As part of implementing the state’s justice reinvestment legislation, which Governor Sam Brownback signed into law in May 2013, Kansas has allocated this upfront “reinvestment” to hire 40 experienced service providers in community corrections departments and community-based organizations throughout Kansas to increase access to behavioral health treatment for people on probation.
The majority of people in prison and jail have a substance use disorder. Despite the promise demonstrated by some treatment programs for people who are incarcerated, just a fraction of the people who need services for substance abuse receive it. Connecting people incarcerated to treatment programs proven to be effective, prioritizing resources for those nearing release, and encouraging community-based aftercare will ensure better outcomes for people released from prisons and jails, and the communities to which they return.
Providing answers on relevant topics concerning Mental Health, Health and Substance Abuse topics.
More than 500 researchers, evaluators, administrators, parents, and advocates came together at the 27th Annual Children’s Mental Health Research & Policy Conference, held in Tampa, Florida, on March 2–5 to discuss issues related to health, education, welfare, and juvenile justice.
On February 4, 2014, national leaders in the criminal justice and behavioral health fields gathered in Washington, D.C., to discuss the Access to Treatment: Bringing NIATx to Corrections Project, a partnership between the Council of State Governments Justice Center (CSG Justice Center) and NIATx.
In October 2013, 104 government agencies and nonprofit organizations across the country were awarded grants through the Second Chance Act to help improve the outcomes for and reduce recidivism among individuals leaving prisons, jails, and juvenile facilities.
On January 16, 2014 Congress passed the $1 trillion omnibus federal spending package, which includes a $51.6 billion Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) appropriations bill. Under this bill, the Second Chance Act would receive $67.7 million in funding, the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act (MIOTCRA) would receive $8.2 million, and the Justice Reinvestment Initiative would receive $27.5 million, which includes $1 million for the Charles Colson Task Force on Federal Corrections.
On January 13, 2014 the House and Senate appropriators released the $1 trillion omnibus federal spending package, which includes a $51.6 billion Commerce-Justice-Science (CJS) appropriations bill.
This new online magazine from the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE) features stories, videos, and photography on issues pertinent to the juvenile justice field.
Hosted by SAMSHA, this five-part webinar series will provide updates on the following topics: forensic assertive community treatment, employment for individuals with mental illnesses involved in the criminal justice system, illness management and recovery, integrating mental health and substance abuse services for people with co-occurring disorders involved in criminal justice system, and risk-needs-responsivity and cognitive-behavioral interventions.
Date: April 22–24, 2014
Location: San Francisco, CA
Developed by the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange and the National Juvenile Justice Network, the Juvenile Justice Resource Hub has added a new section on racial-ethnic fairness. This section addresses racial and ethnic disparities, provides information on racial-ethnic fairness and the [...]
This webinar discusses how staff from multiple agencies can work together toward the shared outcomes of reducing recidivism and promoting recovery for people involved in the justice system.
The National Reentry Resource Center hosted this webinar to assist organizations with their 2014 applications for the Adult Co-Occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Health Disorders Second Chance Act grant.
Presented in collaboration with the Center for Health and Justice (CHJ) at Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities (TASC) and the Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network, this webinar discusses how jurisdictions can increase client engagement and retention by adopting a systems approach.
Presented in collaboration with Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities and the Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network, this webinar discusses how jurisdictions can link multiple systems to increase participation and retention in community treatment.
People involved with the criminal justice system experience high rates of communicable and chronic disease, as well as mental health and substance use disorders.
This webinar assists users in navigating the complexity of reentry research available on the What Works in Reentry Clearinghouse.
Presenters review how adopting a “continuing care model” to treat substance use disorders can improve outcomes for individuals who are justice involved.
This webinar was the first in a webinar series titled Best Practices for Engaging and Retaining Formerly Incarcerated Individuals in Community Substance Abuse Treatment. The webinar discussed how jurisdictions can create strong foundations for effective connections to community treatment through a [...]
On January 24, 2013, the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) released Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) grant applications. On February 19, 2013, the Council of State Governments Justice Center (CSG Justice Center) hosted a webinar [...]
This webinar, presented by the CSG Justice Center, features practical approaches to increasing and improving family engagement and involvement in the juvenile justice system. With support from the MacArthur Foundation, the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice has [...]
Of people currently incarcerated in local jails and in state and federal prisons, 17 percent are estimated to have a serious mental illness. The lack of treatment and resources upon release, an inability to work, and few housing options can increase the likelihood of homelessness and recidivism.
This publication from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provides data about key indicators of behavioral health problems including rates of serious mental illness, suicidal thoughts, substance abuse, underage drinking, and the percentages of those who seek treatment for these disorders.
The United States has the highest rate of incarceration in the world, with some 7.2 million Americans under correctional supervision. During 2013, legislators in at least 31 states adopted 47 criminal justice policies that may help to reduce the prison population, improve juvenile justice outcomes, and eliminate the barriers that marginalize people with criminal records.
This report from the Vera Institute of Justice summarizes state-level mandatory sentencing reforms since 2000, discusses their impact, and offers recommendations to jurisdictions considering similar efforts.
This learning module from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Drexel University College of Medicine, and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine enhances the teaching and learning of health care communication skills specific to adolescents with substance use disorders.
Individuals are most likely to begin using drugs—including tobacco, alcohol, and illegal and prescription drugs—during adolescence and young adulthood.
This report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration presents the results from the 2012 National Survey on Drug and Health. It provides detailed tables of the national estimates on the prevalence of mental disorders and mental health service use among youth and adults.
This report from the Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities’ Center for Health and Justice (CHJ) provides the results of a national survey of criminal justice diversion programs, focusing on strategies and lessons learned for reducing recidivism, improving health interventions, and achieving public cost savings.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has released its 2012 National Survey of Substance Abuse Treatment Services (N-SSATS) data and documentation files, which are available for download and online analysis.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Health Insurance Marketplace offers a wealth of materials designed to educate consumers about the importance of health insurance and how to enroll in programs for which they may be eligible.
Recent data from the Illinois Department of Human Services shows the Redeploy Illinois program saved $60 million in incarceration costs and diverted thousands of juveniles from prison with community-based services.
As part of a new initiative, President Obama plans to step up the number of nonviolent drug officers he considers for clemency.
The Justice Department is set to announce new rules this week that could mean reduced sentences for thousands of federal prisoners convicted of non-violent drug crimes.
A proposal to construct a new Lucas County jail wouldn’t just include a larger facility that would house more inmates — it would be accompanied by a community plan to treat mentally ill inmates and those with substance-abuse problems.
Hall County’s drug court program is an alternative to incarceration for drug offenders. Successful completion ensures there is never a conviction on their record.
New York is proceeding with closing of four prisons this summer while lawmakers have imposed a two-year moratorium on further closings after that.
After three months in jail on a theft charge, Vincent Garcia had prepared last week to collect his wallet and keys and turn in his orange scrubs upon release.
Has America’s criminal justice system inadvertently become a storehouse for people with behavioral health problems?
For Nicole Jarrett, PhD, a senior policy analyst with the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center, the question is more than academic.
In a new step to further the Justice Department’s efforts towards enhancing reentry among formerly incarcerated individuals, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday that the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) will impose new requirements on federal halfway houses that help inmates transition back into society.
Massachusetts’ Governor Patrick recently proposed funding to a new set of legal resources designed to address these issues. Drug Courts that have existed in various forms for many years just received support for five new courts in the Commonwealth. These “Problem Solving Courts” are staffed with social workers and other treatment professionals who work with probation officers and judges to structure necessary treatment programs for those who, because of their illness, are not currently capable of engaging in these programs themselves.