Mental Health In the News

Announcements

National Institute of Corrections

Register Now for Webinar: Health Reform and Public Safety

This webinar will provide an overview of Medicaid Administrative Claiming (MAC) and Targeted Case Management (TCM), two Medicaid reimbursement programs that probation and parole departments are eligible to participate in. The webinar will also provide an overview of the steps that probation and parole agencies should take if they are interested in starting MAC/TCM in their jurisdictions.

Rural Behavioral Health

Register Now for Webinar Series: Rural Behavioral Health

This webinar series will address the complex needs of rural community behavioral health, and provide resources and training on how to create and sustain services and support that reduce the impact of behavioral health issues.

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.

Recent headlines

The ‘Revolving Door’ for the Justice-Involved Mentally Ill

Frequently, individuals with mental illness who become involved with the justice system are ensnared in a “revolving door.” They are shunted between ER assessments, arrests and short- term stays in psychiatric units and jails. The result: inconsistent access and engagement with the mental health system.

I Spent Seven Years Locked in a Human Warehouse

But with the way our society operates, I may have been better off had I been motivated by evil, anger, greed or malice and been found guilty. Society understands malice. We understand retribution. But we do not understand mental illness and are often unable to see the humanity in those with mental illness.

Sen. Franken, Rep. Doug Collins Introduce Bipartisan Measure to Combat Mental Health Crisis in Criminal Justice System

Senator Al Franken (MN) and Congressman Doug Collins (GA09) recently introduced the bicameral, bipartisan Comprehensive Justice and Mental Health Act, a bill that aims to improve the ability of local and state governments, as well as law enforcement, to address the unique needs of mentally ill offenders, before and after they enter the criminal justice system. Their legislation reauthorizes, improves and expands the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act.