As one of six Law Enforcement–Mental Health learning sites selected by the Council of State Governments Justice Center (CSG Justice Center) and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), the Madison (WI) Police Department’s Mental Health Liaison Program is an example of how community partners can collaborate to provide police services to people with mental illnesses.
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.
The growing number of law enforcement incidents that involve people with mental illnesses has intensified the need for specialized police responses in these situations. Developing such responses is becoming an increasing priority for all of those in public safety and [...]
Over the course of a year, 17-year-old Robert became increasingly reclusive. He had stopped eating regularly and was often angry and easily agitated to the point of threatening his mother. On one such occasion, his mother feared for her safety and called the police. Officers assigned to a specially trained crisis intervention team (CIT) responded and persuaded Robert to let his mother take him to a hospital.
Date: November 13, 2013
Time: 8:00 am — 4:00 pm CT
Location: Downers Grove, IL
This webinar will discuss how New York State has made maximum use of DNA as a law enforcement tool through the development of a DNA databank, which collects DNA from individuals convicted of committing crimes. Expanding the databank is a key part of New York’s effort to make its criminal justice system as fair and accurate as possible while at the same time protecting the rights of both the victims and the accused.
Justice Center Webinars
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 [...]
This webinar will provide an overview of the kinds of technical assistance that will be available to 2012 Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program grantees and how they can take advantage of these resources. Grantees will have the opportunity to [...]
In this webinar, held July 26, 2012, representatives from the Houston Police Department and the Los Angeles Police Department will discuss the programs they have developed to work more effectively with individuals with mental illnesses who frequently come in contact with law enforcement and emergency services personnel.
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This report from the Indian Law and Order Commission presents findings and recommendations based on one of the most comprehensive assessments ever undertaken of criminal justice systems serving Native American and Alaska Native communities. Topics include jurisdiction and intergovernmental collaboration, [...]
This report from the Stanford University Criminal Justice Center presents the findings of a study on the implementation and effects of California’s 2011 Public Safety Realignment Act (AB 109) as expressed by criminal justice stakeholders, including law enforcement officials, judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, probation and parole agents, victim advocates, offenders, and social service representatives.
On December 5, 2012, the Committee on Law and Justice of the National Research Council (NRC) and the Board on Health and Select Populations of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) sponsored a workshop on health and incarceration that brought together [...]
This report from the International Association of Chiefs of Police summarizes the findings of a nationwide survey of nearly 1,000 law enforcement executives on attitudes and practices regarding how law enforcement agencies deal with juvenile offenders and collaborate with juvenile justice system partners.
Over the past 20 years, state spending on corrections has skyrocketed—from $12 billion in 1988 to more than $52 billion in 2011.1 Declining state revenues and other fiscal factors are putting a serious strain on many states’ criminal justice systems, often [...]
The Johnston County Mental Health Center and Johnston Community College have completed the fifth Crisis Intervention Team training academy. CIT is a training and response program for law enforcement and other first responders who handle crisis calls involving people with mental illness, intellectual disabilities and alcohol and substance abuse disorders.
Considering the cost of supervised parole generally is one-tenth that of imprisonment, according to the study, the return rate among the approximately 6,000 parolees annually released from prison raises questions about how the programs are handled.
“Does it make sense to put that person back in jail or does it make more sense to try and find another way of dealing with that problem?” asked Camden County Jail Warden Eric Taylor.
It’s been more than a year since 17 individuals graduated from the first ever Crisis Intervention Team training in Loudoun County. The group, comprised of members of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, the Leesburg Police Department and Loudoun County Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Developmental Services were prepared on how to effectively communicate with someone during a behavioral crisis.
The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), and the National Institute of Corrections (NIC), have partnered to significantly expand the body of evidence associated with improving outcomes for individuals re-entering the community. These Justice Department agencies will support an innovative, research-based array of programming designed to improve parolees’ motivation to change their behavior and to enhance strategies to alter parolees’ criminal thinking using a desistance approach.
Law enforcement officers experience challenges when interacting with individuals with mental illnesses. Across the country, police departments are exploring interventions to educate police officers on how to appropriately interact with this population. For example, departments across Idaho are now implementing a new program called Crisis Intervention Team Training, to help better respond to mental health calls. In addition, six hours of a mental health curriculum is included in the basic patrol academy classes at Peace Officer Standards and Training.