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.

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Guidelines for the Successful Transition of People with Behavioral Health Disorders from Jail and Prison

Guidelines for the Successful Transition of People with Behavioral Health Disorders from Jail and Prison

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.

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Adults with Behavioral Health Needs under Correctional Supervision: A Shared Framework for Reducing Recidivism and Promoting Recovery

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.

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A Checklist for Implementing Evidence-Based Practices and Programs for Justice-Involved Adults with Behavioral Health Disorders

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.

Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act Fact Sheet

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.

External Publications

New England Journal of Medicine

Trends in Mental Health Care Among Children and Adolescents

This study from the New England Journal of Medicine highlights trends of mental health outpatient services for youth between the ages of 6 and 17. It reports that outpatient mental health service increased from 9.2 percent in 1996–1998 and 13.3 percent in 2010–2012.

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Tuesday TED-style Talk at NatCon15

During this “TED-style” talk at the National Council of Behavioral Health’s annual NatCon conference, the CSG Justice Center’s Dr. Fred Osher explained how the risk-need-responsitivity (RNR) model can be used to reduce recidivism.

Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Collaborative for Change

Diverting Youth at Probation Intake: The Front-End Diversion Initiative

This publication from the Mental Health Juvenile Justice Collaborative for Change and the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice discusses the Front-End Diversion Initiative (FEDI) in Texas, an effort to divert youth with mental health needs away from the juvenile justice system.

Top Five Most Costly Conditions Among Children

This brief from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality presents data on medical expenditures for care provided in 2012 for the five most costly conditions among children up to age 7.

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Toolkit: Say it Out Loud

This toolkit developed by the National Alliance on Mental Illness contains short guides, videos, facts sheets, and more, which can be used to raise awareness, start a conversation, and share information on mental illnesses with teens.