Mental Health

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Denise O'Donnell

BJA Director Delivers Statement at Senate Hearing on Law Enforcement Responses to Americans with Mental Illnesses and Disabilities

At the April 29th hearing—“Law Enforcement Responses to Disabled Americans: Promising Approaches for Protecting Public Safety”—Director Denise O’Donnell of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) delivered statements about the department’s support for evidence-based practices and promising interventions for individuals with mental illnesses and/or disabilities who are involved with the justice system.

U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance

Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program Grant Recipients Convene for Orientation and Training

To help federal grant recipients learn how to develop successful criminal justice and mental health collaborations, the Council of State Governments Justice Center, with support from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, hosted its fifth annual training and orientation conference, “Reducing Recidivism and Promoting Recovery” on May 13–14 in National Harbor, Maryland.

Announcements

Webinars

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.

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

A Trauma-Informed Effective Reinforcement System for Girls

This webinar reviews the framework of the Trauma-Informed Effective Reinforcement System (TIER) for Girls, a female responsive, research-based model that offers an effective alternative to compliance-focused behavior management systems for short-term detention and residential programs.

Publications

Federal Interagency Reentry Council

Snapshot: Health Care and Behavioral Health

While many prisoners receive the treatment and care they need while incarcerated, some do not, and there is often a lack of continuity in care from inside the prison to care in the community.

Recent headlines

New Law to Cut Counties’ Prison Health Care Costs

Counties across Tennessee spend millions of dollars every year on health care for prisoners, but a new state law passes some of those costs to the federal government.The General Assembly passed Public Chapter No. 926 earlier this year.

Inside the Oklahoma Mental Health System: The Community Response Team

The Community Response team is working to make outcomes better for those who have sought mental health or substance abuse crisis services in Oklahoma County. Through their community partnerships, help is extending well beyond the crisis center doors where services previously stopped.

Ohio Opens Multiservice Prison Inmate Rehab Center

Ohio has opened a multi-agency, multiservice facility aimed at helping prison inmates better reintegrate into society, part of a series of state efforts to shrink the prison population by lowering the number of repeat offenders.

Rural Routes to Improving Health Care

The Council of State Governments Knowledge Center By Mary Branham Dr. James Mold believes the health care profession can learn a lot from farmers. When farmers have a problem, many times they’ll look to the network of cooperative extension agents [...]