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 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.
This bulletin from the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides guidance to states in designing health benefits that meet the needs of youth with substance use disorders, while also complying with Medicaid’s Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment requirements.
In September 2010, dependent care coverage to young adults expanded under the Affordable Care Act, allowing individuals below the age of 26 to remain under their parents’ insurance.
This report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provides data on behavioral health care issues affecting youth and adults in the United States.
This report from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) provides information on themes, trends, and effective practices in state legislation on mental health care services during 2014.
This report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office identifies and examines federal programs that support individuals who have serious mental disorders.
This report from Mental Health America provides overall rankings for all 50 states and the District of Columbia on mental health status and access.
This study published in the American Journal of Public Health examines mental health screening and medication continuity across prisons in the United States.
The National Association of Counties and the CSG Justice Center will work with initiative partners to integrate and maximize their existing resources to assist counties, as well as coordinate outreach to media and demonstrate a groundswell to both policymakers and practitioners.
This report from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project presents data on patient demographics and characteristics related to hospital stays for Medicaid super-utilizers—patients who had four or more hospital admissions during 2012—compared with stays for other Medicaid patients.