The Council of State Governments (CSG) recently announced that Megan Quattlebaum, research scholar in law at Yale University Law School and lecturer in law at Columbia University Law School, will be the next director of The CSG Justice Center.
In a little more than two years, more than 400 counties—representing 43 states and 40 percent of the U.S. population—have joined Stepping Up: A National Initiative to Reduce the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in Jails.
The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced $36 million in FY2017 Second Chance Act grants that were awarded to 68 jurisdictions across the country.
The U.S. House of Representatives recently approved the $1.2 trillion Fiscal Year 2018 omnibus spending bill on a vote of 211-198. The omnibus includes the Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) bill, which provides $29 billion for Department of Justice (DOJ) grants that help fund programs that have been proven to reduce recidivism at the state and local level while protecting public safety.
Awards will be given to successful criminal justice programs that use promising practices to address important crime and justice issues in communities.
This year’s NADCP conference will offer over 30 tracks and hundreds of sessions, and provide training on critical topics affecting family, youth, tribal, drug, DWI, mental health, and veterans treatment courts.
The Council of State Governments Justice Center, in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Police Foundation, has selected the following four law enforcement agencies to act as peer-to-peer learning sites and assist other law enforcement agencies across the country in their efforts to improve services for people with mental illnesses: Madison County (TN) Sheriff’s Office; Arlington (MA) Police Department; Jackson County (OH) Sheriff’s Office; and Tucson (AZ) Police Department.
The webinar provides a conceptual overview of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office reentry program in Greenfield, Massachusetts, and discusses the program’s processes in three key areas: 1) interagency collaboration and information sharing; 2) staff training; and 3) screening and assessment as part of their collaborative comprehensive case plan process.
During this webinar, judges and other court personnel learn about the tips for recognizing indications of a mental illness and/or substance use disorder in the courtroom, the process for treatment recommendation and referral for defendants with behavioral health needs, and how to collaborate with behavioral health care providers in their communities
In this webinar, CSG Justice Center staff explain the training and technical assistance opportunities and resources available to FY17 JMHCP Category 3 Implementation & Expansion grantees.
In this webinar, CSG Justice Center staff explain the training and technical assistance opportunities and resources available to FY17 JMHCP Category 1 Collaborative County grantees.
In this webinar, CSG Justice Center staff explain the training and technical assistance opportunities and resources that are available to Justice and Mental Health Collaboration law enforcement grantees. Staff from the Bureau of Justice Assistance also provide an overview of the post-award grand management requirements.
In this webinar, CSG Justice Center staff explain the training and technical assistance opportunities and resources available to grantees, and staff from the Bureau of Justice Assistance provide an overview of the post-award grant management requirements.
This session describes how interface process measures discussed in “Process Measures at the Interface Between the Justice System and Behavioral Health: Advancing Practice and Outcomes” are collected in practice.
In this webinar, BJS statistician Jennifer Bronson reviews the findings from two reports and discusses how jurisdictions around the country—namely Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program grantees—can use this information.
The livestream provides an overview of effective ways to develop specialized law enforcement-based programs, and features presentations on the benefits of expanding and strengthening police-mental health collaborative efforts to include key community partners.
In this discussion CSG Justice Center Staff and Dr. Faye Taxman of George Mason University’s Center for Advancing Correctional Education describe the shared principles and process measures that can help coordinate service delivery across the justice and behavioral health systems.
This new online portal from the Addiction Policy Forum is designed to help individuals and families struggling with addiction find comprehensive information and resources.
This report from The Pew Charitable Trusts explores how jails administer their health care programs and whether these programs further county public health and safety goals.
This toolkit from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Center for PTSD was created to assist police officers, or those who train police officers, to more effectively interact with veterans who have post-traumatic stress disorder.
This report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration shines the spotlight on critical issues and services for Americans with serious mental illnesses and serious emotional disturbances.
Topics in the toolkit include assessing the size of the reentry population, engaging partners and encouraging collaboration, using data and working with research partners, and adjusting the program model based on data and research.
Under the old system, Boulder County truant students, accompanied by a parent or guardian, were required to appear in court every two weeks—with students missing even more school and some parents losing jobs because they were forced to miss work.
The county’s criminal justice system, mental health services and other organizations have collaborated to initiate programs to help stem this issue already, such as with crisis intervention training.
In Mahoning County, the plan involves the sheriff’s office, the county’s Mental Health and Recovery Board plus outside agencies including Meridian Healthcare, COMPASS Family and Community Services and others.
Aided by a national initiative aimed at reducing the number of people with mental illnesses in jails, the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office, Mahoning County Mental Health and Recovery Board and local providers have partnered to provide additional services to inmates with mental illnesses.
There are many different faces of addiction, which is often coupled with a mental illness. To help people struggling with substance use disorders, treatment providers are increasingly looking to peer specialists to share their unique stories of recovery and, in turn, help others dealing with addiction.
There has been a policy shift towards probation as the preferred disposition in non-violent criminal cases. The move to provide defendants with several chances to succeed before sending them to prison has the support of all levels of the local justice system, including the judiciary
The risk is heightened for Native American women, who face a long history of oppression and abuse, turning to opioids as a form of pain management, and for women in rural areas, who have limited access to drug treatment programs, the experts said at a webinar organized by the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health.
Environmental training programs can play a major role in transforming both the prison system and the communities most affected by the system. A prime example is San Quentin’s Insight Prison Garden Program. San Quentin partners with Planting Justice to provide master gardener training to inmates while they’re incarcerated, as well as to offer job placement after release.
“While the adverse childhood experience tool (ACE) has done wonderful things to help us recognize the importance of adversity and trauma in children’s lives, there is still room for improvement,” says University at Buffalo social work researcher Patricia Logan-Greene. “For instance, there is nothing in the ACE tool about childhood poverty, and we know from previous research that childhood poverty is deeply damaging.”
A law making battery against health care workers a felony was intended to protect those workers, but as it made its way through the Idaho Legislature an exemption for mental illness was removed.