Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program
Competitive Grant Announcement
The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs is seeking applications for funding for the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program. This program furthers the Department’s mission by increasing public safety through innovative cross-system collaboration for individuals with mental illness who come into contact with the criminal justice system. The department is seeking applications that demonstrate a collaborative project between criminal justice and mental health partners from eligible applicants to plan, implement, or expand a justice and mental health collaboration program.
Any state or local government entity is eligible to apply for the grant. Applicants must register with Grants.gov prior to submitting an application. All applications are due to be submitted and in receipt of a successful validation message in Grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 17, 2016.
For more information about the grant, including details about how much can be awarded and the allowable uses of awarded funds, please review the grant information packet
for more details.
Apply for the Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge
Is public health a priority in
Submit a proposal for the Healthiest Cities and Counties
Challenge! The Challenge aims to
improve measurable health outcomes and promote health, wellness, equity and
social interaction through practical, evidence-based strategies and
cross-sector collaboration.Cities and counties selected to participate in
the Challenge must have strong cross-sector teams focused on public health
issues that reflect community priorities. Challenge participants
that demonstrate measurable results are eligible to win up to
$500,000. The deadline
for submitting a proposal is May 31, 2016 at 5 p.m. EDT. For more information, visit www.healthiestcities.org.
Counties and cities involved in
the Challenge will work to improve residents' health by incorporating health
considerations into policies and practices, developing replicable strategies
that achieve measurable results and creating sustainability by leveraging prize
money from the Challenge with long-term funding sources.
All counties and cities are
eligible to submit a proposal for the Challenge.* There are two tiers of
participants based upon population size.
Tier 1 –
counties and cities with populations between 65,000 and 250,000.
Tier 2 –
counties and cities with populations between 250,001 and 600,000 AND counties
and cities with populations over 600,000 whose proposal targets a segment of
their population that is between 65,000 and 600,000.
and cities with less than the minimum population of 65,000 are also eligible to
submit a proposal if they partner with another county or city and their
combined population is between 65,000 and 600,000.
Cities & Counties Challenge is generously supported by the Aetna
Foundation. The National Association of Counties (NACo) is a partner on the
Challenge along with the American Public Health Association and CEOs for
The deadline to submit a proposal is May 31, 2016 at 5 p.m. EDT. For
more information, visit www.healthiestcities.org. Direct questions to Debbie
Nadzam, Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge Director, at 216.523.7348
ACCG hosted a Water Tour for County Commissioners and County
staff March 30-31, 2016. This was the first ACCG Water Tour in over 10 years.
Over 40 county commissioners and staff
attended along with members of ACCG staff, representatives from UGA's Extension
program and the Georgia Farm Bureau, guest speakers and lecturers from
businesses and organizations across Georgia, and even a state legislator.
Participants traveled together to the Go Fish Georgia Center
in Houston County and learned about the importance of the fishing industry in
the state from Scott Robinson with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
Fishing alone has a more than $1 billion economic impact in Georgia.
After departing and heading to Colquitt County, guests gave
presentations on the bus to pass the time in an educational way. Participants
heard from ACCG Executive Director Ross King, discussing financing available
from the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority, and Associate Legislative
Director Todd Edwards, who covered relevant topics in the legislature this
Shana Jones, Program Manager of the Planning and
Environmental Services Unit at the Carl Vinson Institute of Government,
discussed the Clean Water Act and Watershed Planning. Dr. Gary L. Hawkins also
spoke to the crowd as the Water Resource Management and Policy Specialist with
the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at the University of
Participants enjoyed dinner in Colquitt County and attended
the Sunbelt Ag Expo the next morning. In the farming fields, they listened to
seminars and presentations on farmers’ efforts to conserve water. The long list
of speakers discussed water policies, irrigation systems, the effectiveness of
soil moisture meters, and the importance of public-private partnerships to
control weeds and pests in crops.
The presentations were followed by a luncheon, and the
commissioners received a container of farm-fresh strawberries courtesy of the
Georgia Agribusiness Council. Overall, these elected officials were exposed to
a world many of them have never had personal experience with, and they can use
that knowledge in their decision-making process going forward. Water
conservation is important in Georgia, from the fishing industry to the state’s
agriculture-based economy, and firsthand experience is the best method of education
for these commissioners and chairpersons.
GCIP Spotlight for May: Georgia Tech student interns with the Cobb County Community Development Agency
Stefen Samarripas, a graduate student studying City
and Regional Planning at Georgia Tech, interned with Cobb County as a part of
the 2015 Summer Georgia County Internship Program. Samarripas was hired to
assist the Cobb County’s Community Development Agency in updating the county’s
Before beginning his internship, Samarripas’ knowledge of county government operations did not extend beyond the classroom. Through his
internship, he learned that relationship-building between county departments is
critical to successful planning work. He also gained a better understanding of
how responsibilities are broken down between and within departments.
Samarripas’ main responsibility during his internship was to provide research and gather data
to be used in updating Cobb County’s comprehensive plan. When asked about the
most significant success of his internship, Samarripas replied that identifying
several new sources of data that had not been previously integrated in past
comprehensive plans was particularly prideworthy. His efforts resulted in the
inclusion of new data regarding alternative sources of healthy food, medical
services, price-to-income ratios, soil type, internet access, and health
insurance coverage to support the comprehensive plan. He also successfully
consolidated data into unique geographic sub-regions. After the research and data collection process
ended, Sanarripas created tables, charts and maps to summarize and display the data
From this experience, Samarripas noted that his
research and presentation skills increased substantially. Beyond learning core
research methods and how to obtain important planning-related data, Samarripas
states he learned a great deal about the best ways to present complex data in
an easily understandable fashion. Being able to present and explain data to the
public is a skill Samarripas believes will benefit him in his future planning
For more information on the GCIP, please visit the
ACCG Civic Affairs Foundation website at http://www.civicaffairs.org