“When we looked at the types of calls that were coming into the police department . . . they were very similar to the calls that we would receive on the crisis line at the Harris Center,” said Harris Center program director Jennifer Battle. “So one day, we said, ‘well, you know, it seems like an unfortunate utilization of resources to have officers go out to these calls that the crisis line is [fielding] all day long, every day, using mental health and counseling skills as opposed to law enforcement.’”
The aim of this tool is to facilitate an informed discussion among law enforcement agencies and community partners regarding reentry strategies. This material does not constitute a step-by-step guide in creating and implementing a reentry program but rather provides an overview of topics that should be considered and addressed within that development process.
Recently, the U.S. Congress approved the $1.3 trillion Fiscal Year 2018 Omnibus Appropriations bill that would set government funding through Sep. 30, 2018. The bill provides $30.3 billion for the Department of Justice and includes $2.9 billion for various state and local law enforcement assistance grant programs.
The Council of State Governments (CSG) recently announced that Megan Quattlebaum, research scholar in law at Yale University Law School and lecturer in law at Columbia University Law School, will be the next director of The CSG Justice Center.
This program supports field-initiated, methodologically rigorous research and/or evaluations focused on interactions between law enforcement and youth to identify and develop programs and policies that ensure officer, youth, and community safety.
The program provides funding to help agencies assess the highest priority needs of criminal justice communities, encouraging activities that will improve criminal justice policy and practice.
The webinar provides a conceptual overview of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office reentry program in Greenfield, Massachusetts, and discusses the program’s processes in three key areas: 1) interagency collaboration and information sharing; 2) staff training; and 3) screening and assessment as part of their collaborative comprehensive case plan process.
In this webinar, CSG Justice Center staff explain the training and technical assistance opportunities and resources available to FY17 JMHCP Category 3 Implementation & Expansion grantees.
In this webinar, CSG Justice Center staff explain the training and technical assistance opportunities and resources that are available to Justice and Mental Health Collaboration law enforcement grantees. Staff from the Bureau of Justice Assistance also provide an overview of the post-award grand management requirements.
The livestream provides an overview of effective ways to develop specialized law enforcement-based programs, and features presentations on the benefits of expanding and strengthening police-mental health collaborative efforts to include key community partners.
In this webinar, staff from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance and The Council of State Governments Justice Center review information for Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program applicants and grantees on the grant management and budget process.
This report from the Vera Institute of Justice examines New York State’s overdose education and naloxone distribution program and what lessons it can offer related to corrections-based responses to the opioid epidemic.
This report from the International Association of Chiefs of Police Center for Officer Safety and Wellness describes a variety of suicide prevention and awareness training programs for law enforcement officers, including peer counseling, mentoring, employee assistance, and the use of staff psychologists.
This report from the Harvard Kennedy School’s Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy argues for using more than just recidivism as a measure of the effectiveness of community corrections.
This report from The Pew Charitable Trusts examines whether stiff prison sentences for people who have violated drug laws deters drug misuse, distribution, and other drug-law violations.
This interactive report from the Vera Institute of Justice identifies the major trends and developments in justice systems over the past year, examining what reforms are and are not working across the country.
“Honestly, most people thought heroin was a city thing,” said Pat Schou, executive director of the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network. “But we quickly learned that wasn’t the case. It affects everyone.”
The St. Paul Police Department says their new mental health unit is dedicated to connecting people with community resources and reducing escalations that could result in use of deadly force.
The Cumberland County sheriff’s office was given countywide responsibility 30 years ago, when then-Fayetteville Police Chief Ron Hansen suggested school duty was better suited for the sheriff’s office because schools are governed and operated by county government.
Representatives signed what they called a Partnership Agreement Community Teams with Schools document that outlines strategies for addressing student misconduct.
The Lycoming and Clinton Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities Department has two mental health professionals who provide mental health first aid training to community members as well as a type of suicide prevention training called QPR, or Question Persuade Refer.