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.
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
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 […]
The document addresses the implications for justice-involved adults of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care (PPACA) and Education Reconciliation Act, signed into law by President Barack Obama in March 2010 and commonly referred to as the “health reform” law.
This publication from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provides data about key indicators of behavioral health problems including rates of serious mental illness, suicidal thoughts, substance abuse, underage drinking, and the percentages of those who seek treatment for these disorders.
Mental Health and Juvenile Justice presents community-based treatment interventions as an effective alternative to institutionalization.
This report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration presents the results from the 2012 National Survey on Drug and Health. It provides detailed tables of the national estimates on the prevalence of mental disorders and mental health service use among youth and adults.
This research brief from the University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School of Public Service provides an overview of rural telemental health program service delivery challenges and limitations.
This toolkit from the National Alliance on Mental Illness was created to support presentations about mental health to students on college campuses.
This study from Qualitative Health Research examines how people with serious mental illnesses prioritize their needs when released from jail. It found that they are much more likely to seek assistance with housing and financial needs than treatment when returning to their communities from jail.
This document from the National Institute of Corrections provides a legal context to review current policy and practice specific to the laws and policies affecting women involved with the criminal justice system.
These facts sheets from SAMHSA’s GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation include recently updated briefs on evidence-based practices (EBPs).
The December 18, 2013 issue of this biweekly online publication from Agency for Healthcare Research features three profiles on programs that have increased access and improved mental health care for individuals living in rural areas by using telemedicine and other innovative approaches.
This policy brief discusses research suggesting that military deployment leads to distress and mental health problems in parents and, in turn, is associated with elevated rates of similar social-emotional problems in their children.