Last December, President Donald Trump signed 2 appropriations packages, which contained all 12 appropriations bills, to fund the U.S. government for FY2020. These packages include funding for key criminal justice programs aimed at increasing public safety and reducing recidivism at the local and state levels.
Last year, Massachusetts passed legislation representing the most significant changes to the state’s criminal justice system in decades. This legislation took concrete steps to incentivize good behavior in prison, divert people to treatment and programming as an alternative to incarceration, and strengthen community supervision.
Before these units existed, people experiencing a mental health crisis who came into contact with police were often taken to jail, which caused crowding in county jails that are simply not equipped to provide the kind of care and treatment that crisis stabilization units can.
“We have just finished the first module of the course and can see the commitment and determination mounting as the women in our class advance through each session,” said Deborah Simmons, founder of The Reentry Initiative, which is delivering CBI-CA to participants in the Denver Women’s Correctional Facility in Colorado.
The summit is a multidisciplinary gathering of professionals working together to tackle the major issues in fields dealing with violence, abuse, and trauma.
Presenters will discuss common barriers to implementing medication-assisted treatment in drug courts, and how these barriers can be addressed in a webinar hosted by the SAMHSA GAINS Center.
Applicants are invited to propose demonstration or pilot projects to be implemented in their agency that offer creative ideas to advance crime-fighting, community engagement, problem-solving, or organizational changes to support community policing.
Continuing the discussion started in the webinar, Understanding Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in People Involved with the Criminal Justice System, this webinar addresses the practical application of tips for working successfully with people in the criminal justice system who have intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DDs).
In this webinar, representatives from the NRRC, along with staff from BJA, provide an overview of the Second Chance Act’s Reentry for Adults with Co-Occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Illness grant program and explain the training and technical assistance opportunities, Planning & Implementation Guide, and other resources available to grantees.
In this webinar, CSG Justice Center staff explain the training and technical assistance opportunities and resources available to FY18 JMHCP grantees.
In this webinar staff from BJA provide an overview of the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) Category 2 grant requirements.
In this webinar staff from BJA provide an overview of the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) Category 3 grant requirements. CSG Justice Center staff explain the training and technical assistance opportunities, and the other resources available to law enforcement grantees.
The data collection and evaluation learning community series for JMHCP and SCA grantees focuses on topics related to quality assurance and implementation science. This session was focused on “study and act” of the Plan, Do, Study, Act process featuring Dr. Faye Taxman from George Mason University and grantee speaker, Melissa Pierson from Franklin County, OH.
In this webinar, staff from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance provide an overview about the post-award budget, grant management, and performance measurement requirements.
In this webinar, CSG Justice Center staff explain the training and technical assistance opportunities and resources available to grantees, and staff from the Bureau of Justice Assistance provide an overview of the post-award grant management requirements.
In this webinar, presenters discuss six questions that law enforcement executives should consider when developing or enhancing Police-Mental Health Collaborations in their jurisdiction and share practical approaches that have been implemented in the field.
This webinar highlights two jurisdictions—the State of Oklahoma and Douglas County, Nebraska—and explains how they used Collaborative Comprehensive Case Plans to enhance their case planning processes and promote recovery, successful diversion from the criminal justice system to treatment, or reentry to the community among their participants.
This resource outlines eight communities selected to serve as mentor sites for the law enforcement/first responder diversion and referral program mentoring initiative.
This report studies the existing Los Angeles county jail mental health population to identify those who would likely be eligible for diversion based on legal and clinical factors.
This 2-page brief provides four practical steps law enforcement executives can take to address and improve outcomes for people who are high utilizers in their jurisdiction.
This report provides state and federal policymakers and state court colleagues with information on lessons learned from the National Judicial Opioid Task Force.
This podcast features a conversation between host Tess Terrible and experts in the field, including The Council of State Governments Justice Center’s Behavioral Health Division Director Ayesha Delany-Brumsey.
Butler County has earned high praise from a former Ohio Supreme Court justice and could secure more funding to continue the battle against mental health and incarceration issues, officials said.
Risë Haneberg, deputy division director for county initiatives for the CSG Justice Center, explains that since its inception, the Stepping Up initiative has gotten nearly 500 counties in 43 states to “focus on early forms of diversion” to keep mentally ill people from getting trapped in the penal system.
When the current Boone County Jail was built in 1991—with 184 beds—it was soon packed to capacity. Boone County Commissioner Janet Thompson said this was when the county began to work on lowering the jail population.
Jason Pritchard found faith in prison and took advantage of recovery programs offered by the Tennessee Department of Correction. When he was released in 2017, Pritchard had a plan to stay out.
There is an abundance of evidence on the negative consequences of incarceration, but what is less understood is how individuals can thrive and change for the better in prison.
Since our founding in 2002, we’ve made tremendous progress and seen a significant impact on many patients’ health and well-being. Yet, new evidence from a recent randomized controlled trial shows that there is much more work to be done if we truly want to improve care, reduce costs, and advance overall health.
The Arizona Department of Corrections says 78 percent of the inmates in its custody have a history of substance abuse at the time they’re admitted into prison. But less than 4 percent of all inmates who spent time in Arizona prisons in fiscal year 2019 received treatment while behind bars.
In Kentucky, where music is the lifeblood, an apprentice program run by luthiers provides meaningful jobs and helps remove the stigma of opioid addiction.
Justin Jones got hooked on painkillers after he flipped his truck as a teenager, put his head through the windshield and fractured his wrist and sternum. When doctors would no longer write prescriptions for him, he began buying—and selling—drugs on the streets of Durham and Hillsborough, N.C.
The Judge Ed Emmett Mental Health Diversion Center allows people with mental illness who commit non-violent offenses to skip jail. They are offered space in the 28-bed diversion center, counseling, and case workers to prevent the person arrested from cycling in and out of jail.