Criminal Justice/Mental Health Learning Sites

Since 2006, the CSG Justice Center has worked in partnership with the U.S. Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), to identify and highlight agencies from across the country with comprehensive and successful criminal justice/mental health programs that are willing to share their expertise. These "learning sites" serve as centers for peer-to-peer learning for other criminal justice and mental health agencies and organizations. To date, the Justice Center and BJA have identified five mental health courts and six law enforcement agencies that use a range of effective responses to people with mental illnesses involved with the criminal justice system. These sites have been chosen not just for their programmatic successes, but also for their ability to provide insight and guidance to other jurisdictions interested in starting or expanding a criminal justice/mental health collaboration.

To find and contact a learning site in your area, please click on the jurisdictions with stars on the map below.

Mental Health Court Learning Sites

Located across the country, the BJA-designated mental health court learning sites represent a diverse cross-section of perspectives and court models. The sites host visits from other jurisdictions, answer questions from the field, and work with BJA and the Justice Center to assess and improve their own program operations. Although they are not necessarily ideal models, the sites are of value because each has demonstrated a commitment to the ten essential elements of a mental health court while maintaining flexible in designing their programs to meet their communities’ needs.

Law Enforcement/Mental Health Learning Sites

The Law Enforcement/Mental Health learning sites collectively reflect the range of strategies a law enforcement agency might consider when developing a collaborative initiative to address the needs of individuals with mental illnesses in their community. As centers of peer-to-peer learning and support, learning site personnel are committed to providing guidance to agencies in other jurisdictions that are interested in creating or expanding their own Specialized Policing Responses.

Download the following files to learn about the technical assistance (TA) offered by the learning sites:

TA Request Form

Learn more about Mental Health Courts

Learn more about Law Enforcement and Mental Health