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Congress Approves Spending Packages to Fully Fund the U.S. Government

Congress Approves Spending Packages to Fully Fund the U.S. Government

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.

Massachusetts Expands Investments to Reduce Recidivism

Massachusetts Expands Investments to Reduce Recidivism

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.

Arkansas Crisis Stabilization Units Are Keeping People Out of Jail

Arkansas Crisis Stabilization Units Are Keeping People Out of Jail

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.

Announcements

[Apply Now] Community Policing Development Microgrants Program

[Apply Now] Community Policing Development Microgrants Program

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.

Webinars

2019 JMHCP Grantee Orientation: Category 1

2019 JMHCP Grantee Orientation: Category 1

In this webinar, CSG Justice Center staff explain the training and technical assistance opportunities and resources available to FY18 JMHCP grantees.

2019 JMHCP Grantee Orientation: Category 3

2019 JMHCP Grantee Orientation: Category 3

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.

Process Measures at the Interface of Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health

Process Measures at the Interface of Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health

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.

The Behavioral Health Needs Framework and Collaborative Comprehensive Case Plans

The Behavioral Health Needs Framework and Collaborative Comprehensive Case Plans

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.

Publications

The Pursuit Podcast: Mental Illness behind Bars

The Pursuit Podcast: Mental Illness behind Bars

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.

Recent headlines

Stepping Up Initiative Reduces the Number of People With Mental Illness in Jail

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.

Harris Co. Program Lowers Jail Costs, Population but Cuts out Punishment

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.