This report is designed to provide foundational knowledge and a working framework of risk assessment instruments for criminal justice and social service agencies, practitioners, and policymakers.
Mental Health Publications
The Justice Center, with the support of its funders and project partners, develops a range of practical, nonpartisan, and consensus-based publications– informed by available evidence–for policymakers, practitioners, and others involved in improving the response to people with mental illnesses involved in the criminal justice system.
justice center publications
Developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation in collaboration with the Council of State Governments Justice Center and the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the guidelines promote the criminal justice partnerships that are necessary to develop successful approaches for identifying individuals in need of services, determining what services those individuals need, and addressing these needs during transition from incarceration to community-based treatment and supervision.
The appropriate use of federal Medicaid dollars to help expand health care coverage for individuals involved with the criminal justice system presents an opportunity to achieve reductions in state and local spending, while minimizing known health and public safety concerns associated with reentry following incarceration.
Individuals involved with the criminal justice system face high rates of communicable and chronic diseases, mental illness, and substance use disorders. However, criminal justice practitioners often have difficulty connecting this largely low-income and uninsured population to the health services they […]
The CSG Justice Center’s Improving Outcomes for People with Mental Illnesses Involved with New York City’s Criminal Court and Correction Systems presents the results of an unprecedented analysis of the mental health needs, criminogenic risk, and risk of failure to appear in court for individuals admitted to the New York City Department of Correction.
Statewide Law Enforcement/Mental Health Efforts: Strategies to Support and Sustain Local Initiatives is the product of a project supported by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. It examines how states have developed structures and standards to make police encounters with people […]
The CSG Justice Center’s Adults with Behavioral Health Needs under Correctional Supervision: A Shared Framework for Reducing Recidivism and Promoting Recovery is for policymakers, administrators, and service providers committed to improving outcomes for the large number of adults with mental health and substance use disorders that cycle through the criminal justice system.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation and the Council of State Governments Justice Center have prepared this easy-to-use checklist to help behavioral health agencies assess their utilization of evidence-based practices associated with positive public safety and public health outcomes.
Provides background on the legislation that authorizes federal grants to jurisdictions interested in developing collaborative criminal justice/mental health responses to people with mental illnesses. To download a PDF of the fact sheet, click here.
The Judges’ Guide to Mental Illnesses in the Courtroom is a two-page bench card to help judges recognize the signs of possible mental illnesses among individuals in the courtroom and to respond sensitively and productively. Judges Guide to Mental Illnesses in the […]
This report by Child Trends and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation provides a review of the current knowledge on children’s mental health, research on the development of mental wellness and disorders over a life course, and access to and payment […]
These Medicaid Fact Sheets from the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS) provide information to help consumers understand the basics of Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
This report provides an analysis of research about services for children with behavioral health issues in treatment or therapeutic foster care (TFC).
This report by ACLU of Southern California and the Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law provides recommendations for Los Angeles County officials to establish and implement diversion programs for individuals who have mental disorders and are charged with nonviolent offenses.
This comprehensive report from the East Texas Council of Governments compares mental health and substance use services across 14 Texas counties.
This report by the University of Minnesota’s Children, Youth & Family Consortium summarizes research on how children are affected by parental incarceration, particularly regarding child mental health.
Between one-third and one-half of young adults with mental health challenges have co-occurring substance use issues.
This brief gives a brief overview of trauma and its effects on women involved with the justice system, and provides correctional professionals with common definitions, guiding principles, and key actions relevant to developing trauma-informed facility culture and practices in women’s correctional facilities.
This report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration discusses mental health issues, co-occurring disorders, and mental health services use among older adolescents ages 16 to 17 and young adults ages 18 to 25.
Conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the 2010 National Mental Health Services Survey (N-MHSS), is a biennial survey of specialty mental health treatment facilities.