The National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice at Policy Research Associates, Inc., and the Technical Assistance Collaborative, Inc. are pleased to announce that applications are being accepted for Improving Diversion Policies and Programs for Justice-Involved Youth with Behavioral Health Disorders: An Integrated Policy Academy-Action Network Initiative. The goal of this effort is to improve policies and programs for diverting youth with behavioral health needs from the juvenile justice system to appropriate community-based services. It is expected that the development of more effective diversion policies and programs will result in more appropriate use of behavioral health and juvenile justice services and better outcomes for youth. This initiative is made possible with support from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Applications for the 2014-15 Policy Academy-Action Network Initiative are due February 28, 2014 and can be downloaded as either a PDF document or a Microsoft Word file.