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House of Representatives Includes $10 Million for Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Program in 2008 Appropriations Bill July 1, 2007

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On June 11, the U.S. House of Representatives Commerce, Justice, Science subcommittee marked up its 2008 appropriations bill. In the bill, the House reserved $10 million for mental health courts and adult and juvenile criminal justice and mental health 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 their colleagues to ensure continued funding for the program in fiscal year 2008 (FY08). Other key supporters included 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, Bureau of Justice Assistance, and provides support to states to improve collaboration among 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 program, which is slated to receive $600 million (an $80 million increase compared to FY07), and the Community Oriented Policing Services program, which is funded at $725 million (an $183 increase compared to FY07). The bill also included $40 million in appropriations 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 after the full committee mark-up.

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

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