Court Case Processing Learning Collaborative: Improving Caseflow Management for Defendants with Behavioral Health Needs

June 30, 2020

The Council of State Governments Justice Center, along with the National Center for State Courts, is hosting a virtual learning collaborative consisting of three sessions about how to improve criminal case processing for defendants with behavioral health needs. The sessions will focus on how COVID-19 affects caseflow processing, innovations for processing cases involving defendants with behavioral health needs during the pandemic, and strategies for “building back better” as jurisdictions are beginning to resume full court operations and address backlogs. The sessions are designed to be interactive and collaborative and provide an opportunity for peer learning. This learning collaborative is supported by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance.

The virtual learning collaborative will include teams from jurisdictions throughout the country. To be eligible for participation, each team must include at least one of each of the following participants:

  • Judge
  • Court administrator
  • Jail/corrections staff member
  • Prosecutor
  • Defense attorney
  • Behavioral health provider representative


Please apply by July 15, 2020, for the opportunity to participate in this learning collaborative.


Session 1: Caseflow Processing for Defendants with Behavioral Health Needs: Challenges and Principles

Date: July 24, 2020

Time: 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. PST

Session 2: Restarting Court Operations and Addressing Case Backlogs

Date: August 27, 2020

Time: 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. PST

Session 3: Improving Caseflow for Defendants with Behavioral Health Needs Going Forward

Date: September 24, 2020

Time: 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. PST


Application deadline: July 15, 2020. Please have only one person register per team.

All team participants must commit to attending all three scheduled sessions in July, August, and September.

Please reach out to Katie Herman at with any questions.


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Katie Herman
Senior Policy Analyst, Behavioral Health
Katie Herman plays a key role in the Stepping Up initiative, mental health diversion, and other work at the intersection of justice, behavioral health, and homelessness. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, she worked at the Center for Alternative
Sentencing and Employment Services (CASES) in New York City for eight years. She was initially the court liaison social worker for the CASES Nathaniel ACT Team, the city's first felony alternative to incarceration program for adults with serious mental illnesses. She then supervised their Criminal and Supreme Court Team. Katie received a bachelor's degree in English from the University of San Diego and a master's degree in social work from the Columbia University School of Social Work.
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