Substance Abuse

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.

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Improving Outcomes for Court-Involved Youth with Co-Occurring Disorders

This webinar provides an overview of three briefs that were recently published by National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges on the treatment of co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders among youth.

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Online Tool: “Trauma-Informed Care: Perspectives and Resources”

This resource tool from JBS International, Inc., and Georgetown University National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health provides information on existing research, knowledge, practices, and approaches that are effective in addressing trauma.

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Community-Based Supervision: Increased Public Safety, Decreased Expenditures

This tip sheet from the National Juvenile Justice Network and Safely Home Campaign discusses the fundamental characteristics of effective community-based supervision programs, including being evidence-based, using a strength-based/positive youth development approach, having court accountability and family engagement elements, using follow-up [...]

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Collaborative for Change Resource Package

This resource package from the Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Collaborative for Change provides information on the prevalence, identification, and treatment of co-occurring disorders among youth involved with the juvenile justice system.

Recent headlines

Is Slamming the Jail Door Shut Mental Health Treatment? No Says Rep. Patrick Kennedy

This month, mental health and correctional professionals from all over the nation gathered in Chicago to address a problem that many are not aware of. People denied mental health services who end up homeless or incarcerated as criminals. The conference, called “The Cost of Doing Nothing,” sponsored by the Kennedy Forum was held at Chicago’s Palmer House Hilton.

Prisons Submit Plan for Treating Mentally Ill

The Illinois prison system will add four mental-health treatment units and 350 clinical-staff employees to improve circumstances for inmates who are mentally ill, according to a plan made in response to a federal lawsuit.

Loretta Lynch is Obama Choice for AG

WASHINGTON — President Obama will nominate veteran New York federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch to succeed outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder as the nation’s top law enforcement officer.