Mental Health

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Obama Supports ‘Second Chances’ for People Convicted of Nonviolent Offenses

Obama Supports ‘Second Chances’ for People Convicted of Nonviolent Offenses

After commuting the sentences of 46 people convicted of nonviolent drug crimes earlier in the week, President Barack Obama said in a major speech on July 14 at the NAACP that it was time to reduce sentences for people convicted of nonviolent crimes generally and to invest in helping formerly incarcerated people reenter society.

Bexar County Awarded Grant to Provide Attorneys to People with Mental Illnesses

Bexar County Awarded Grant to Provide Attorneys to People with Mental Illnesses

The Texas Indigent Defense Commission—chaired by Sharon Keller, presiding judge on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals—unanimously approved a $600,000 grant to be dispersed over four years for the Bexar County (San Antonio) Public Defender’s Office to provide attorneys at the initial court hearings of people who are indigent and have mental illnesses.

Announcements

Apply Now: Senior Policy Advisor for Corrections and Reentry, Bureau of Justice Assistance

Apply Now: Senior Policy Advisor for Corrections and Reentry, Bureau of Justice Assistance

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) of the U.S. Department of Justice is now accepting applications for a Senior Policy Advisor for Corrections and Reentry. The selected candidate will oversee the implementation of the Second Chance Act and BJA’s reentry efforts, which include program and policy development and significant collaborative work with federal partners and the Federal Interagency Reentry Council.

Webinars

Risk Need Responsivity 101: A Primer for SCA and JMHCP Grant Recipients

Risk Need Responsivity 101: A Primer for SCA and JMHCP Grant Recipients

This webinar provides foundational knowledge on RNR as well as guidance on understanding and implementing risk assessment tools as a way to direct resources and support recidivism-reduction strategies for criminal justice and social service agencies, practitioners, and policymakers.

Responding to the 2015 JMHCP Grant Program

Responding to the 2015 JMHCP Grant Program

In this webinar BJA representatives provide an overview of the JMHCP solicitation, discuss eligibility and application materials, and lead a question and answer session.

Improving Outcomes for Court-Involved Youth with Co-Occurring Disorders

Improving Outcomes for Court-Involved Youth with Co-Occurring Disorders

This webinar provides an overview of three briefs that were recently published by National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges on the treatment of co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders among youth.

Working with Youth in the Juvenile Justice System

Working with Youth in the Juvenile Justice System

This webinar discusses the unique characteristics of youth with disabilities who are involved with the justice system and the implications of those characteristics when providing services within a secure care setting.

Publications

Mental Health Screening in Juvenile Justice Services

Mental Health Screening in Juvenile Justice Services

Using results from a 51-jurisdiction survey, this brief from the National Center for Juvenile Justice provides an overview of standardized mental health screening tools that are required at the state-level in juvenile detention, probation, and correction settings.

Racial/Ethnic Differences in Mental Health Service Use among Adults

Racial/Ethnic Differences in Mental Health Service Use among Adults

Adults who are white, American Indian or Alaska Native, or identify as two or more races are more likely to use mental health services than any other ethnicity, according to this report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

The Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline: The Girls’ Story

The Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline: The Girls’ Story

The report examines the sexual abuse to prison pipeline for girls, a phenomenon in which sexual abuse experienced by girls is one of the primary predictors of their involvement with the juvenile justice system.

Recent headlines

How This County Program Keeps Mental Health Patients Out of Jail and In Treatment

Having police respond to mental health crises ends up clogging up the courts and take up bed space in jails. But, until recently, the Austin Police Department hasn’t had an option. Austin’s Mobile Crisis Outreach Team’s expansion is designed to slow the number of mentally ill people idling in jails and emergency rooms and redirect them to medication and counseling.

Should Schools Screen Kids for Mental Health Problems?

By screening for depression, bipolar disorder, and other mental health issues, could schools head off future campus violence? We asked six experts whether routine mental health screenings in schools are a good idea.

Locked in Solitary at 14: Adult Jails Isolate Youths Despite Risk

Solitary confinement is increasingly being questioned — by mental health officials, criminologists and, most recently, President Obama. Experts say its effects on juveniles can be particularly damaging because their minds and bodies are still developing, putting them at greater risk of psychological harm and leading to depression and other mental health problems.

New Approach to Housing Santa Clara County Homeless

In what’s being called the first program of its kind in the state, Santa Clara County is partnering with a housing nonprofit and private organizations to get 150 to 200 chronically homeless folks off the street — and will only pay for the effort if it succeeds. Many of the individuals that the program targets have had contact with the criminal justice system and/or have two or three significant disabilities—mental health, physical disabilities, drug and alcohol addiction, veterans with PTSD,and more.

L.A. County to Relocate Some Inmates, Build Jail to Treat the Mentally Ill

Setting a future course for the troubled Los Angeles County jail system, the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a plan to move at least 1,000 mentally ill offenders out of lockups and voted to build a state-of-the-art jail focused on mental health treatment. The moves come in response to a growing debate about how the county incarcerates its inmates — particularly the mentally ill, who make up 20% of the roughly 17,000 people behind bars.