Office of Justice Initiatives

The Office of Justice Initiatives provides targeted public safety programs to reduce incarceration and to offer meaningful alternative services to the county’s vulnerable population affected by varied mental, health, and behavioral challenges.  

Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program 

 The Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP) identifies individuals at a high risk of overdose and diverts them away from the criminal justice system. The program’s main goal is harm reduction by rapid referrals, substance use disorder treatment, and wrap-around service provision. Please contact Integrated Addiction Care at 901-649-6284 for more information. 

Justice Assistance Grants (JAG)

Through the U.S. Department of Justice JAG Program, OJI is able to administer critical funding to support a range of program areas including crime prevention, community corrections, technology improvement, and crisis intervention teams.

FY23 Justice Assistance Grant

Certified as a "Disparate Jurisdiction," the City of Memphis, along with Shelby County, Tennessee, are submitting a joint application for funds in the amount of $1,143,055 as allocated under the FY2023 Local Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program. 

As so prescribed by the JAG guidelines, and by mutual consent, Shelby County is designated as the applicant/fiscal agency for the program. Together the entities have collaborated on a program that provides for the prevention and control of crime for our citizens. 

Shelby County is required to make the application available to the public and provide an opportunity for citizens and neighborhood or community organizations to comment. 

The consolidated application of Memphis and Shelby County is available for comment. The consolidated application is available to review by request at the 2nd Floor of 160 North Main Street, Suite 250. The application will be available during business hours from 8am Friday, August 11th, to 4:30pm Friday, August 18th.  Thank you.

Juvenile Evening Reporting Centers

Through a partnership with Shelby County Schools, the reporting centers provide varied programming to cultivate positive social relationships, set academic goals, and develop career readiness skills. The reporting centers also function as an alternative placement to juvenile detention to discourage future delinquent acts from youths who have already entered the juvenile justice system. For more information, please contact Toria Brown, Manager of The Pursuit Center, at 901-416-2670 (office) or 901-257-8144 (work cell).

Shelby Connects Network 

Via a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) System of Care (SOC) grant, the Shelby County Office of Justice Initiatives (OJI) manages the Shelby Connects Network (SCN). SAMHSA is executed by The University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center (UTHSC). The 4-year collaborative agreement created the needed infrastructure to improve access to mental health and behavioral health services and provide support for youth 21 and under and their families. Using a “no wrong door” approach to care, SAMHSA SOC is part of an evidence-based model used for diverse populations from around the country. For more information, please contact Beverly Davis at 901-448-4200. 

Youth and Family Resource Center

The mission of the Youth and Family Resource Center is to provide a safe place to guide and serve youth, aged 13 to 17 years old. Youth and Family Resource Center will strive to prevent and divert youth from entering or progressing further into the juvenile justice system by helping them to overcome trauma and build resilience. Therefore, the Youth and Family Resource Center will serve as a central point of contact to connect our youth clients to tailored supportive resources in the home, school, and community. Please contact the Youth and Family Resource Center at 901-222-4322.

  1. Office of Justice Initiatives

    Physical Address
    160 N. Main
    Suite 250
    Memphis, TN 38103