After commuting the sentences of 46 people convicted of nonviolent drug crimes earlier in the week, President Barack Obama said in a major speech on July 14 at the NAACP that it was time to reduce sentences for people convicted of nonviolent crimes generally and to invest in helping formerly incarcerated people reenter society.
The Texas Indigent Defense Commission—chaired by Sharon Keller, presiding judge on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals—unanimously approved a $600,000 grant to be dispersed over four years for the Bexar County (San Antonio) Public Defender’s Office to provide attorneys at the initial court hearings of people who are indigent and have mental illnesses.
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.
The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) of the U.S. Department of Justice is now accepting applications for a Senior Policy Advisor for Corrections and Reentry. The selected candidate will oversee the implementation of the Second Chance Act and BJA’s reentry efforts, which include program and policy development and significant collaborative work with federal partners and the Federal Interagency Reentry Council.
Hosted by the Federal Partners Committee on Women and Trauma, this meeting will focus on how to expand and spread the conversation about trauma-informed approaches in the criminal justice system, education, health care, and communities.
The 12-month program focuses on the development of skill sets and capacity for community building, advocacy, and communication/messaging.
This archived webinar from the TA Network and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration discusses the overuse of psychotropic medication among children and youth with behavioral health needs, particularly among those enrolled in Medicaid.
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.
Using results from a 51-jurisdiction survey, this brief from the National Center for Juvenile Justice provides an overview of standardized mental health screening tools that are required at the state-level in juvenile detention, probation, and correction settings.
This guide from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration equips professional care providers, including behavioral counselors, clinicians, and administrators, with information on providing care to people who have experienced trauma or are at risk of developing trauma stress reactions.
Adults who are white, American Indian or Alaska Native, or identify as two or more races are more likely to use mental health services than any other ethnicity, according to this report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Risk and needs assessment instruments, with a moderate level of accuracy, can predict who is at risk for violent reoffending, according to a research brief from the Congressional Research Service.
The report examines the sexual abuse to prison pipeline for girls, a phenomenon in which sexual abuse experienced by girls is one of the primary predictors of their involvement with the juvenile justice system.
Having police respond to mental health crises ends up clogging up the courts and take up bed space in jails. But, until recently, the Austin Police Department hasn’t had an option. Austin’s Mobile Crisis Outreach Team’s expansion is designed to slow the number of mentally ill people idling in jails and emergency rooms and redirect them to medication and counseling.
Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy may be as good as pills at stopping people relapsing after recovering from major bouts of depression, according to a study.
California must explain to a federal judge why state prisons again have a backlog of seriously mentally ill prisoners waiting for inpatient care while there are hundreds of empty beds at a state psychiatric hospital.
Solitary confinement is increasingly being questioned — by mental health officials, criminologists and, most recently, President Obama. Experts say its effects on juveniles can be particularly damaging because their minds and bodies are still developing, putting them at greater risk of psychological harm and leading to depression and other mental health problems.
In what’s being called the first program of its kind in the state, Santa Clara County is partnering with a housing nonprofit and private organizations to get 150 to 200 chronically homeless folks off the street — and will only pay for the effort if it succeeds. Many of the individuals that the program targets have had contact with the criminal justice system and/or have two or three significant disabilities—mental health, physical disabilities, drug and alcohol addiction, veterans with PTSD,and more.
Setting a future course for the troubled Los Angeles County jail system, the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved a plan to move at least 1,000 mentally ill offenders out of lockups and voted to build a state-of-the-art jail focused on mental health treatment. The moves come in response to a growing debate about how the county incarcerates its inmates — particularly the mentally ill, who make up 20% of the roughly 17,000 people behind bars.
The Massachusetts Department of Mental Health announced today that 13 police departments will receive grants totaling $1.9 million to implement Crisis Intervention Team training and Jail Diversion Programs.
In this episode of The Diane Rehm Show, Dr. Fred Osher, director of health systems and services policy at the CSG Justice Center, joins the discussion on efforts to help people with mental illnesses stay out of jail and get into treatment.
Momentum around mental-health reform is building in Congress and gathering bipartisan support as a response to mass violence and the reality that gun control is a nonstarter.
The so-called parity law, which was intended to equalize coverage of mental and other medical conditions, has gone a long way toward eliminating obvious discrepancies in insurance coverage. But many insurers have continued to limit treatment through other strategies that are harder to track, according to researchers, attorneys and other critics.