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Funds Available for Mental Health Courts

Funds Available for Mental Health Courts at the Bureau of Justice Assistance

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is now accepting applications for its Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program. This year, funding is available through this program to jurisdictions creating or expanding a mental health court.

The grant program seeks to provide support to justice system agencies partnering with mental health agencies to reduce crime and recidivism
associated with people with mental illnesses and co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. 
Grants are awarded over a period of 36 months beginning October 1, 2021 and are valued at up to $550,000 per award.

Applicants must meet two deadlines as part of a new two-step application process for all Department of Justice grants: 

•    June 22, 2021: The SF-242 and SF-LLL must be submitted to
•    July 6, 2021: The full application must be submitted to JustGrants

New this year, grant applicants must comply with Executive Order 13929 Safe Policing for Safe Communities. See the grant solicitation for details on complying with the order.

Download the Solicitation

Additional Resources for Applicants

Assistance is available on navigating the Department of Justice’s new JustGrants system, including FAQs, an application submission checklist, and recordings of past virtual Q&A sessions. You can access the full library of training resources here.

For technical assistance with submitting the SF-424 and SF- LLL in, contact the Customer Support Hotline at 800-518-4726 or

For technical assistance with submitting the full application in DOJ’s Justice Grants System (JustGrants), contact the JustGrants Service Desk at 833-872-5175 or