Mental Health

Recent Posts

David, D'Amora, CSG Justice Center leads a discussion with policymakers from seven states.

Seeking Advances in Risk Communication

In December, the National Reentry Resource Center and Dr. R. Karl Hanson and Dr. Guy Bourgon of Public Safety Canada hosted a second convening in a series of meetings focused on instituting a common language for improved risk communication.

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Law Enforcement, Health Advocates, and Members of Congress Push to Reduce the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in Jails

Programs that can help reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in jails, ranging from police training to certified peer support, are the basis for a new wave of national efforts highlighted Tuesday as Congressional leaders joined the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center and the National Association of Counties (NACo) to discuss potential federal reforms and a new national initiative driven by the two organizations.

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Congress Funds Key Criminal Justice Programs

Congress funded three key programs championed by the Council of State Governments Justice Center as part of an appropriations bill that provided $26.7 billion to support U.S. Department of Justice programs.

Announcements

National Institute of Corrections

Register Now for Webinar: Health Reform and Public Safety

This webinar will provide an overview of Medicaid Administrative Claiming (MAC) and Targeted Case Management (TCM), two Medicaid reimbursement programs that probation and parole departments are eligible to participate in. The webinar will also provide an overview of the steps that probation and parole agencies should take if they are interested in starting MAC/TCM in their jurisdictions.

Rural Behavioral Health

Register Now for Webinar Series: Rural Behavioral Health

This webinar series will address the complex needs of rural community behavioral health, and provide resources and training on how to create and sustain services and support that reduce the impact of behavioral health issues.

Webinars

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Risk Need Responsivity 101: A Primer for SCA and JMHCP Grant Recipients

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.

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Responding to the 2015 JMHCP Grant Program

In this webinar BJA representatives provide an overview of the JMHCP solicitation, discuss eligibility and application materials, and lead a question and answer session.

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Improving Outcomes for Court-Involved Youth with Co-Occurring Disorders

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.

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Working with Youth in the Juvenile Justice System

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.

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.

Publications

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Toolkit: Say it Out Loud

This toolkit developed by the National Alliance on Mental Illness contains short guides, videos, facts sheets, and more, which can be used to raise awareness, start a conversation, and share information on mental illnesses with teens.

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Practice Profile: Juvenile Sex Offender Treatment

This snapshot from the National Institute of Justice’s CrimeSolutions.gov provides an overview of juvenile sex offender treatment interventions, their practice components, the latest research on treatment, and more.

Recent headlines

Sen. Franken, Rep. Doug Collins Introduce Bipartisan Measure to Combat Mental Health Crisis in Criminal Justice System

Senator Al Franken (MN) and Congressman Doug Collins (GA09) recently introduced the bicameral, bipartisan Comprehensive Justice and Mental Health Act, a bill that aims to improve the ability of local and state governments, as well as law enforcement, to address the unique needs of mentally ill offenders, before and after they enter the criminal justice system. Their legislation reauthorizes, improves and expands the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act.

The Social Worker in the Cop Car

At the Houston Police Department, a licensed clinical social worker or caseworker rides along when police answer an emergency call regarding a person presumed to be mentally ill. Some 30 of those ride-along professionals now work out of that department’s relatively new Mental Health Division.

State Amends Punishment Policy for Mentally Ill Inmates

California prison officials said Friday they are changing state policy so mentally ill inmates who act out can get counseling instead of being automatically sent to isolation cells or kept in prison longer. It is the latest in a series of policy shifts after a federal judge ruled a year ago that the state’s treatment of mentally ill inmates violates constitutional protections against cruel and unusual punishment.

Change in Jail Health Care Advised

The two-year study at New York’s sprawling Rikers Island jail complex concluded with a bold recommendation to remove health workers entirely from the most contentious issue they face — whether to put an inmate in solitary. That’s because many doctors believe the confinement, which involves 23-hour stretches of isolation, could harm inmates.

Judge: Washington Must Fix Problem With Jailing Mentally Ill

A federal judge has issued a permanent injunction against the state of Washington for violating the constitutional rights of mentally ill people who wait long periods in jail for treatment, saying they can’t be held in custody for more than seven days without an evaluation.

Alameda County Programs Break Cycle of Incarceration Through Employment

“The AB 109 legislation is historical in that I can’t recall an era where there are so many employment opportunities for people coming out of jail and prison,” said Ronald Broach, case manager at PREP, one of several re-entry programs that Alameda County is funding with Assembly Bill 109 prison realignment money.

Criminologist Challenges the Effectiveness of Solitary Confinement

A new study by a UT Dallas criminologist finds that solitary confinement does not deter inmates from committing further violence in prison. In addition, the The study cites previous research that has found that solitary confinement can cause serious health and psychological problems for inmates, many of whom are vulnerable because of existing mental health conditions and/or addictions.

San Antonio, Where Policing the Mentally Ill Means Treating Them

The San Antonio police’s strategy for responding to calls involving people who are mentally ill is being hailed as a national model amid rising anger over police brutality toward and high incarceration rates of people with mental health issues.

Florida Legislature Opens Door to For-Profit Mental Health Services

Florida legislators have proposed at least 22 bills that make the most dramatic changes to the state’s mental health delivery system in decades. But there is a catch: the reform effort would also end the system’s dependence on not-for-profit managed care providers and would open the door to for-profit managed care companies to compete for the $506 million in state business.