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

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Call for Applicants for Medication Assisted Treatment Program

The purpose of this program from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is to provide funding to states to enhance and/or expand their treatment service systems to increase capacity and provide accessible, effective, comprehensive, and coordinated care and evidence-based medication-assisted treatment and recovery support services to individuals with opioid use disorders.

Webinars

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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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The Effects of Adolescent Development on Policing

This brief from the International Association of Chiefs of Police is designed to help law enforcement officials who interact with youth better understand normal adolescent development and behavior.

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OJJDP’s Statistical Briefing Book on Youth

This resource, hosted by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and developed by the National Center for Juvenile Justice, offers access to statistics on a variety of juvenile justice topics at the national, state, and county levels. Such […]

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Interim Report of the President’s Task Force on Twenty-First Century Policing

This interim report from Office of Community Oriented Policing Services and the President’s Task Force on Twenty-First Century Policing identifies guiding principles and recommendations for policing practices that can promote effective crime reduction while building public trust within the communities they serve.

Recent headlines

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.

VA Jail Release Program Helps Troubled Connecticut Vets

“… Murdock’s outlook changed drastically after a Veterans Health Administration social worker met with him while he was still in prison, assessed him and arranged for him to receive an apartment, food, clothing and medical care upon his release. “

‘Troubling’ Use of Solitary in Federal Prisons

Inmates in the federal prison system who suffer from mental illness are routinely kept in solitary confinement for extensive periods without proper treatment, according to the first-ever audit of the Bureau of Prison’s (BOP) segregation policies.

Mental Health Providers Look for Federal Incentives to Go Digital, Too

Many health care providers see great potential benefit to integrating patients’ mental and physical health records, and making those records accessible to all providers through a unified system. So far, however, federal subsidies offered since 2009 to promote electronic health record-sharing have not been available to mental health clinics, psychologists, or psychiatric hospitals.

Poll: Texans Strongly Support Criminal Justice Reforms

According to this study by the Council of State Government’s Justice Center, from 2007 to 2012, the number of juveniles detained in Texas state facilities dropped from around 4,305 to about 1,500, a decrease of 66 percent, while the juvenile crime rate fell by a third.

Recognizing Offender Needs When Assessing Risk

Offender risk assessments need to include appraisals of destabilizing influences and factors likely to cause criminal behavior — known as criminogenic needs — according to a new study in the journal Criminology and Public Policy.