Mental Health Announcements

Announcements

Forty-First Juvenile Justice Symposium

Forty-First Juvenile Justice Symposium

The symposium, hosted by the Mississippi Division of Public Safety Planning-Programs and the Mississippi Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee, will provide a venue where participants from varying disciplines can receive appropriate resources to help prevent juvenile delinquency by educating the professionals who serve throughout the state of Mississippi and the nation.

2018 Youth Summit: Empowering Youth—Resiliency in the Face of Trauma

The Coalition for Juvenile Justice will host a youth summit that brings together young people from across the country who are interested in juvenile justice reform and aims to cultivate and empower the next generation of leaders by providing them with the tools they need to leverage their lived expertise.

Watch: Stepping Up–Collecting Data to Drive Change

Watch: Stepping Up–Collecting Data to Drive Change

Stepping Up recently premiered an animated video describing how counties can collect accurate, accessible data on the number of people entering their jails who have mental illnesses, a critical first step for making measurable reductions to the prevalence of mental illness in jails.

2018 National Forum on Criminal Justice

The forum will showcase programs, research, and technologies that help justice practitioners and decision makers in states, local communities, and tribal nations address pressing public safety issues.

Coming Together for Action Conference

Coming Together for Action Conference

The Global Alliance for Behavioral Health and Social Justice is partnering with the Colorado School of Public Health to convene an interdisciplinary conference for behavioral health, social justice, and healthier communities, particularly in relation to more effectively meeting the needs of people in the juvenile and criminal justice systems who have mental illnesses and substance addictions.

American Probation and Parole Association 43rd Annual Training Institute

American Probation and Parole Association 43rd Annual Training Institute

This year’s APPA conference will focus on the latest research and the most critical issues facing community corrections professionals by offering a number of educational workshops and trainings, ranging from topics in behavioral health treatment, community supervision, pretrial supervision, juvenile justice, reentry, workplace safety, and more.

Expansion of the National Law Enforcement-Mental Health Learning Site Program

Expansion of the National Law Enforcement-Mental Health Learning Site Program

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.

Stepping Up Technical Assistance Opportunities in 2017

Stepping Up Technical Assistance Opportunities in 2017

Beginning in January 2017, the Stepping Up partners—The American Psychiatric Association Foundation, The National Association of Counties, and The Council of State Governments Justice Center—are launching a comprehensive approach to delivering technical assistance (TA) and facilitating communication among counties to move their initiatives forward.

Apply for Training: Judicial Work at the Interface of Mental Health and Criminal Justice

Apply for Training: Judicial Work at the Interface of Mental Health and Criminal Justice

Judicial Work at the Interface of Mental Health and Criminal Justice is a four-hour live interactive training designed for all judges who hear criminal cases. The program was created by judges and psychiatrists working in partnership with the American Psychiatric Association Foundation and the CSG Justice Center with input from The National Judicial College and SAMHSA’s GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation.

Stepping Up Featured in Report to California Legislature

Stepping Up Featured in Report to California Legislature

The Council on Mentally Ill Offenders released its 15th annual report this month, highlighting ways to address the mental health needs of people in the justice system in California. The report cites the Stepping Up initiative—a national effort to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses and co-occurring substance use disorders in jails—as a sign of increasing attention to this issue and as an opportunity for action, with 21 California counties participating to date.

Mack Jenkins Joins CSG Justice Center as Senior Policy Advisor for Justice Reinvestment

Mack Jenkins Joins CSG Justice Center as Senior Policy Advisor for Justice Reinvestment

On May 25, the CSG Justice Center welcomed Mack Jenkins to its Justice Reinvestment team as a senior policy advisor. In his new role, Mr. Jenkins will leverage his nearly 40 years of criminal justice experience to assist supervision agencies in states across the country in adopting best practices to reduce recidivism and increase public safety.

New Handbook Offers Resources, Tips for Leading Mental Health Court Training

New Handbook Offers Resources, Tips for Leading Mental Health Court Training

The CSG Justice Center’s Handbook for Facilitators is a companion resource to Developing a Mental Health Court: An Interdisciplinary Curriculum, a free online multimedia training that features a flexible series of engaging and comprehensive presentations and activities for people or groups interested in starting, improving, or learning more about mental health courts.

Call for Article Submissions to the Juvenile and Family Court Journal

Call for Article Submissions to the Juvenile and Family Court Journal

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges is now accepting submissions to its scholarly, peer-reviewed journal, “Juvenile and Family Court Journal.” Articles should focus on issues of interest to the field of juvenile and family justice, including child abuse and neglect, juvenile delinquency, dual status youth, domestic violence, substance use, child custody and visitation, judicial leadership, and related topics.

Health Coverage and County Jails: Suspension vs. Termination

Health Coverage and County Jails: Suspension vs. Termination

This brief from the National Association of Counties provides an overview of the potential impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on county jail systems across the country, particularly with the suspension and termination of Medicaid coverage.