The first type of grant that the program allows is for “sequential intercept mapping”, which would show the points at which the criminal justice system and the mental health care system intersect and overlap. Recipients would also be able to use these grants to take action based on these findings, for things like the hiring and training of specialized staff, or for community supervision programs.
The bill also includes a section on veterans with mental health issues in the criminal justice system. It would allow grants for “veterans’ treatment court programs,” court-supervised programs that could provide veterans with treatment instead of jail time.
Grants for improving prison and jail’s mental health care facility are also made available under the bill. The grants would be available for improving prison staffs’ ability to identify people with mental health disorders, providing support for these people while they transitioned out of incarceration and developing alternatives to solitary confinement for people with mental health disorders. The bill also allows grants for police training and comes with procedures on how to ensure the grants are being used correctly.