31 Days, 31 Stories, a series released during National Mental Health Awareness Month, highlighted champions who are dedicated in their everyday work to reducing the number of people with mental illnesses in the criminal justice system.
Federal legislators, mental health advocates, and public safety officials helped launch Stepping Up: A National Initiative to Reduce the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in Jails, and communities across the country have already signed on to take action.
On the heels of the launch of a national initiative to address the mental health crisis in U.S. jails, leaders in Franklin County are planning an overhaul of the way the county responds to people with mental illnesses in contact with the justice system.
“Think of this training as another set of skills to add to your toolkit,” Webb told the class. “These techniques truly are applicable to a variety of groups and situations, and when you encounter a situation, then you have options—you can decide which tool to use.”
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.
The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy is now accepting applications for its 2015 Multi-System Integration Certificate Program. The weeklong program, held October 29–November 4, is designed for professionals who want to learn how to improve outcomes for youth who are involved in multiple systems of care, particularly juvenile justice and child welfare systems, by improving systems collaboration.
Offered by the National Fatherhood Initiative, this program—designed for individuals who work with or wish to work with fathers and families in communities—provides online training around five core competency areas on effective father engagement.
On the heels of the U.S. House of Representatives’ approval of the FY2016 Commerce, Justice, and Science Appropriations Bill, the Senate Appropriations Committee has passed a $51.1 billion spending bill that would fund three key programs championed by the Council of State Governments Justice Center: the Second Chance Act, the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act, and the Justice Reinvestment Initiative.
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.
In this webinar BJA representatives provide an overview of the JMHCP solicitation, discuss eligibility and application materials, and lead a question and answer session.
In this webinar BJA representatives provide an overview of the JMHCP solicitation, explain the law enforcement priority consideration, discuss eligibility and application materials, and lead a question and answer session.
During this webinar CSG Justice Center staff explain the training and technical assistance opportunities and resources available to 2014 JMHCP grantees.
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.
This webinar explains and clarifies the issues related to allowable uses of federal Medicaid funds for incarcerated individuals, and provides an example of how corrections departments can leverage cost savings as a result.
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.
This video is a webcast of the April 2014 conference, “Health Reform and Criminal Justice: Advancing New Opportunities,” cohosted by the Community Oriented Correctional Health Services (COCHS) and the journal Health Affairs.
In this webinar presenters discuss the unique challenges that law enforcement and mental health service providers face on college campuses, strategies for engaging campus stakeholders (e.g., students, faculty, administration and community residents), and information sharing.
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.
This interactive map from the Legal Action Center provides state-by-state profiles on the health system and health care coverage options available in each state and in the District of Columbia.
The Justice Research and Statistics Association and the National Criminal Justice Association have launched an online resource that contains toolkits on evidence-based practices.
This study from the New England Journal of Medicine highlights trends of mental health outpatient services for youth between the ages of 6 and 17. It reports that outpatient mental health service increased from 9.2 percent in 1996–1998 and 13.3 percent in 2010–2012.
This toolkit from Californians for Safety and Justice describes how counties can benefit from developing criminal justice solutions focused on women. It is designed to provide sheriffs’ departments, probation departments, practitioners, and other leaders with a blueprint for addressing the needs of women under local supervision
This brief from the Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Collaborative for Change highlights the results of a two-year training project that delivered the Mental Health Training Curriculum for Juvenile Justice (MHTC-JJ) to 350 trainers in 10 states. MHTC-JJ, designed to create greater mental health training capacity in juvenile justice systems, showed signs of success.
A Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency grant will fund a new program in Allegheny County aimed at providing affordable housing, employment services and other support for a group of men and women most at risk of returning to jail. The Allegheny County Mental Health and Justice Housing program, an effort of the Allegheny County Jail Collaborative, will focus on 20 people with serious mental illness — or a mental disorder paired with one relating to drug and alcohol use — who have cycled in and out of the criminal justice, behavioral health and homeless services systems.
A transition program at Cook County Jail offers mental health counseling and education to inmate with mental illness, while connecting them to possible job sources in the community and the services they would need on the outside to keep them up on their medications.
A new analysis of the discipline data shows that schools with more black students are also less likely to steer students to mental health services. By contrast, more heavily white schools were more likely to respond to infractions with counseling and to devise behavior plans to help a student deal with anger or hyperactivity, for example.
Developed by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, a formula which assesses an individual’s likelihood of committing another crime, or skipping a court date, can help judges make decisions around bail. After two years of testing, the formula, developed at a cost of $1.2 million is being rolled out to 21 more jurisdictions, including states like Arizona and New Jersey and cities like Chicago and Pittsburgh.
The Crime Report By Ted Gest As support for criminal justice reform has spread, many states have left the federal government behind when it comes to reducing their prison populations. There were 208,598 federal inmates as of yesterday, dwarfing the […]
Today a new bipartisan coalition is forming, grouping people like President Obama and the billionaire Koch brothers. They are united in the belief that overincarceration has proven ineffectual, wasteful and counterproductive.
The city of New York and federal prosecutors announced a deal Monday promising sweeping reforms to end decades of violence against inmates, including teenagers, at the notorious Rikers Island jail.
The cost to prosecute and incarcerate a mentally ill prisoner over a year’s time is about 20 times higher than the cost to provide the same person with crisis treatment and counseling, according to a new report, commissioned by the Arkansas Public Policy Panel.
Proposed prison reform could save the state of Arkansas up to $140 million a year. The Arkansas Public Policy Panel discussed their report findings with state legislators at the Capitol Thursday. The report looks at the cost savings of diverting mentally ill offenders from the prison system, instead sending them to specialized treatment programs.
NewsChannel 21 spoke with Bend police about a recent encounter with a suicidal man and how more mental-health calls is changing officer training.