Sending Office: Honorable Robert C. “Bobby” Scott
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Support Funding for the

Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program

Current signers (37): Beyer, Bonamici, Brownley, Butterfield, Carson, Castor, Chu, Cicilline, Clarke, Cohen, D. Collins, Cummings, D. Davis, DeFazio, DeSaulnier, Ellison, Foster, Frankel,  Jayapal, H. Johnson, Kennedy, Lance,
Lewis, Loftgren, Lowenthal, Lynch, McGovern, Napolitano K. Rice, Sewell, Sires, Schakowsky, A. Smith, Swalwell, Torres, Walz, Yarmuth


Dear Colleague,

Please join us in supporting continued funding for the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act (MIOTCRA), which promotes public safety and community health by facilitating collaboration among the
criminal justice, juvenile justice, mental health treatment, and substance use treatment systems to ensure those with mental illnesses receive the treatment and help they need.

Each year, there are an estimated two million people with serious mental illnesses admitted to jails across the nation. That’s equivalent to the entire population of either West Virginia, New Mexico, or Nebraska. About three-quarters of these adults also
have substance use issues. Once incarcerated, individuals with mental illnesses tend to stay longer in jail and upon release are at a higher risk of returning to incarceration than those without these illnesses.

The Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program—authorized under MIOTCRA and reauthorized under the 21st Century Cures Act—ensures our criminal justice and mental health systems have the funds they need to serve some of our nation’s
most vulnerable individuals.
State and local governments can use the grants for a broad range of activities, including establishing law enforcement and mental health collaborations; trainings for local law enforcement to help them identify and improve
their responses to people experiencing a mental health crisis; diversion and alternative to prosecution programs, such as mental health courts, to appropriately divert people from incarceration and connect them to community-based care; mental health and substance
use treatment for individuals who are incarcerated or involved in the criminal justice system; community reentry services; and cross-training of criminal justice, law enforcement, and mental health personnel.  

Please help us address this critical public health and safety issue by signing the attached FY 2019 funding letter. By doing so, we will help law enforcement and corrections officials whose jails, prisons, and juvenile detention facilities have, by default,
become our country’s largest mental health institutions. Please contact Jon Ferro in Rep. Collins office at  or Aamra Ahmad in Rep. Scotts office at  by COB Wednesday, March 14 to sign the letter or for any additional information.



Doug Collins                                                                                       Robert C. “Bobby” Scott

Member of Congress                                                                          Member of Congress                                     




Leonard Lance                                                                                    Norma Torres

Member of Congress                                                                          Member of Congress