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Salt Lake County Launches Study of Criminal Justice System

The Criminal Justice Advisory Council (CJAC) today announced plans for a comprehensive analysis of Salt Lake County’s jail population in an effort to identify ways to reduce reoffense rates among people released from jail and design strategies to improve outcomes for the large portion of the jail population struggling with mental and/or substance use disorders.

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BJA Director Delivers Statement at Senate Hearing on Law Enforcement Responses to Americans with Mental Illnesses and Disabilities

At the April 29th hearing—“Law Enforcement Responses to Disabled Americans: Promising Approaches for Protecting Public Safety”—Director Denise O’Donnell of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) delivered statements about the department’s support for evidence-based practices and promising interventions for individuals with mental illnesses and/or disabilities who are involved with the justice system.

Announcements

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Survey of Mental Health Screening Practices in Jails

With the assistance of the American Jail Association and many state organizations, Policy Research Associates is currently exploring how the Brief Jail Mental Health Screen is being used across the United States.

Webinars

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.

Seminar on Assisted Outpatient Treatment

In this December 2013 seminar hosted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, presenters examined research findings, implications, and outcomes of Assisted Outpatient Treatment, as well as other topics related to people with serious mental illnesses.

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

A Trauma-Informed Effective Reinforcement System for Girls

This webinar reviews the framework of the Trauma-Informed Effective Reinforcement System (TIER) for Girls, a female responsive, research-based model that offers an effective alternative to compliance-focused behavior management systems for short-term detention and residential programs.

Publications

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Medicaid Fact Sheets: Basics for Consumers

These Medicaid Fact Sheets from the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS) provide information to help consumers understand the basics of Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Recent headlines

California Prisons to Dramatically Alter Treatment for Mentally Ill Inmates

Four months after a federal judge in Sacramento declared that conditions for mentally ill inmates in the state’s prisons were “horrific,” California corrections officials unveiled sweeping new policies that will house them in specially designed units, provide greater time out of their cells and offer vastly increased treatment for the ill prisoners.

Portland Police Use-of-Force Reforms Approved by Judge

Associated Press  By Steven Dubois PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A federal judge accepted a settlement on Friday between the U.S. Department of Justice and the city of Portland on reforms intended to improve the way police deal with mentally ill [...]

Housing Restrictions Keep Sex Offenders in Prison Beyond Release Dates

Dozens of sex offenders who have satisfied their sentences in New York State are being held in prison beyond their release dates because of a new interpretation of a state law that governs where they can live. The law, which has been in effect since 2005, restricts many sex offenders from living within 1,000 feet of a school. Those unable to find such accommodations often end up in homeless shelters.

Survey: 70 Percent of Jail Inmates Are Mentally Ill

Standard Examiner By Cathy Mckitrick A staggering percentage of individuals held in county jails around the United States suffer from mental illness and substance use disorders. This trend is pushing law enforcement and corrections professionals to seek better ways to [...]

Officers Train to Deal with Mentally Ill Inmates

INDIANAPOLIS – Because more than 25-percent of Marion County’s jail population is classified as mentally ill, many officers are required to take a 40-hour program that teaches them how to handle those individuals.