Hoeven: DOJ Awards $150,000 to Burleigh County Sheriff's Office to Reduce the Prevalence of Individuals with Mental Disorders in Jail

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven, who serves on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Bureau of Justice Assistance has awarded $150,000 to the Burleigh County Sheriff’s office to help improve public safety. The funds are made available through the DOJ’s Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program, which facilitates collaboration between the criminal justice, mental health, substance abuse and juvenile justice systems to increase access to mental health treatment services.

“It’s important for us to support individuals living with mental disorders while also making sure that North Dakota’s communities are safe,” Hoeven said. “Today’s grant will support efforts to help reduce the number of mentally ill people in local jails by creating a collaboration between law enforcement and mental health agencies so that these individuals can receive the help they need.”