News & Events


The News & Events page provides CJMHSA Reinvestment applicants and grantees with upcoming funding opportunities, webinars, and community events.

Funding Opportunities:

Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program FY 2018

Application deadline: May 29, 2018

The Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program supports cross-system collaboration to improve responses and outcomes for individuals with mental illnesses or co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse who come into contact with the justice system. This contact can occur because a crime was committed, or because law enforcement officers were first responders to a call for service involving a person with mental illness but in which no crime was committed. This program supports public safety and violence reduction through service partnerships that enhance and increase law enforcement responses to people with mental illnesses and co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse.

Mental Health Awareness Training Grants

Application deadline: June 8, 2018

SAMHSA, Center for Mental Health Services is accepting applications for fiscal year 2018 Mental Health Awareness Training grants. The purpose of this program is to:

1. Train individuals (e.g., school personnel, emergency first responders, law enforcement, Veterans, armed services members, and their families) to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental disorders, particularly serious mental illness (SMI) and/or serious emotional disturbance (SED);
2. Establish linkages with school- and/or community-based mental health agencies to refer individuals with the signs or symptoms of mental illness to appropriate services;
3. Train emergency services personnel, Veterans, law enforcement, fire department personnel, and others to identify persons with a mental disorder and employ crisis de-escalation techniques; and
4. Educate individuals about resources that are available in the community for individuals with a mental disord

SAMHSA Assertive Community Treatment Grants 

Application deadline: May 29, 2018

The purpose of the Assertive Community Treatment grant is to establish, expand and maintain Assertive Community Treatment programs. The Assertive Community Treatment Model provides around-the-clock support in the form of teams who are available to respond to a home or other setting and avoid crises caused by the symptoms of SMI.


SAMHSA funding opportunities can be found here.



For information regarding the most recent CJMHSA TAC quarterly webinar, please visit: CJMHSA TAC Quarterly Updates.



Landmark Florida Legislation Sets New Standard for Data Collection and Transparency

Florida Governor Rick Scott signed legislation on March 30 making Florida the first in the country to require all of its counties to collect data pertaining to courts, jails, policing, and prisons in a statewide system that is publicly accessible.

What are Florida's Laws Surrounding Mental Health and Gun Access?

Here & Now's Robin Young speaks with Steven Leifman, a judge for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court of Florida, who says it's very hard to get on that list. Leifman also advises the Florida Supreme Court on criminal justice and mental health.

 Fresh Start Consumer Network of Florida

Consumer Network Times Newsletter, January-February 2018