Technical Assistance Tools

This section contains interactive, online resources for policymakers, program planners, and others on topics they must tackle when designing collaborative, specialized responses to people with mental illnesses involved in the criminal justice system.

  • Advocacy Handbook

    Through its work with NAMI (the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill), the National Mental Health Association (NMHA), the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD), and the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, the Justice Center developed The Advocacy Handbook. The Handbook is a how-to guide for advocates who want to improve the response to people with mental illnesses who are in contact with the criminal justice system.

  • Collaboration Assessment Tool

    Enables leaders in corrections or mental health organizations to assess their current level of collaboration and chart a course for improving collaboration in four categories: knowledge base, systems, services, and resources.

  • Mental Health Court Data Collection Template

    A database for mental health court operations and reporting that includes a User Manual, Tech Guide, and Data Dictionary for interested jurisdictions.