Monday, March 10, 2008

Collaborative Grants Available

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. The program was authorized by the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act of 2004 (MIOTCRA) and promotes coordination among criminal justice, juvenile justice, mental health, and substance abuse agencies.

The deadline for applications is May 6, 2008 at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Visit the BJA website to download the applicant eligibility requirements, instructions on registering for the online grant application system, and other application materials.

Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to increasing 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.

1 comment:

Mac said...

Speaking of new program opportunities, your readers might be interested in the announcement below.

Mac Prichard
Portland, Oregon

Special March 20 Web Conference
for All Reclaiming Futures Applicants

Reclaiming Futures® changed the way juvenile courts in 10 pilot sites help teens with drug and alcohol problems. A new national dissemination program supported by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is spreading the Reclaiming Futures approach to up to six new communities this year through a learning collaborative that shares resources, improves data collection and utilization and promotes new standards of practice. No grant funds will be awarded, but successful applicants will receive a technical assistance package valued at $180,000.

Want to become a Reclaiming Futures site in 2008? Join us for a live one-hour web conference at 1:30pm EDT, on Thursday, March 20.

This session offers an excellent opportunity to talk to the staff of the Reclaiming Futures National Program Office about the current call for proposals and learn more about the selection process. See below for instructions on how to joining the web conference. The proposal deadline is April 1, 2008.

Frequently asked questions and answers about the Reclaiming Futures application process are posted on our website. Don't see an answer to your question? Please contact Jim Carlton at 503-725-8954 or by email at

The complete call for proposals is available at Learn more about the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation at and Reclaiming Futures at

Instructions for March 20

To take part in the free web conference, visit a few minutes before the meeting start time. The meeting number is 577 407 494. The password is reclaiming.

Once you're logged-in, you'll get a "Join Teleconference" pop-up form. The first field asks you to "select a phone." Please ignore that box and go the next (and last) box which simply asks for your "Number." Type in your telephone number, including area code, and click "submit." You will receive a phone call immediately thereafter connecting you to the audio portion.

Note: If you do not have a direct line (if you have an extension in your number) this call back feature will not work. In this case close the "Join Teleconference" window and manually dial 866-469-3239. You will then be asked for a meeting number. The meeting number is: 577 407 494

If you encounter difficulty getting into the meeting, please call Tech Support: 1-866-863-3904. After you're connected choose option #4. Then choose option #1.

Reclaiming Futures
Portland State University
Portland, Oregon 97207-0751