Mental Health In the News

Announcements

SAMHSA

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.

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

‘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.

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.