​Behavioral Health Justice Intervention Services (BHJIS)


BHJIS provides funding to help local communities address critical intervention points through which individuals with mental and substance use disorders can be diverted from criminal justice involvement.

Funding to support BHJIS was awarded to the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA). DHCS has contracted with Advocates for Human Potential, Inc. (AHP), as the Administrative Entity to assist DHCS in overseeing and implementing the BHJIS Project.


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Grants Awarded

Funding Allocated

BHJIS Awards Announcement

DHCS is pleased to announce the recipients of awards for the BHJIS funding opportunity. This DHCS initiative is a vital step in improving California’s behavioral health systems and services by improving first responder, law enforcement, and other community efforts to address behavioral health crises.

The BHJIS Request for Applications (RFA) resulted in 34 awards totaling more than $14 million in funding for programs to improve the collaborative response to individuals facing mental health or substance use crises and to reduce justice system involvement. Awardees include 6 county behavioral health agencies, 3 city governments, 3 colleges/universities, 7 law enforcement agencies, 1 fire department, 1 county probation agency, 1 state agency, 1 hospital, and 11 nonprofit community-based organizations.

Awardees are listed below.

BHJIS 2022 Awardee List

County Behavioral Health Agencies

County of Santa Barbara Department of Behavioral Wellness | Santa Barbara County | $700,000

Santa Barbara County is proposing a three-pronged approach: 1) support the implementation of a co-response program with the Santa Maria Police Department, 2) create a sustainable Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training program including a Naloxone component, and 3) identify a process for collecting and using data for cross-agency care coordination and program assessment.

Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services - Behavioral Health | Humboldt County | $426,249

DHHS-BH proposes to embed Behavioral Health staff into Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office patrol operations to co-respond to mental health calls. This will allow for a proactive program that emphasizes treatment in the least restrictive manner. The program will provide a wide range of appropriate services, both for immediate crises and follow up.

Merced County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services | Merced County | $700,000

Operating with on-call availability for after-hours and weekends, the CERT will be a team of at least an officer and behavioral health specialist to be deployed to 911 calls to offer mental health assistance, triage, screening, crisis intervention, referrals, and follow up with aftercare within the community.

Riverside University Health System - Behavioral Health | Riverside County | $700,000

College Campus Behavioral Health Crisis Response will partner with college campuses to respond, in collaboration with the campus law enforcement and other emergency response personnel, to behavioral health crises caused by mental health challenges or substance use/misuse, to alleviate acute crisis and divert students from needing emergency psychiatric care or justice interventions.

Sacramento County Forensic Behavioral Health | Sacramento County | $649,732

Project “Warm Handoff” will provide immediate transportation from jails to a community based treatment facility upon release. Behavioral Health Forensics will partner with Sheriff’s Department, Probation, Superior Court, and the District Attorney. Funds will contract peers and clinical staff along with vehicles to provide reentry services to individuals identified as having behavioral health needs upon that person’s release from jail.

San Joaquin County Behavioral Health Services | San Joaquin County | $213,792

BHS and the Stockton Police Department will design a role-clarity resource tool on responding to individuals experiencing a behavioral health crisis. The resource will be integrated into citywide Crisis Intervention Trainings. Officer Wellness Training will be offered and recommendations addressing gaps in the first-responder system will be generated.

County Probation Agency

El Dorado County Probation Department | El Dorado County | $172,960

The proposed capacity building project will develop data collection and sharing mechanisms across partner agencies that will better facilitate a warm hand-off to behavioral health services and help increase referrals into the pre-trial diversion program. The project will result in (1) a process and technology plan that will ultimately enable the county to procure a software developer; and (2) align workflow processes and department practices for the data collection, sharing, and reporting. Goal: Increase connections to treatment, thereby reducing justice system involvement for individuals with substance use disorders (SUD) / serious mental illness (SMI).


San Bernardino County on behalf of Arrowhead Regional Medical Center | San Bernardino County | $180,000

The San Bernardino County Justice Intervention Work Group Project will focus on identifying and building operational plans to improve coordinated care for individuals prior to discharge from the detention centers and state hospitals and align services under Cal AIM and enhanced care management.

City Governments

City of Half Moon Bay | San Mateo County | $180,000

The CARES Program is a collaboration between the City of Half Moon Bay, Sheriff’s Department and the Public Safety Communication Center by developing a community-based response targeting low-risk crisis calls to 911, which will be redirected for a compassionate and dignified response to the CARES team, rather than emergency personnel and law enforcement.

