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Call for Applicants for Trauma-Informed Trainings

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation is now accepting applications for its on-site training, “How Being Trauma-Informed Improves Criminal Justice System Responses.”

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

Is Slamming the Jail Door Shut Mental Health Treatment? No Says Rep. Patrick Kennedy

This month, mental health and correctional professionals from all over the nation gathered in Chicago to address a problem that many are not aware of. People denied mental health services who end up homeless or incarcerated as criminals. The conference, called “The Cost of Doing Nothing,” sponsored by the Kennedy Forum was held at Chicago’s Palmer House Hilton.

Mental Health Treatment in Prison Gets Culture Overhaul

purred by a lawsuit aimed at the high number of inmates with mental illness being kept in solitary confinement, the Department of Correction has since taken a systemwide look at all mentally ill inmates and how it can better help them through appropriate medical care to helping department employees spot signs of mental illness and how to respond.