Limited Submission: A National Training and Technical Assistance Initiative to Improve Law Enforcement-Based Responses to People with Mental Health Disorders and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities


The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is seeking applications for the National Training and Technical Assistance Initiative to Improve Law Enforcement-Based Responses to People with Mental Health Disorders and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. This program furthers the Department’s priorities by providing training and technical assistance to law enforcement and other criminal justice agencies and their partner mental health and substance abuse authorities to improve responses and reduce crime and recidivism associated with people with mental illnesses and intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Please read the full program announcement before preparing your internal application.

Award Amount

BJA expects that it will make 1 award of up to $6,300,000.


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

Competitive applicants will demonstrate national level experience with providing training and technical assistance (TTA) to law enforcement agencies as well as organizations/agencies that serve people with mental illnesses (MI), people with co-occurring mental illnesses and substance abuse (CMISA), and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

This demonstrated expertise should include: 1) facilitating organizational strategic planning and 2) providing TTA to states, counties, tribes, law enforcement agencies, mental health authorities and other behavioral health service providers. In particular, the applicant must have demonstrated experience in working with states and/or local governments, law enforcement and mental health systems, organizations serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, criminal justice systems and an understanding of such systems and organizations, their operation, organizational structure, culture, and environment. Applicants, other than a national law enforcement organization, must demonstrate partnership with a national law enforcement organization, through contract, MOU or other formal agreement, as a requirement for consideration.

BJA welcomes applications under which two or more entities would carry out the federal award, such as to construct a consortium, however, only one agency is responsible for the submission of the application in The applicant must be the entity that would have primary responsibility for carrying out the award, including administering the funding and managing the entire project. Under this solicitation, only one application by any particular applicant entity will be considered. Any others must be proposed as subrecipients (“subgrantees”)1 . An entity may, however, be proposed as a subrecipient (subgrantee) in more than one application.

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

Selection Criteria
  • Description of the Issue (15 percent)
  • Project Design and Implementation (40 percent)
  • Capabilities and Competencies (30 percent)
  • Plan for Collecting the Data required for this Solicitation’s Performance Measures (5 percent)
  • Budget (10 percent)

Please read through all review criteria on page 31 of the solicitation.

Limitation Details

An Institution may submit one proposal.

If you are interested in submitting for this program, you must first submit an internal application to according to the required instructions below.

Internal Applications must include the following:
  • A cover page listing
    • The name of this funding opportunity and title of your proposal
    • Your name, UGA position, home department, email, and UGA contact information
    • Collaborator names, positions, and institutions (if any)
    • Indicate whether or not you have submitted to this program in the past. If so, please provide a copy of the review at the end of the internal application.
  • A (maximum two-page) proposal summary that addresses the program’s specific selection criteria.
  • One paragraph describing why this proposal should be UGA’s submission (i.e., why it will be the most competitive for this program)
  • Curriculum vitae
Internal Selection

Limited Submission announcements often generate multiple competing proposals.  UGA reviewers judge proposals as they would in any peer review process, so PIs are urged to put their best foot forward.  Along with typical criteria, reviewers will evaluate internal proposals based on their fit with the sponsor’s articulated goals and criteria.

Internal Submission Instructions

The above internal application materials should be submitted via email as a single .PDF file to by the internal deadline listed above.


Please submit questions regarding the internal competition to

For questions directly related to this program, please contact:

  • National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center
  • 1-800–851–3420

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