After commuting the sentences of 46 people convicted of nonviolent drug crimes earlier in the week, President Barack Obama said in a major speech on July 14 at the NAACP that it was time to reduce sentences for people convicted of nonviolent crimes generally and to invest in helping formerly incarcerated people reenter society.
The Texas Indigent Defense Commission—chaired by Sharon Keller, presiding judge on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals—unanimously approved a $600,000 grant to be dispersed over four years for the Bexar County (San Antonio) Public Defender’s Office to provide attorneys at the initial court hearings of people who are indigent and have mental illnesses.
31 Days, 31 Stories, a series released during National Mental Health Awareness Month, highlighted champions who are dedicated in their everyday work to reducing the number of people with mental illnesses in the criminal justice system.
Federal legislators, mental health advocates, and public safety officials helped launch Stepping Up: A National Initiative to Reduce the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in Jails, and communities across the country have already signed on to take action.
On the heels of the launch of a national initiative to address the mental health crisis in U.S. jails, leaders in Franklin County are planning an overhaul of the way the county responds to people with mental illnesses in contact with the justice system.
This course, hosted by the National Drug Court Institute (NDCI), is designed to educate law enforcement officers on drug court programs and the role law enforcement plays on a drug court team—which also generally includes a judge, public defender/defense attorney, prosecutor, evaluator, treatment provider, and probation officer.
Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH) is now accepting grant applications from organizations interested in strengthening their data and information sharing.
Many people caught up in the justice system report histories of trauma. For professionals working with these individuals, it is important to learn how to recognize the signs and symptoms of trauma, explore interventions, and develop a trauma-informed approach to their work.
This webinar provides foundational knowledge on RNR as well as guidance on understanding and implementing risk assessment tools as a way to direct resources and support recidivism-reduction strategies for criminal justice and social service agencies, practitioners, and policymakers.
In this webinar BJA representatives provide an overview of the JMHCP solicitation, discuss eligibility and application materials, and lead a question and answer session.
In this webinar BJA representatives provide an overview of the JMHCP solicitation, explain the law enforcement priority consideration, discuss eligibility and application materials, and lead a question and answer session.
During this webinar CSG Justice Center staff explain the training and technical assistance opportunities and resources available to 2014 JMHCP grantees.
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.
This webinar explains and clarifies the issues related to allowable uses of federal Medicaid funds for incarcerated individuals, and provides an example of how corrections departments can leverage cost savings as a result.
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.
This video is a webcast of the April 2014 conference, “Health Reform and Criminal Justice: Advancing New Opportunities,” cohosted by the Community Oriented Correctional Health Services (COCHS) and the journal Health Affairs.
In this webinar presenters discuss the unique challenges that law enforcement and mental health service providers face on college campuses, strategies for engaging campus stakeholders (e.g., students, faculty, administration and community residents), and information sharing.
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.
Children with parents who are unemployed are more likely to become involved with the justice system, according to an article published in the Harvard Public Health Review. The article discusses the importance of employment for people returning home from incarceration and their families, and highlights how barriers to stable employment fuel poverty, recidivism, and, ultimately, poor health in vulnerable populations.
This interactive map from the Legal Action Center provides state-by-state profiles on the health system and health care coverage options available in each state and in the District of Columbia.
Using data from the National Health Interview Survey, this report from the National Center for Health Statistics compares the prevalence of mental disorders among men of color with non-Hispanic white men.
The Justice Research and Statistics Association and the National Criminal Justice Association have launched an online resource that contains toolkits on evidence-based practices.
This study from the New England Journal of Medicine highlights trends of mental health outpatient services for youth between the ages of 6 and 17. It reports that outpatient mental health service increased from 9.2 percent in 1996–1998 and 13.3 percent in 2010–2012.
Appearing in this episode of Smart Talk are Patriot-News/PennLive reporter Daniel Simmons-Ritchie, , and Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Corrections John Wetzel.
“The LAPD has a multilayered approach, which is necessary for a more comprehensive response to connect individuals with mental illness to the most appropriate services needed,” said Nicola Smith-Kea, policy analyst for the Law Enforcement Program of the Council of State Governments Justice Center.
Even going to prison doesn’t spare patients from having to pay medical copays. In response to the rapidly rising cost of providing health care, states are increasingly authorizing the collection of fees from prisoners for medical services they receive while in state prisons or local jails.
Joining a growing effort to tackle what one official calls “a national crisis,” the Dare County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution on July 20 to reduce the number of inmates with mental illness in the county jail. The board’s action came only days after North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory’s July 14 announcement that he was creating the North Carolina Mental Health and Substance Use Task Force in support of the national “Stepping Up” initiative on mental illness and incarceration.
The Deschutes County jail is the first facility in the country to test the early alert system, which tracks health data and transfers it via radio communication to a console monitored by corrections staff, according to AliveLock CEO Melanie Bailey.
The study, “The Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline: The Girls’ Story,” found that sexual abuse was among the primary predictors of girls’ involvement with juvenile justice systems, but that the systems were ill-equipped to identify or treat the problem.
Some areas are already changing the way police are trained to handle people experiencing mental or emotional problems. Crisis intervention team training, known as CIT, is one program for law enforcement and local communities to better respond to people experiencing mental health crises.
The Los Angeles Police Department’s mental evaluation unit is the largest mental health policing program of its kind in the nation, with 61 sworn officers and 28 mental health workers from the county.
A Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency grant will fund a new program in Allegheny County aimed at providing affordable housing, employment services and other support for a group of men and women most at risk of returning to jail. The Allegheny County Mental Health and Justice Housing program, an effort of the Allegheny County Jail Collaborative, will focus on 20 people with serious mental illness — or a mental disorder paired with one relating to drug and alcohol use — who have cycled in and out of the criminal justice, behavioral health and homeless services systems.
A transition program at Cook County Jail offers mental health counseling and education to inmate with mental illness, while connecting them to possible job sources in the community and the services they would need on the outside to keep them up on their medications.