KNOXVLLE, Tenn. On October 13, 2023, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Tennessee announced $200,000 in Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) funding for Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act (LEMHWA) Program.
The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services was created through the passage of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 to advance the practice of community policing by the nation’s state, local, territorial, and tribal law enforcement agencies through information, technical assistance, training, and grant resources. The COPS Office is headed by a Director appointed by the Attorney General, and is organized into directorates, comprising key operational divisions and several functional areas.
Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act (LEMHWA) 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 2023 LEMHWA program funded 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 awards announced above are being made as part of the regular end-of-fiscal year cycle. Additional information about FY23 awards can be found on COPS’s website here: https://cops.usdoj.gov/grants. For a complete list of the LEMHWA awards, please click on this link: https://cops.usdoj.gov/pdf/2023AwardDocs/lemhwa/award_list.pdf.