Mental Health In the News

Announcements

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California Counties Reentry Fellowship Announced

This unique position will focus on documenting how California’s counties are addressing the challenges and opportunities presented by the state’s prison realignment and implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and sharing “lessons learned” and best practices for the benefit of all of California’s counties.

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Juvenile Justice Resource Hub Gets Evidence-Based Practices Section

The Juvenile Justice Resource Hub, developed by the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange and the National Juvenile Justice Network, has added a new resource section addressing key issues and reform trends related to evidence-based practices, which includes model policies, recent research, and links to key resources and experts.

Press Releases

Salt Lake County Launches Sweeping Study of Jail Population

The Criminal Justice Advisory Council (CJAC) announced plans for a comprehensive analysis of Salt Lake County’s jail population in an effort to identify ways to reduce re-offense rates among people released from jail and design strategies to improve outcomes for the large portion of the jail population struggling with mental and substance abuse disorders.

Conference Promotes Improved Responses to People With Mental Illness in the Criminal Justice System

WASHINGTON, D.C.—More than 300 criminal justice and mental health experts gathered today to share strategies that improve outcomes for justice-involved people with mental illnesses. The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center, with the support of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Office of Justice Programs, hosted this fifth national conference, which brings together researchers, practitioners, and public officials annually.

Recent headlines

Editorial: Second Chance Grants Should Be Extended

Congress has helped states pay for programs with grants issued through the Second Chance Act, a bipartisan piece of legislation that indicated politicians in Washington finally realized that locking up people for long periods does not by itself transform criminals into productive members of society.

Utah’s Mental Health Crisis Intervention Training is National Model for Patrol and Detention

The first Utah CIT academy was conducted in 2001. Academies are administered throughout the State of Utah on a regional basis. Within each region, law enforcement services are partnered with mental health services to deliver the program. The program works to build relationships between law enforcement and local mental health providers so that together they can bring services to individuals with mental illness.