With support from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center is currently offering virtual training and support to one local jurisdiction (e.g., county, city) during Summer 2020 to better understand the flow of people with mental illnesses in their local criminal justice system. This support will also include opportunities to explore potential diversion and intervention strategies, particularly within law enforcement and crisis system responses, to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses who are arrested and booked into jail.
Based on your specific needs, CSG Justice Center staff will: (1) work with the site to complete a system flow exercise, incorporating available criminal justice and behavioral health data, to understand how people with mental illness flow through the criminal justice system; (2) explore current and potential diversion and intervention opportunities for the mental health population throughout the criminal justice process; and (3) identify potential partnerships and help expand capacity of community based providers. CSG Justice Center staff will also work with the site to develop concrete and actionable recommendations and action steps to guide future action, such as the modification or development of new programs, policies, or procedures.
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