The grant provides funding for courts that use the treatment drug court model to expand substance use disorder treatment services.
Mental Health Announcements
The program provides funding to expand substance addiction treatment services in existing family treatment drug courts that address the needs of the family as a whole and include direct service provisions to children 18 and under.
This year’s MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership summit will offer an array of prevalent topics such as how to make programmatic changes based on research and data, collective impact in the mentoring field, and mentoring youth with mental illnesses.
The program provides funding to improve access to treatment and support services for youth and young adults, ages 16–25, including those who may not be working, in school, or in vocational and higher education programs, as well as youth and young adults who are in contact with the juvenile or criminal justice system.
The purpose of the conference is to bring together Native American victims, victim advocates, tribal leaders, victim service providers, community volunteers, prosecutors, judicial and law enforcement personnel, family violence and sexual assault specialists, medical providers, social services and mental health personnel, probation/corrections, criminal justice and juvenile justice personnel, as well as federal and state agency representatives to share their knowledge, experiences, and ideas for developing programs that serve the unique needs of crime victims in Indian Country.
The program provides funding to improve efforts to address the needs of adults with serious mental illness by developing and/or expanding peer support services, peer leadership, and peer engagement strategies statewide.
The program provides funding to build or expand the capacity of state educational agencies, in partnership with state mental health agencies overseeing school-aged youth and local education agencies, to increase awareness of mental health issues and provide training for school personnel and other adults who interact with school-aged youth.
These trainings will provide practitioners with the skills necessary to successfully facilitate the National Curriculum and Training Institute Crossroads® curricula.
The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is offering training to criminal justice professionals and government contractors. The NIC will provide qualified facilitator trainers at no cost while the host agency provides the training facility and instructional support.
The Stepping Up County Self-Assessment is designed to assist counties interested in evaluating the status of their current efforts to reduce the prevalence of people who have mental illnesses in jails.
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.
Serving Safely is a national initiative designed to improve interactions between police and persons affected by mental illnesses and developmental disabilities.
Over the past three years, more than 425 counties across the country have committed to reducing the number of people in jails who have mental illness by signing on to the Stepping Up initiative. Fundamental to that goal is each county’s ability to accurately identify and collect data on people in its jail who have mental illnesses. To ensure counties have the tools to do so, Stepping Up has launched a national effort to help them collect accurate and accessible data on this population.
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.
This initiative supports research to test the effectiveness of combined strategies to both detect and intervene to reduce the risk of suicide behavior, suicide ideation, and non-suicidal self-harm among youth involved the justice system.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced that $53 million in grants will be awarded to 45 jurisdictions under the Second Chance Act program in FY 2015. Including this year’s cohort of grantees, more than 700 SCA grants have been awarded to agencies and organizations in 49 states since 2008.
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.
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.
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.