Developing a Mental Health Court: An Interdisciplinary Curriculum

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The Utah Association of Counties Explores Solutions to Reduce Recidivism

By Will Engelhardt, Policy Analyst In January 2014, the Utah Association of Counties invited national experts to lead a training event on recidivism reduction for its members. Council of State Governments Justice Center (CSG Justice Center) Director Michael Thompson and [...]

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Mental Health Court Curriculum Highlighted at Alabama Event

On February 12, 2014, Council of State Governments Justice Center staff led two training sessions on the Mental Health Court Curriculum at the Alabama Association of Drug Court Professionals Annual Training event in Montgomery.

Congress Unveils Bill Funding Key Justice Programs

On January 13, 2014 the House and Senate appropriators released the $1 trillion omnibus federal spending package, which includes a $51.6 billion Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) appropriations bill.


National Alliance on Mental Illness

Ask the Doctor Teleconference on Mental Health Courts

This latest installment of NAMI’s Ask the Doctor teleconference series features a discussion about mental health courts with Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren of the 17th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida (Broward County).

National Symposium on the Reduction of Crime

Co-hosted by the National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute and the National District Attorneys Association, this symposium will discuss the decreasing crime trend in the past 20 years that partly resulted from innovative policing and prosecutorial strategies.



Youthful Offenders – DC Public Safety Television

This video, aired on DC Public Safety Television and produced by Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency for the District of Columbia (CSOSA) and the Office of Cable Television, provides an overview of CSOSA’ efforts to implement best practices for [...]


Mental Health Courts Research Roundup: Applying Research to Practice

This webinar, held on March 26th, 2013, provided an overview of emerging research about mental health courts and discussed its implications for mental health court practitioners and policymakers. During the webinar, mental health court researchers shared their findings and facilitated [...]


Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program Applicants

On January 24, 2013, the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) released Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) grant applications. On February 19, 2013, the Council of State Governments Justice Center (CSG Justice Center) hosted a webinar [...]


Evidence-based Pretrial Release: Final Paper

This paper from the Conference of State Court Administrators provides information on how the use of evidence-based assessments during pretrial can help reduce the number of individuals who are detained in the pretrial, without violating the judicial process or compromising public safety interests.

Recent Headlines

Tool Helps Match Offenders at Risk or Recidivism to Support Programs

Topeka-Capital Journal By Corey Jones Officials with the Kansas Judicial Branch are touting the statewide implementation of an offender assessment tool targeted at snapping the cycle of relapse criminals and integrating them successfully into the community. The Kansas Supreme Court [...]

Senate advances revamped bail system

A key state Senate committee advanced a bill Tuesday that would have the state eventually rely on a computer system to determine who gets released from jail after arrest and who has to post bail. The computerized “risk assessment tool” would decide which offenders would have to wait to see a judge about bail, and would replace the state’s current two-step system that relies on court commissioners to make that call.

Drug courts making a much needed comeback

Massachusetts’ Governor Patrick recently proposed funding to a new set of legal resources designed to address these issues. Drug Courts that have existed in various forms for many years just received support for five new courts in the Commonwealth. These “Problem Solving Courts” are staffed with social workers and other treatment professionals who work with probation officers and judges to structure necessary treatment programs for those who, because of their illness, are not currently capable of engaging in these programs themselves.

Panel proposes changes to new jersey bail system

Criminal defendants in New Jersey would be held or released based on the risk they pose, rather than merely their ability to pay, under major changes to the state’s bail system proposed by a panel led by the chief justice of New Jersey’s Supreme Court.