frequent users of multiple systems.  Deadline is October 1.

Here is an excerpt from the solicitation description:

“Funding will be distributed to help city, county, and state governments use data from randomized controlled trials to identify individuals who frequently utilize hospitals, jails, and housing assistance services with the goal of connecting them to appropriate evidence-based interventions. Proposals should target interventions that address some or all of the following outcomes of interest: reduction in arrest and recidivism rates; reduction in the use of medical services, such as emergency room visits and hospitalizations; improved health outcomes; housing stability; and economic well-being.”

Click here for more information.




Federal Funds Available for Mental Health Services that Help People Who are Homelesss

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment is accepting applications for FY2017 Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals, which support the integration of behavioral health treatment and services for substance use disorders and co-occurring mental and substance use disorders, permanent housing, and other critical services for people who are experiencing homelessness.

SAMHSA funds will support three primary types of activities: (1) mental health and other recovery-oriented services; (2) coordination of housing and services that provide permanent housing and supportive services; and (3) efforts to help people with substance abuse disorders and co-occurring mental and substance use disorders access health care and other benefits.

Deadline for application is April 25.   Click here for more information.


Federal Funds Available to Support Jail Diversion and Mental Health Efforts

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.

Grants Available to Reduce Recidivism for Inmates with Mental Health/Substance Abuse Problems

The Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance is seeking applications for the Second Chance Act Reentry Program for Adults with Co-Occurring Substance Use and Mental Disorders. This program provides resources to state, local, and tribal governments to establish or enhance the provision of treatment to adults to facilitate successful reintegration of individuals returning from incarceration to their communities.  Applications are due March 14, 2017.

Click here for more information.


Training Available for Judges concerning Mental Health

One of 10 recommendations of the “Mental Health, Solitary Confinement, and Incarceration” task group to the Dane County Board of Supervisors in 2015 was to “support the development of a plan to deliver additional training and resources for judicial officials, attorneys and others involved in the court process.”

Free help is available from the Justice Center of the Council of State Governments.  A training, “Judicial Work at the Interface of Mental Health and Criminal Justice” is a four- hour live interactive training designed for judges who hear criminal cases. The program was created by judges and psychiatrists working in partnership with the American Psychiatric Association Foundation and the CSG Justice Center .

Deadline for applications is June 30,2017.  Click here for more information.

Stepping Up Initiative is Catching On

The American Psychiatric Foundation, National Association of Counties, and Council of State Governments Justice Center joined forces in 2015 to reduce the number of people with mental illness in jails and prisons.  Organizers aim to turn the Stepping up Initiative into a “long-term national movement, not a moment in time.”

They are on the way to fulfilling that promise.  More than 300 counties, including 7 in Wisconsin, have joined the initiative.  The Stepping Up website is filled with positive stories in publications from Scientific American and the New York Times to the Spartanburg Herald-Journal and the Bangor Daily News.

Dane County was one of 50 applicants selected to attend a two-day summit in Washington DC last April. Speakers from county boards, government agencies and programs throughout the country provided step-by-step guidance about how to build a coalition, collect data, develop a plan, and sell it to the community.  Federal and foundation representatives told of funding opportunities.  The sessions are available on the website.

Stepping Up has announced monthly webinars and technical assistance network calls in the coming year.  First up is a webinar on February 2, “Six Questions County Leaders Need to Ask.”   Click here for more information about technical assistance.


SAMHSA offers grant opportunity to improve mental health of children

The federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) posted an announcement of funds available to help treat children with serious mental illness.  The deadline for application is January 3, 2017.  Funds for this effort have been granted in previous years.  See here for more information.