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Center for Court Innovation

Q&A with Julian Adler of the Red Hook Community Justice Center

As the nation’s first multijurisdictional community court, the Red Hook Community Justice Center in Brooklyn has served as a neighborhood hub for clinical services, community service, youth programs, and other social supports since its founding in 2000.


DC Courts Are Connecting Individuals with On-Site Treatment

Having an urgent care clinic located only feet away from courtrooms allows judges and court staff to guarantee that people have access to services. For many defendants, this may be the first contact they’ve had with a mental health professional. Moreover, for some, this treatment may well reduce the likelihood that they will be arrested in the future.


Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

Call for Applicants for Research on At-Risk Girls

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is now accepting proposals for original research and/or secondary analysis of existing data on girls who are at-risk and are involved with the justice system.



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

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

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

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.

SSI and Medicaid: Powerful Tools for Reentry

SSI/SSDI and Medicaid: Powerful Tools for Reentry Success

This CSG Justice Center hosted webinar provided an overview of eligibility criteria and the enrollment process for SSI/SSDI and Medicaid benefits; discussed the federal SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) training program as a way to improve enrollment; and offered success stories and lessons learned from the field.


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Solutions: American Leaders Speak Out on Criminal Justice

This publication from the Brennan Center for Justice is a collection of essays on mass incarceration from prominent figures and experts from across the political spectrum. A bipartisan collaboration, the essays reflect a political shift from the punitive policies of the 1980s and 1990s.

Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Collaborative for Change

Diverting Youth at Probation Intake: The Front-End Diversion Initiative

This publication from the Mental Health Juvenile Justice Collaborative for Change and the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice discusses the Front-End Diversion Initiative (FEDI) in Texas, an effort to divert youth with mental health needs away from the juvenile justice system.

Recent headlines

Mental Illness Is No Crime

A new initiative, “Stepping Up,” unites state and local governments and the American Psychiatric Foundation to promote research-based practices to tackle our overreliance on jail as mental health treatment, such as in-jail counseling programs that reduce the chances of repeat offenders.

Jails Are No Substitute for a Mental Health System

Using our criminal justice system as a substitute for a fully functioning mental health system doesn’t make sense. It doesn’t make sense for law enforcement officers, who often put their lives at risk when they are called upon to intervene in a mental health crisis. It doesn’t make sense for courts, which are inundated with cases involving people with mental illness. It doesn’t make sense for people who have mental health conditions, who often would benefit more from treatment and intensive supervision.

Mental Health Transition Program Scales Up Across State

Sometimes people with mental health issues can have a hard time getting back on their feet when leaving a psychiatric hospital or being released from jail. But for the past two and a half years, the Critical Time Intervention program has helped these folks in Orange and Chatham counties transition to new homes.

Clinical Psychologist to Head Country’s Largest Jail: What It Means for Mental Health in the US

One-third of the inmates at Cook County Jail in Chicago are mentally ill, branding it as one of the largest psychiatric facilities in the country. Cook County is also the biggest jail in the U.S., housing some 9,000 prisoners on a daily basis. Now, a clinical psychologist, Nneka Jones Tapia, will be taking over the jail as executive director. She’ll head the jail with a fresh perspective on mental health — a sorely needed viewpoint in a country that often sweeps mental illness under the rug, and behind bars.

Mental Illness in Vt. Prisons

Vermont prisoners require mental health services than ever before — 44 percent of male inmates and 70-percent of female inmates. Calls for this kind of care skyrocketed by 96-percent in just six years, and inmates with serious functional impairments — like developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injuries and neurological disorders — have more than doubled during the same period.

New Efforts To Keep The Mentally Ill Out Of Jail

Earlier this month, a coalition including the Council of State Governments Justice Center, the American Psychiatric Foundation and the National Association of Counties kicked off a national campaign to encourage local jurisdictions to collect data on the jailed mentally ill and adopt strategies to avoid incarceration.

Clinical Psychologist Hired as Cook County Executive Director

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart announced the appointment of Dr. Nneka Jones-Tapia as the executive director of the Cook County Department of Corrections, the first mental health professional to lead the largest county jail in the country.

Treating Mentally Ill Rather than Jailing Them Could Save Baton Rouge Taxpayers $55M Over a Decade, Analysis Says

A comprehensive jail diversion program designed to treat those with mental illness and substance abuse problems rather than incarcerate them would save East Baton Rouge taxpayers an estimated $3 million in its first year and nearly $55 million over 10 years. That’s according to a new economic analysis commissioned by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, which is spearheading an effort to decriminalize mental illness in the community.