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Programs That Support Behavioral Health

NCJ Number
Date Published
May 2022
5 pages

This Fact Sheet of the U.S Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) presents summary descriptions of BJA programs that support state, local, and tribal efforts to provide effective behavioral health services to their communities.


The Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program supports the planning, implementation, and improvement of adult drug courts, including healing to wellness courts. The Collaborative Crisis Response and Intervention Training Program funds the implementation of transdisciplinary crisis response training for law enforcement and corrections officers to interact appropriately with people who have behavioral health conditions. The BJA Visiting Fellows Program invests in the development of criminal justice practitioners and researchers through 24-month fellowships for persons who focus on important policy and programmatic contributions in criminal justice. The Community-Based Violence Intervention and Prevention Initiative aims to prevent and reduce violent crime in communities by supporting comprehensive, evidence-based violence intervention and prevention programs. The Community Courts Initiative provides resources to establish and improve community courts, which are neighborhood-focused court programs that combine resources of the community and justice system to address local problems. Other BJA programs that facilitate improvement in behavioral health though criminal justice programs are the Connect and Protect: Law Enforcement Behavioral Health Response Program; the Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Site-based Program; the Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation;  the Field Initiated: Encouraging Innovation; Improving Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Outcomes for Adults in Reentry Programs; the Harold Rogers Prescription Drug Monitoring Program; Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program; the Kevin and Avonte Program: Reducing Injury and Death of Missing Individuals with Dementia and Developmental Disabilities; Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for State Prisoners Training and Technical Assistance Program; Residential Substance Abuse Treatment for State Prisoners Program; the Veterans Treatment Court Discretionary Grant Program; and Veterans Treatment Court Risk and Need Enhancement Initiative.