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An Academic-based Training Initiative to Improve Police Responses for People with Mental Illness and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Grant to a USA Academic Organization or IHE to Improve Police
Response to Individuals with Mental Illness and Disabilities

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U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)

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Grant to a USA nonprofit, public, or private academic organization or public college or university to provide technical assistance and training to criminal justice and law enforcement agencies. The purpose of the grant program is to improve responses to individuals with mental illness and intellectual and developmental disabilities. Applicants are advised to complete registrations and submit applications well in advance of the deadline.

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is seeking applications for funding An Academic-based Training Initiative to Improve Police Responses for People with Mental Illness and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. This program furthers the Department’s mission by providing training and technical assistance (TTA) to law enforcement and other criminal justice agencies and their behavioral health service partners to improve responses and reduce crime and recidivism associated with people who have mental illnesses and intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Program-Specific Information

This initiative focuses on developing academic-based, transdisciplinary crisis intervention training to educate, train, and prepare law enforcement officers so that they are equipped to appropriately interact with people who have MI and IDD in the course of completing their job responsibilities. This training should be developed by an institution of higher education, in conjunction with health care professionals, to provide crisis intervention training that will focus on understanding mental and behavioral health, developing empathy, navigating community resources, and de-escalation skills and practical application training of those skills for all first responders. This grant program will serve as a pilot program, establishing best practices for law enforcement agencies.

Note: Applicants must collaborate with other BJA cooperative agreement recipients in order to better service the training needs of local communities; they are expected to coordinate and collaborate only after awards have been made.

The overall purpose of the academic-based training initiative is to enhance and increase crisis training and support to states, tribes, and county and local jurisdictions through a pilot program. 

Objective: Develop, enhance, and implement crisis intervention team/crisis response training for law enforcement and first responders that is based in academia and transdisciplinary.

For a list of deliverables and activities related to the above objective, see:

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GrantWatch ID#: 186637

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Estimated maximum dollar amount for each award up to $2,254,000.

Term of Contract:

Period of performance start date is January 1, 2020.
Period of performance duration is 36 Months.


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are public or private academic organizations, nonprofit academic organizations (including tribal nonprofit organizations), and public universities and colleges (including tribal institutions of higher education).

Academic-based applicants must demonstrate experience working in a law enforcement training environment and with local governments, law enforcement agencies, state and county mental and behavioral health systems, organizations serving people with mental illness and intellectual and developmental disabilities, and criminal justice systems. Applicants must exhibit an understanding of such systems and organizations, their operation, organizational structure, culture, and environment.

All recipients and subrecipients (including any for-profit organization) must forgo any profit or management fee.

BJA will consider applications under which two or more entities would carry out the federal award; however, only one entity may be the applicant. Any others must be proposed as subrecipients (subgrantees).

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline Details Applicants must register with at prior to submitting an application. All applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on October 4, 2019.

To be considered timely, an application must be submitted by the application deadline using, and the applicant must have received a validation message from that indicates successful and timely submission. OJP urges applicants to submit applications at least 72 hours prior to the application due date, to allow time for the applicant to receive validation messages or rejection notifications from, and to correct in a timely fashion any problems that may have caused a rejection notification.

Prior to Registering in, applicants must:

- Acquire a DUNS Number (see the OJP Grant Application Resource Guide)
- Acquire or renew registration with SAM

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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TTY: 301–240–6310 (hearing impaired only)
Fax: 301–240–5830
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