City of Hayward | Alameda County | $389,260

Hayward seeks to demonstrate the Hayward Evaluation and Response Teams (HEART) Program to build capacity for and implement a high-quality trauma-informed, service-appropriate co-responder program that reduces violence and diverts individuals from justice-involvement.

City of Watsonville | Santa Cruz County | $481,327

This project will improve the City of Watsonville’s community safety and wellness with the creation of a multidisciplinary, trauma-informed, holistic, public health-centered, prevention/treatment-focused, socially and racially equitable, co-response system. Substance use/mental health crisis response will be coordinated, comprehensive, and culturally responsive (rather than producing additional trauma/entry into the criminal justice system).

Law Enforcement Agencies

Alhambra Police Department | Los Angeles County | $245,659

Increase capacity of the Alhambra Homeless Outreach Mental Evaluation Team (HOME Team) by adding additional staff to directly connect individuals experiencing mental health crises with services; provide behavioral health training to first responders and engage community stakeholders to divert 9-1-1 calls to HOME Team’s co-response program.

Downey Police Department | Los Angeles County | $409,656

The Downey Police Department, in collaboration with the Los Angeles Department of Mental Health, seeks to partner together to better serve and offer diversion programs to those affected by serious mental illness, substance use disorder, and homelessness.

Fort Bragg Police Department | Mendocino County | $222,348

Fort Bragg Police Department will establish a collaborative partnership between local police and the mental health community to design and implement an integrated mental health response process that avoids the justice system by engaging the most appropriate mental health services for people in need in the community.

Mendocino County Sheriff's Office | Mendocino County | $91,605

To strengthen collaboration between the Sheriff’s Office and community stakeholders with regard to analyzing data and making recommendations for re-entry programs that will help reduce recidivism, especially for populations with behavioral health challenges. Coalition includes:

o Law enforcement agencies
o Tribal governments
o Non-profit agencies serving justice impacted individuals
o Health care sector
o Office of Higher Education
o County Behavioral Health
o Probation/Parole
o Workforce Alliance of Mendocino County

Riverside Sheriff's Department | Riverside County | $670,152

The grant will pay for Clinical Therapists to collaborate during the response to 911 calls. Two-person teams will focus on risk assessment, proper diagnosis, providing resources, services and support.

Vallejo Police Department | Solano County | $286,957

The Vallejo Police Department, with its partners, will conduct a large-scale community needs assessment to track progress and identify gaps in current mental health and substance use crisis response, and develop a co-response service model to ensure Vallejo has access to trauma-informed care for mental health- or substance use-related crises.

Woodland Police Department | Yolo County | $60,000

The Woodland Police Department and the Yolo County Health and Human Services Agency wish to promote effective strategies to identify and reduce the risk of harm to individuals with mental illness or co-occurring mental illness/substance abuse and to increase public safety by expanding the existing successful Co-Responder Clinician Program.

Fire Departments

San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District | Contra Costa County | $390,000

San Ramon Valley Fire will collaboratively design a behavioral health co-responder solution. Project activities include formation of a stakeholder workgroup, enhanced community engagement, creation of a project dashboard, design process using implementation science best practices, provider training, and a creation of an implementation plan that ensures benefit for all stakeholders.


Chaffey Community College District | San Bernardino County | $310,970

The Chaffey College Police Department (CCPD) in collaboration with Mental Health partners will create a School Threat Assessment Crisis Response, called the Higher Education Assessment Team (HEAT). A successful model already proven with similar teams operating throughout the Los Angeles Community College District.

California State University Long Beach Research Foundation | Los Angeles County | $432,965

As a team of case managers and police officers, Campus Assessment and Stabilization Team (CAST) will assess and stabilize crisis situations through a humanistic, trauma-informed approach that will attempt to reduce the need for hospitalizations and use of force while connecting individuals to support services that will sustain their wellbeing.

University of California Santa Cruz | Santa Cruz County | $292,500

The University of California Santa Cruz will be working to develop an improved mental health crisis response program on campus. The program will be developed in collaboration with Campus Police. It will include strategies for a non-law enforcement team that does not require enforcement efforts and can safely transport students to the local behavioral health unit when necessary.

