House Includes $10 Million for the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Program

This information is from the Consensus Project.

On June 11, the U.S. House of Representatives Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) subcommittee marked up its 2008 appropriations bill. In the bill, the House reserves $10 million for mental health courts and adult and juvenile collaboration program grants authorized by the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act.

Representatives William Delahunt (D-MA), Jim Ramstad (R-MN) and Patrick Kennedy (D-RI), worked closely with colleagues to ensure continued funding for the program in FY08. Other key supporters include Representatives Grace Napolitano (D-CA), Sue Myrick (R-NC) and James Langevin (D-RI).

The grant program, called the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program, is administered by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), and provides support to states to improve collaboration between criminal justice and mental health agencies. The program received $5 million in FY06 and FY07.

Two other criminal justice programs included in the House appropriations bill are the Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) program, which is slated to receive $600 million (an $80 million increase over last year’s funding level), and the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program, which is funded at $725 million (compared to $542 million in FY07). Additionally, $40 million is included for the Drug Courts program and $10 million for the Residential Substance Abuse Treatment program. The full text of the bill and committee report will not be made public until next week after the full committee mark-up.

The Senate Commerce, Justice, Science Subcommittee will consider its FY08 appropriations bill later in the summer. For more information on FY08 appropriations click here or contact Sara Paterni.