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Bureau of Justice Assistance Announces 2008 Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Grants

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), U.S. Department of Justice, has released its solicitation for fiscal year 2008 applications for Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program grants. Grant applicants should demonstrate that their programs increase public safety through innovative cross-system collaborations that improve responses to people with mental illnesses who come into contact with the criminal justice system. Eligible applicants are states, units of local government, Indian tribes, and tribal organizations. Types of grants include Planning, Planning and Implementation, and Implementation and Expansion. For more information, visit the Bureau of Justice Assistance website. To apply for this and other US government grants, visit If you have questions, contact Ruby Qazilbash at (202) 305-6982 or Ruby.Qazilbash@usdoj.govThe deadline for applications is May 6, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

SAMSHA Announces 2008 Jail Diversion and Trauma Recovery Grants

The Center for Mental Health Services at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for fiscal year 2008 Jail Diversion and Trauma Recovery Program - Priority to Veterans grants. The purpose of this program is to support local implementation and statewide expansion of trauma-integrated jail diversion programs to reach the growing number of individuals with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and trauma related disorders involved in the justice system. In recognition of the dramatically higher prevalence of trauma related illnesses among veterans, this program will prioritize eligibility for veterans. Visit the SAMHSA website for more information and an application. If you have program-related questions, contact David Morrissette at (240) 276-1912  or If you have grants management questions, contact Gwendolyn Simpson at (240) 276-1408 or   The deadline for applications is May 8, 2008.

Senate Judiciary Committee Approves MIOTCRA Reauthorization

On March 6th, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Reauthorization and Improvement Act (MIOTRCA). The bill, which has already passed the House of Representatives, will now go before the full Senate. MIOTCRA authorizes funding for grants programs through the Bureau of Justice Assistance which support a variety of mental health and criminal justice collaborations, including CIT and mental health courts.

Kansas Public Radio Story on CIT Features NAMI Kansas 

Kansas Public Radio’s Brian Thompson reported on the benefits of CIT to residents of Johnson County. The story features interviews with Rick Cagan, Executive Director of NAMI Kansas, and Wichita police officer John Ryan. The story offers an officer’s perspective on an encounter with a person with mental illness, and describes the extent of the problem that officers face. CIT exists in Johnson County in Kansas, and is planned for Wichita. To listen to the story, visit the Kansas Public Radio website.