Nonprofit Community Based Organizations

Access Support Network | Monterey County | $541,201

Monterey Community Response Team (CRT) will respond to Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and other mental health crises with compassion and practical solutions by mobilizing community and peer resources alongside law enforcement. CRT will divert people in need toward healthcare and supportive services rather than incarceration, resulting in improved health outcomes and social justice.

Alliance for Community Wellness | Alameda | $516,001

The Alliance for Community Wellness will develop a multidisciplinary Mobile Assessment and Transportation Unit that will co-respond with officers in the community to divert people with mental illness and SUD who are arrested for misdemeanors away from the criminal justice system to a navigation center for respite and supportive services.

Chinatown Service Center | Los Angeles County| $156,630

The Chinatown Service Center (CSC) will provide telehealth iPads to the Monterey Park Police Department, and within two school districts. The tablets will connect directly to CSC clinicians trained in de-escalation, to assist with mental health crises. The purpose is to prevent or reduce risk of justice involvement for youth and adults.

Lags Recovery Centers, Inc. | Santa Barbara County| $565,300

LAGS Recovery Centers, Inc. is providing a mobile mental wellness team to work on the streets of Santa Maria and Lompoc, working alongside local agencies to do wellness checks on individuals experiencing homelessness, including those recently discharged from the ER or hospital, older adults, and youth. The objectives are to reduce the number of crises associated with chronic homelessness in public spaces and increasing wellness.

Mental Health Association of San Francisco (MHASF) | San Francisco County | $530,000

In this partnership with the San Francisco District Attorney’s, Public Defender’s, and San Francisco Jail Health Services, MHASF will provide the “Peer Supported Release & Community Reentry” project. The purpose is to provide peer support to individuals formerly incarcerated in the San Francisco jail, to mitigate and reduce recidivism among individuals with mental health and co-occurring substance use challenges, to integrate participants into the community, and improve their long-term health outcomes.

ONTRACK Program Resources | Sacramento County | $380,908

ONTRACK Program Resources’ Community Health and Justice Project will transform the way Sacramento’s criminal justice, behavioral health and Black community stakeholders work together; reduce Black disproportionality in the Sacramento criminal justice system through strategic Collective Impact process; provide capacity building technical assistance and training; and utilize a data driven approach.

Partners4Wellness | Orange County | $206,700

Orange County Youth Mental Health First Aid project will train 30-50 school-based law enforcement School Resource Offers (SROs) to become mental health advocates. SROs will be trained to provide a warm handoff of students to professional mental health coaches, counselors, and therapists. Two-hundred students will receive professional social emotional support sessions from Licensed Clinical Social Workers.

Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth | Alameda County | $688,000

The purpose of the Safe Outside the System program is to establish a coordinated continuum of care between restorative justice organizations, mental health non-profits, law enforcement, and City of Oakland Department of Violence Prevention to catch individuals in early mental health crisis before they enter the criminal justice system.

Sonoma County Office of Education | Sonoma County | $395,165

Healthy Sonoma will strengthen connection and referral processes between grade 7-12 school personnel, law enforcement, County agencies and community organizations providing behavioral health/substance use services. Cross-agency professional development will be provided. Law enforcement partnerships will reduce incarceration and support school re-entry. Training will increase culturally appropriate responses to student behaviors

Uplift Family Services | Santa Clara County | $700,000

Uplift Family Services, Santa Clara proposes to 1) enhance current county-wide crisis services by building capacity among system partners, particularly law enforcement, first responders, and other community partners; and 2) increase community awareness of mental health and substance use issues to avoid over-utilization of law enforcement and 911 calls.

Uplift Family Services | Solano County | $700,000

Uplift Family Services, Solano proposes to 1) enhance current county-wide crisis services by building capacity among system partners, particularly law enforcement, first responders, and other community partners; and 2) increase community awareness of mental health and substance use issues to avoid over-utilization of law enforcement and 911 calls.

State Agency

California Department of Corrections- Division of Adult Parole Operations | Statewide | $466,500

The Behavioral Health Reintegration (BHR) Unit provides specialized clinical case management services to roughly 13,000 high risk/high need parolees with mental health and substance use issues statewide. The grant award will expand BHR’s capacity to provide more accessible and meaningful client care by augmenting office-based services with field-based ones, including co-responding with parole agents.

Upcoming Events

2nd BHJIS Learning Collaborative – To be scheduled in June 2022…stay tuned for date!

RFA Documents

View copies of the RFA and recordings of presentations related to this funding effort.

RFA Documents