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.
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
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.
The Justice Center partnered with the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) on this toolkit, which combines practical tips, supported by relevant research, to manage a crisis involving a person with a history or current diagnosis of serious mental illness.
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.
With funding from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance, the American Probation and Parole Association is offering these two free online training courses related to building and improving partnerships.
This Technical Assistance Publication, from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, describes core elements of screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment programs for people with or at risk for substance use disorders.
The John Jay Center on Media, Crime, and Justice held a two-day symposium in New York on October 21-22 entitled “Health Behind Bars—What Obamacare Means for Courts, Prisons, Jails and Justice-Involved Communities.”
This report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides policymakers with essential information on expenditures for mental health and substance abuse treatment services, sources of financing, and trends over time.
On December 5, 2012, the Committee on Law and Justice of the National Research Council (NRC) and the Board on Health and Select Populations of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) sponsored a workshop on health and incarceration that brought together […]
This report from the Federal Partners Committee on Women and Trauma was developed with support from SAMHSA’s National Center for Trauma-Informed Care, and it reflects the commitment of more than three dozen federal agencies and offices to implementing gender-responsive, trauma-informed approaches.
This web-based dynamic analysis tool, from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics, allows you to examine National Prisoner Statistics (NPS) on individuals under the jurisdiction of both federal and state correctional authorities. Tables of numbers and rates […]
This conference report, from the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, presents a thorough examination of the racial and ethnic disparities in America’s criminal justice system and concrete ways to overcome them. Held in October 2012, the conference facilitated open […]
This report, from Policy Research Associates, is a broad blueprint for communities planning or evaluating a juvenile mental health court (JMHC). Funded by the National Institute of Justice, the report is based on a national survey of all JMHCs in the U.S., site visits, stakeholder interviews, observations of court proceedings, and focus groups, and extensive interviews with participants and their guardians.