Part of DOJ’s Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program, the grant will pay salaries to allow a Memorial mental-health professional to be based in the jail and conduct assessments of inmates within a day or two after they are brought in by police.
Mental Health Media Clips
When the MacArthur Foundation called Lisa Daugaard to tell her she’d been selected for a prestigious fellowship, she didn’t answer. Daugaard thought the calls were coming from a telemarketer, and she had a lot on her mind.
Council of State Governments Behavioral Health Director Ayesha Delany-Brumsey says, “The question that needs to be answered is, if there is a call to 911 for someone in crisis, how do we respond most effectively? As of now, the only options are to send the police or EMS.”
Forensic Assertive Community Treatment teams provide a range of support services designed to keep people with serious mental illness out of the hospital and out of the criminal justice system.
Providing housing and services rather than putting people in jail actually eases their addiction, ensures they have the tools to break the cycle of homelessness and has saved Seattle millions in law enforcement and emergency room costs.
The study confirms previous work finding that being arrested is associated with adverse mental health outcomes, even if an individual isn’t ultimately charged with a crime.
Understanding how Olmstead applies to the correctional system begins with recognizing that jails and prisons are institutions and that the U.S. Department of Justice’s definition of “segregated settings” applies to them.
In recent years, the board has shifted significant funding and attention to improving the outcomes for people involved in the criminal justice system, launching, for example, the Office of Diversion and Reentry, which helps keep people with mental health and substance abuse disorders out of jail by moving them into community programs.
Inmates who want to move into the new 65-person unit for low-level offenders had to apply to get in. They submitted essays detailing issues they struggle with, goals they have and how they envision a successful recovery.
Soon after Michelle Anderson was appointed Sixth District Judicial Judge in Minnesota’s Iron Range region, where she operates a hybrid court that offers alternatives to jail for individuals with substance abuse problems, she found herself presiding over the case of Jason Drift.
Retired Ohio Supreme Court Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton says this program is worth it. She helped start the Stepping Up initiative in Ohio and says this type of program works.
The program is intended to serve as an addition to existing employee assistance programs and the longstanding Cop2Cop program that provides counseling to police officers experiencing challenges.
It takes about 20 minutes to quash a warrant. People who walked into the Range Mental Health Center had the option to meet with public defenders who talked over cases with prosecutors.
The origins of Loudoun’s mental health docket date back to 2013, when approximately 30 representatives of Loudoun’s human, social, and criminal justice communities engaged in a two-day facilitated cross-systems mapping exercise that used the Sequential Intercept Model.
A $50,000 grant recently awarded to an area mental health agency could have an impact on the number of mentally ill persons arrested in Limestone County or who seek help at the Athens-Limestone Hospital emergency room.
I hope that, on this final season release day, more Americans can see our dysfunctional criminal-justice system for what it is and take to heart the need to reform it. To do this, we need to first ask why so many women and girls are locked up in the first place.
San Luis Obispo County is being recognized as an “innovator county” for its increased efforts in helping inmates with mental illnesses. SLO is one of 14 counties nationwide receiving this recognition by the Stepping Up Initiative.
Daymark Recovery Services is an organization that has center locations throughout North Carolina offering mental health and substance use services to adults, adolescents and children.
The program, which is in development and may be ready to implement in about six months, was presented by Kate McEvoy, director of the Division of Health Services at the Connecticut Department of Social Services, and Christi Staples, New England Director of the Corporation for Supportive Housing.
Summit County officials are hopeful that recent changes at the Summit County Detention Facility will help to reduce rates of recidivism among incarcerated individuals dealing with mental health and substance abuse issues.