BJA FY 21 Connect and Protect: Law Enforcement Behavioral Health Responses


Funding Opportunity ID: 333688
Opportunity Number: O-BJA-2021-21001
Opportunity Title: BJA FY 21 Connect and Protect: Law Enforcement Behavioral Health Responses
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Affordable Care Act
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 16.745
Eligible Applicants: State governments
County governments
City or township governments
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility: Other: Mental health agency The term "mental health agency" means an agency of a state or local government or its contracted agency that is responsible for mental health and co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse services. For purposes of this solicitation, "state" means any state of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Where a state agency is an applicant, this solicitation is intended to support law enforcement and its partnering mental health agency to plan a coordinated response in the field. BJA will only accept applications that demonstrate the proposed program will be administered jointly by an agency with responsibility for criminal or juvenile justice activities, such as law enforcement, and a mental health agency. To advance Executive Order 13929 Safe Policing for Safe Communities, as of October 28, 2020, the Attorney General determined that all state, local, and university or college law enforcement agencies must be certified by an approved independent credentialing body or have started the certification process to be allocated FY 2021 DOJ discretionary grant funding, as either a recipient or a subrecipient. For detailed information on this new certification requirement, please visit All recipients and subrecipients (including any for-profit organization) must forgo any profit or management fee.
Agency Code: USDOJ-OJP-BJA
Agency Name: Department of Justice
Bureau of Justice Assistance
Posted Date: May 19, 2021
Close Date: Jul 06, 2021
Last Updated Date: May 19, 2021
Award Ceiling: $550,000
Award Floor: $0
Estimated Total Program Funding: $20,000,000
Expected Number of Awards: 36
Description: The Department of Justice is committed to advancing work that promotes civil rights, increases access to justice, supports crime victims, protects the public from crime and evolving threats, and builds trust between law enforcement and the community. The Connect and Protect: Law Enforcement Behavioral Health Response Program is part of the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program(JMHCP). It is designated to support law enforcement-behavioral health cross-system collaboration and to improve public safety responses and outcomes for individuals with mental illness (MI) or co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse (CMISA) who come into contact with the criminal justice system. BJA is seeking applicants to design or enhance a law enforcement-behavioral health response to people with MI and CMISA who come into contact with law enforcement due to their illness. For applicants that are interested in JMHCP that are not law enforcement but are seeking to partner with mental health from another part of the criminal justice system, access the solicitation here.
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