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News and Announcements

Bureau of Justice Assistance Second Chance Act Grants

On February 27,  the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), U.S. Department of Justice, released the solicitation for Second Chance Act grants to state and local governments for adult reentry demonstration projects. Funding under this grant program is available to help state and local agencies implement programs and strategies to reduce recidivism and ensure the safe and successful reentry of adults released from prisons and jails.

To download the solicitation, or find out more about the grant program, click here

The deadline for applications is 8:00 p.m. EST on April 20, 2009.

Inquiries about the solicitation should be directed to Gary L. Dennis, Senior Policy Advisor, Bureau of Justice Assistance at 202-305-9059 or

2009 Federal Budget includes $10 million for MIOTCRA

The FY 2009 Federal domestic spending bill, passed in late February, includes $10 million for the Bureau of Justice Assistance at the Justice Department for programs authorized under the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act (MIOTCRA).  This includes jail diversion programs, enhanced correctional treatment, discharge planning and community reentry services, and cross-training of criminal justice and mental health professionals.  This is a $3.5 million increase over the FY 2008 level.  Click here to learn more about MIOTCRA.  A grant solicitation for 2009 has not yet been released.

4th Annual Upper Midwest CIT Conference

On April 22nd, the Barbara Schneider Foundation in Minneapolis will host a one-day regional CIT conference, with participants from states throughout the Upper Midwest. The program includes two keynote speakers, Dr. Xavier Amador and Lt. Michael Woody, as well as numerous workshops.

Dr. Amador will share information about his training which is an tool for effectively communicating with someone who may not have insight into their mental illness.

Lt. Michael Woody, who is currently the president of CIT International, has been in CIT movement since the beginning, and helped bring CIT to Ohio. He will be a great resource for building excellence as CIT grows in the Upper Midwest.

In addition, Dr. Amador will be offering training in the LEAP program, held on April 23-24. Check out the LEAP Institute website for more information on his training programs.  

To learn more about the conference visit the Barbara Schneider Foundation website

Consensus Project Updates Criminal Justice/Mental Health Infonet

The Criminal Justice/Mental Health Consensus Project recently upgraded its Infonet, an online database of information related to criminal justice and mental health projects. The database includes descriptions of programs like CIT, mental health courts and re-entry programs, news articles, research and legislation.  The newly updated Infonet will allow program coordinators to edit their program information directly, and upload any news articles or research related to their programs.   Surveys of mental health courts and police based programs have also been updated to gather more detailed information. To use the Infonet, click here