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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

[Request for Proposals] Opening Doors to Public Housing Initiative

[Request for Proposals] Opening Doors to Public Housing Initiative

The initiative will provide technical assistance for public housing authorities that, in collaboration with justice system partners, are seeking to plan and implement reentry programs and/or change their admissions policies regarding people with conviction histories.

[Apply Now] STOP School Violence Grant Program

[Apply Now] STOP School Violence Grant Program

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance will provide funding designed to improve school security by providing students and teachers with the tools they need to recognize, respond quickly to, and help prevent acts of violence.

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

Dane County Grant Builds on Efforts to Strengthen Mental Healthcare Access for Inmates

A report from the Dane County Behavioral Health Needs Assessment found approximately 46% of inmates within the county’s jail system were diagnosed with some form of mental health ailment. Given that nearly half of Dane County’s inmates may require varying degrees of mental health assistance, the county moved to address the issue.

Ohio Jail to Tackle Mental Illness as Opioid Crisis Abates

“Every jail in our country, somewhere in the neighborhood of 30 to 40 percent of the people … are diagnosed mentally ill,” said National Sheriffs’ Association president Sheriff Daron Hall of Davidson County, Tennessee. Adding in the number of inmates addicted to drugs, the proportion shoots to at least 90 percent.

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.