Aug. 5, 2002 – The V.I. government and its Territorial Court are invited to apply for funding from the federal Bureau of Justice Assistance for the Mental Health Courts program. "The local government applies for it," Brian Modeste, an aide to Delegate to Congress Donna M. Christensen, said Monday.
According to a press release from the delegate's office, the program provides judicial supervision and mental health treatment for misdemeanor and nonviolent offenders with diagnosed mental illness or mental retardation. The offenders' progress will be tracked, and they will receive supervision for job training, housing and health care.
The program is to fund projects that seek to mobilize communities to implement innovative collaborative efforts to bring about systemwide improvements to the way the needs of adult offenders with mental disabilities or illness are addressed.
Applicants have until Sept. 13 to apply. Applications are available on the Internet at the Bureau of Justice Web site or by calling (800) 688-4252.
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