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Megan Quattlebaum Named Director of the CSG Justice Center

Megan Quattlebaum Named Director of the CSG Justice Center

The Council of State Governments (CSG) recently announced that Megan Quattlebaum, research scholar in law at Yale University Law School and lecturer in law at Columbia University Law School, will be the next director of The CSG Justice Center.

400th County Joins Stepping Up

In a little more than two years, more than 400 counties—representing 43 states and 40 percent of the U.S. population—have joined Stepping Up: A National Initiative to Reduce the Number of People with Mental Illnesses in Jails.

U.S. House of Representatives Approves FY18 Funding Levels for Criminal Justice Programs

U.S. House of Representatives Approves FY18 Funding Levels for Criminal Justice Programs

The U.S. House of Representatives recently approved the $1.2 trillion Fiscal Year 2018 omnibus spending bill on a vote of 211-198. The omnibus includes the Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) bill, which provides $29 billion for Department of Justice (DOJ) grants that help fund programs that have been proven to reduce recidivism at the state and local level while protecting public safety.

Announcements

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.

Webinars

How Correctional Agencies Can Develop and Implement Collaborative Comprehensive Case Plans Correctional Facilities and Collaborative Comprehensive Case Plans

How Correctional Agencies Can Develop and Implement Collaborative Comprehensive Case Plans Correctional Facilities and Collaborative Comprehensive Case Plans

The webinar provides a conceptual overview of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office reentry program in Greenfield, Massachusetts, and discusses the program’s processes in three key areas: 1) interagency collaboration and information sharing; 2) staff training; and 3) screening and assessment as part of their collaborative comprehensive case plan process.

2017 JMHCP Category 2 Law Enforcement Planning Grantee Orientation

In this webinar, CSG Justice Center staff explain the training and technical assistance opportunities and resources that are available to Justice and Mental Health Collaboration law enforcement grantees. Staff from the Bureau of Justice Assistance also provide an overview of the post-award grand management requirements.

2017 JMHCP Grantee Orientation Webinar

In this webinar, CSG Justice Center staff explain the training and technical assistance opportunities and resources available to grantees, and staff from the Bureau of Justice Assistance provide an overview of the post-award grant management requirements.

Learning Communities Conversations: Research and Evaluation

Learning Communities Conversations: Research and Evaluation

This session describes how interface process measures discussed in “Process Measures at the Interface Between the Justice System and Behavioral Health: Advancing Practice and Outcomes” are collected in practice.

Publications

Addiction Resource Center

Addiction Resource Center

This new online portal from the Addiction Policy Forum is designed to help individuals and families struggling with addiction find comprehensive information and resources.

Jails: Inadvertent Health Care Providers

Jails: Inadvertent Health Care Providers

This report from The Pew Charitable Trusts explores how jails administer their health care programs and whether these programs further county public health and safety goals.

Police Officer Toolkit: PTSD and Military Veterans

Police Officer Toolkit: PTSD and Military Veterans

This toolkit from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Center for PTSD was created to assist police officers, or those who train police officers, to more effectively interact with veterans who have post-traumatic stress disorder.

Recent headlines

Commissioners Opt in on ‘Stepping Up’ Initiative

The county’s criminal justice system, mental health services and other organizations have collaborated to initiate programs to help stem this issue already, such as with crisis intervention training.

Incarceration and Mental Illness

Aided by a national initiative aimed at reducing the number of people with mental illnesses in jails, the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office, Mahoning County Mental Health and Recovery Board and local providers have partnered to provide additional services to inmates with mental illnesses.

Peer Support Helps Those in Grip of Addiction

There are many different faces of addiction, which is often coupled with a mental illness. To help people struggling with substance use disorders, treatment providers are increasingly looking to peer specialists to share their unique stories of recovery and, in turn, help others dealing with addiction.

Justice Success Story: How Illinois Cut Its Prison Population

There has been a policy shift towards probation as the preferred disposition in non-violent criminal cases. The move to provide defendants with several chances to succeed before sending them to prison has the support of all levels of the local justice system, including the judiciary

Native American, Rural Women Hit Hardest by Opioid Crisis, Experts Say

The risk is heightened for Native American women, who face a long history of oppression and abuse, turning to opioids as a form of pain management, and for women in rural areas, who have limited access to drug treatment programs, the experts said at a webinar organized by the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health.

Environmental Programs Grow a Better Prison System

Environmental training programs can play a major role in transforming both the prison system and the communities most affected by the system. A prime example is San Quentin’s Insight Prison Garden Program. San Quentin partners with Planting Justice to provide master gardener training to inmates while they’re incarcerated, as well as to offer job placement after release.

Assessments Often Miss Mental Health Issues for Youth on Probation

“While the adverse childhood experience tool (ACE) has done wonderful things to help us recognize the importance of adversity and trauma in children’s lives, there is still room for improvement,” says University at Buffalo social work researcher Patricia Logan-Greene. “For instance, there is nothing in the ACE tool about childhood poverty, and we know from previous research that childhood poverty is deeply damaging.”