Mental Health

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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 (CSG) Justice Center as part of an appropriations bill that provided $26.7 billion to support U.S. Department of Justice programs.

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Webinars

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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.

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.

Seminar on Assisted Outpatient Treatment

In this December 2013 seminar hosted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, presenters examined research findings, implications, and outcomes of Assisted Outpatient Treatment, as well as other topics related to people with serious mental illnesses.

Publications

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Online Tool: “Trauma-Informed Care: Perspectives and Resources”

This resource tool from JBS International, Inc., and Georgetown University National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health provides information on existing research, knowledge, practices, and approaches that are effective in addressing trauma.

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Community-Based Supervision: Increased Public Safety, Decreased Expenditures

This tip sheet from the National Juvenile Justice Network and Safely Home Campaign discusses the fundamental characteristics of effective community-based supervision programs, including being evidence-based, using a strength-based/positive youth development approach, having court accountability and family engagement elements, using follow-up [...]

Recent headlines

NACo, CSG Target Mental Health in Jail

The effort, dubbed “Stepping Up: A National Initiative to Reduce the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in Jails,” follows the rise in the number of people with mental disorders booked into local jails, now estimated to top two million annually.

Inmates on Way Out Get Help with Health Plans

The Benton County jail is joining a growing number of corrections facilities in the state and beyond in helping some uninsured, soon-to-be released inmates apply for Medicaid coverage.

BEND: Trying to Keep Pace in Deschutes County

In the spring of 2010, community stakeholders in Deschutes County set forth to establish a steering committee to identify the issues and work in a collaborative effort to deliver improved services to those suffering from mental illness. By winter of 2011, the committee had firmly established the Deschutes County Crisis Intervention Team (CIT), and the first 40-hour training was conducted for law enforcement officers based on a model used by the CIT in Memphis, Tenn.

AL.com Forum Offers Community Solutions to Alabama’s Prison Problem

MOBILE, Alabama — Something has to change. At least that’s what activists, community leaders, other residents said during a forum on Alabama’s troubled prisons held Monday at the AL.com office, 18 S. Royal St., Mobile. About 50 people attended the two-hour event. They posed questions and possible solutions for the prison system.