Funding Announcement: FY 2022 Connect and Protect: Law Enforcement Behavioral Health Response Program, JustGrants Deadline June 1, 2022

Through this opportunity, the Bureau of Justice Assistance seeks applications for funding to support law enforcement-behavioral health cross-system collaboration to improve public health and safety responses and outcomes for individuals with mental health disorders and co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. Using a trauma-informed model OJP is also soliciting applicants to develop CVI strategies that include a focus on addressing the impact of community violence on children and youth. The unique needs of children and youth involved in community violence require initiatives that incorporate a variety of different stakeholders, including family, school, and youthspecific community-based organizations (CBOs). Applicants should ensure planning and implementation efforts recognize that children and youth may be engaged in community violence with adults, so there is a need to include a child- and youth-specific focus when designing programs. While similar strategies for both groups may be effective, these strategies should be based on data, including data on juvenile delinquency and school-based data. JustGrants deadline is June 1, 2022.