LAW ENFORCEMENT MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS ACT (LEMHWA) PROGRAM

CLOSED:

The Fiscal Year 2021 Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act (LEMHWA) Program closed at 7:59 p.m. EDT on June 9, 2021.

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The Fiscal Year 2021 Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act (LEMHWA) Program funds are used to improve the delivery of and access to mental health and wellness services for law enforcement through the implementation of peer support, training, family resources, suicide prevention, and other promising practices for wellness programs. The FY21 LEMHWA program will fund projects that develop knowledge; increase awareness of effective mental health and wellness strategies; increase the skills and abilities of law enforcement; and increase the number of law enforcement agencies and relevant stakeholders using peer support, training, family resources, suicide prevention, and other promising practices for wellness programs.

The LEMHWA solicitation is open to:


Law Enforcement Agencies

State Law Enforcement Agencies

Federally Recognized Indian tribes and their public agencies

Proposals should be responsive to the solicitation, improve the delivery of and access to mental health and wellness services for law enforcement, and significantly advance peer mentoring mental health and wellness programs within law enforcement agencies across the country. Applicants must identify specific program goals that will be directly accomplished if awarded LEMHWA funding. Detailed descriptions of eligibility and additional solicitation information are available in the LEMHWA solicitation guide.

The Department of Justice is committed to advancing work that promotes civil rights, increases access to justice, supports crime victims, protects the public from crime and evolving threats, and builds trust between law enforcement and the community. Law enforcement plays a vital role in each of these areas, through developing and maintaining meaningful relationships with all segments of their communities, and working in partnership with those communities to provide effective crime prevention, intervention, and response services and resources. For all Fiscal Year 2021 COPS Office grant solicitations, applicants should consider these priorities when applying for COPS Office funding to advance community policing, and address these strategic planning priorities within their applications as applicable.

There is approximately $8 million in funding available through the FY 2021 LEMHWA program. Each award is two years (24 months) in duration for a maximum of $125,000 per award. There is no local match.

The 2021 LEMHWA program will fund projects related to Peer Support Implementation Projects

Detailed descriptions of eligibility, subcategories, and additional solicitation information are available in the LEMHWA Solicitation Guide.

APPLICATION MATERIALS

  • Solicitation Guide
    This solicitation guide includes general information on the administrative and legal requirements governing the COPS Office LEMHWA program as well as detailed program-specific information.
  • Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act: Report to Congress
    This document is the report to Congress on mental health practices and services in the U.S. Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs that could be adopted by federal, state, local, or tribal law enforcement agencies. In addition, this report contains recommendations to Congress on effectiveness of crisis lives for law enforcement officers, efficacy of annual mental health checks for law enforcement officers, expansion of peer mentoring programs, and ensuring privacy considerations for those types of programs.
 

For additional assistance we encourage you to visit the Supplemental Application Materials Page, which includes frequently asked questions, appendices, additional fact sheets, links to webinars, and other resources.