Funding of Collaborative Justice Courts In California

California collaborative justice courts (CJC) receive funding from federal, state, and local sources. The Judicial Council of California Collaborative Justice Program is a key partner in the administration of many of these statewide grant initiatives.

Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) Information Sheet
Proposition 63, the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA), was passed in 2004 to help expand mental health service accessibility statewide, with funding generated from a 1 percent surtax on incomes above one million dollars. Since mental health impacts case types throughout the court, including family law, dependency, juvenile justice, and adult criminal cases, use of MHSA funds may be appropriate to support a wide range of court programs.

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Since 1996 federal funding has been available annually for drug courts and other collaborative justice courts through the Byrne Fund and the Juvenile Accountability Block Grant (JABG) programs. The Judicial Council administers these pass-through grants, which provide funds for 15 to 30 collaborative justice courts each year. This program funds juvenile delinquency, dependency, family drug courts, youth/peer courts, juvenile violence and juvenile mental health courts, and restorative justice projects. JABG funding is also used to develop a statewide system of juvenile collaborative justice court programs and to support restorative justice practices in the juvenile justice system.

Collaborative Justice Courts Substance Abuse Focus Grant Program and Dependency Drug Court Augmentation

The Collaborative Justice Courts Substance Abuse Focus Grant (SAFG) Program is a non-competitive grant program available to all local collaborative justice court programs that have a substance abuse focus and incorporate collaborative justice court principles. It has been funded annually through California’s Budget Act since 1998. The final allocation is $1.16 million for California collaborative justice and drug court projects. Individual grant awards are calculated using a Judicial Council approved formula, and are anticipated to be approximately $12,000 - $45,000 depending on the number of qualifying applicants. We also invite courts to apply for supplemental funds to support dependency drug courts. A total of up to $75,000 of federal Court Improvement Project (CIP) funds is anticipated to be available and to be divided amongst all eligible dependency drug courts who wish to receive this additional funding. Please see the Request for Application (RFA) documents for additional details.

For questions and information about these grants, please email