Police-Mental Health Collaboration Program Checklists

These checklists can help law enforcement, behavior health, and local leaders determine whether their Police-Mental Health Collaboration programs align with promising practices for improving outcomes for law enforcement encounters with people with mental illnesses or who are in mental health crisis.

Recent Posts

A Message from the Director: Highlights from 2018

A Message from the Director: Highlights from 2018

I arrived at the CSG Justice Center aware that the field of criminal justice has changed dramatically since our inception in 2007, presenting our organization and others with new challenges and exciting opportunities. As we entered our second decade, I felt that we first needed to be sure we understand who we are, what we stand for, and how we fit into this growing field.

The Guidance Center Releases Free Roll Call Mental Health Training Series for Police Departments Across the Country

The Guidance Center Releases Free Roll Call Mental Health Training Series for Police Departments Across the Country

A new series of free web-based training modules that provide officers with effective tools for readily recognizing signs of mental illness and interacting with people who may be in crisis has been produced through a partnership between The Guidance Center (a nonprofit child and family mental health service provider) and the Los Angeles Police Department, the Long Beach Police Department, and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Groundbreaking 50-State Report on Public Safety Updated with 2017 Data

Groundbreaking 50-State Report on Public Safety Updated with 2017 Data

The CSG Justice Center has released an updated version of the 50-State Report on Public Safety that includes 2017 crime and arrest data. The report is a web-based resource that combines extensive data analyses, case studies and recommended strategies from all 50 states to help policymakers address their state’s specific public safety challenges.

Announcements

American Jail Association 38th Annual Conference and Jail Expo

American Jail Association 38th Annual Conference and Jail Expo

This conference is the only national event that focuses exclusively on local jails and detention facilities. Topics this year will include issues related to mental health; bail reform; comprehensive reentry for people with opioid addictions; trauma-informed training; and caring for veterans.

Webinars

How Correctional Agencies Can Develop and Implement Collaborative Comprehensive Case Plans

How Correctional Agencies Can Develop and Implement Collaborative Comprehensive Case Plans

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.

2017 JMHCP Category 2 Law Enforcement Planning Grantee Orientation

2017 JMHCP Category 2 Law Enforcement Planning Grantee Orientation

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.

Publications

Officers’ Physical and Mental Health and Safety: Emerging Issues and Recommendations

Officers’ Physical and Mental Health and Safety: Emerging Issues and Recommendations

This report from the April 2018 Officer Safety and Wellness meeting discusses how a broad range of law enforcement community members came to the table to discuss ways to eliminate persisting factors leading to line-of-duty-deaths; ways to improve access to mental health services and prevent tragedies such as suicide; and the implementation of emerging, innovative ideas for supporting the holistic health and wellness of officers and agencies across the country.

Public Safety Risk Assessment Clearinghouse

Public Safety Risk Assessment Clearinghouse

This resource is an online, comprehensive collection of information and resources focused on identifying and reducing the risk of reoffending or noncompliance with a community’s justice system requirements.

Contacts between Police and the Public, 2015

Contacts between Police and the Public, 2015

Findings described in the report are based on data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics’ 2015 Police-Public Contact Survey, a supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey.

Criminal Victimization, 2016: Revised

Criminal Victimization, 2016: Revised

This report shows revised official estimates of violent criminal victimization that replace previously released 2016 estimates that did not permit year-to-year comparisons.

Roll Call Mental Health Training Series

Roll Call Mental Health Training Series

This series of web-based mental health training videos provides officers with tools needed to readily identify the signs of mental illness in the field and to safely and effectively de-escalate these encounters.

Recent Headlines

LEAD Diversion Program Is Expanding to the City of Burien, Washington

As the new year kicks off, so does the design for Burien’s version of Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD), a program that brings police, prosecutors and case managers together to move nonviolent, low-level offenders away from the criminal justice system and toward stability.

St. Paul Police Expanding New Mental Health Unit

Like law enforcement agencies everywhere, the St. Paul Police Department gets a lot of calls for mental health crises, which take a lot of officers’ time and cost a lot of money. So far this year, Ramsey County dispatchers have handled almost 6,000 calls involving mental health. That’s about 2 percent of incoming 911 calls.

How One County Became a Lab for California’s Prison Reform

While overall crime in California increased slightly after 2011, San Joaquin County’s dropped 20 percent and hit a decades-old low last year. The county’s jail, which had been under court-ordered monitoring because of dangerous overcrowding, now has empty beds. Participation in specialized drug courts has increased and recidivism among newly released offenders has dropped.

Expanding Our Knowledge on Local Incarceration Trends

The state of incarceration in America is such a massive problem that it can feel abstract and distant. But it’s actually quite tangible, proximate, and solvable. And as Vera Institute’s Incarceration Trends tool shows, it’s a problem that’s actually in all of our backyards because it is city and county officials—such as police, prosecutors, and judges—who decide who and how to arrest, prosecute, and sentence.