Justice Department awards $4.5M in mental health grants

Justice Department awards $4.5M in mental health grants
Shutterstock

The Department of Justice’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) recently awarded $4.5 million in Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act Program grants to 41 agencies.

“As a law enforcement professional with over 50 years of experience, I know firsthand the pressures that accompany this most noble profession,” Phil Keith, COPS Office director, said. “This Department of Justice is committed to protecting the health and wellness of a police department’s most valuable asset – the men and women that leave their homes every day with a mission to protect and serve. The grants announced today will provide departments with key mental health and wellness services.”

The program provides funding for the access to and delivery of mental health and wellness services for state, tribal, and local law enforcement agencies. This can be provided through suicide prevention programs, demonstration projects, training and technical assistance, and the implementation of practices related to peer mentoring mental health and wellness.

Congress authorized the COPS Office to establish peer mentoring mental health and wellness pilot programs as part of the Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act of 2017.

The COPS Office has awarded grants to more than 13,000 state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies since 1994.

1599741056