Developing a Mental Health Court: An Interdisciplinary Curriculum

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Judge Steven Leifman Named A ‘Public Official of the Year’

Judge Steven Leifman Named A ‘Public Official of the Year’

Judge Steven Leifman of Miami-Dade County, Florida was recently named “Public Official of the Year” by Governing magazine for his commitment to addressing the high prevalence of mental illness among people in the criminal justice system.

Q&A with Utah’s Assistant State Courts Administrator Richard Schwermer

Q&A with Utah’s Assistant State Courts Administrator Richard Schwermer

The Council of State Governments Justice Center talked to Richard Schwermer, Utah’s assistant state courts administrator, about mental health courts in his state and his use of Developing a Mental Health Court: An Interdisciplinary Curriculum, the CSG Justice Center’s free online multimedia curriculum for people and teams seeking to start, maintain, or learn about mental health courts.

Two Counties Use Online Mental Health Court Curriculum to Work Toward Program Sustainability

Two Counties Use Online Mental Health Court Curriculum to Work Toward Program Sustainability

For many jurisdictions, sustaining a mental health court program can prove challenging both monetarily and in terms of staff capacity. Grant funding often provides the seed money to plan or launch a mental health court. But obtaining additional funds to keep the program running once grants run out requires leveraging other funding streams and maintaining strong partnerships with stakeholders.

A Message from The CSG Justice Center’s Executive Committee Chair and Vice-Chair

A Message from The CSG Justice Center’s Executive Committee Chair and Vice-Chair

The tragedies of the past week weigh heavily on us. As public safety officials in our respective states, we were outraged to see the very people working to protect the public murdered because of the uniform they wear. We also feel deeply for residents of communities who, because of the color of their skin, fear the people who have sworn an oath to protect them.

State Standards: Building Better Mental Health Courts

State Standards: Building Better Mental Health Courts

As formal “mental health courts” (MHCs) enter their third decade in existence, policymakers are increasingly looking to distill the best of research and practice into state standards that foster high-quality programing and accountability for MHCs in their states.

Announcements

Apply Now: SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery Technical Assistance Program

Apply Now: SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery Technical Assistance Program

The SOAR program assists states and localities to expedite access to the Social Security Administration’s disability programs—Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)—for persons who are experiencing or at risk for homelessness and have a mental illness, co-occurring substance use disorder, or other serious medical condition.

Apply Now: Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program

Apply Now: Adult Drug Court Discretionary Grant Program

This program provides resources to state, local, and tribal governments and courts to enhance drug court programs and systems—including those related to opioid substance use disorders—for people charged with or convicted of nonviolent crimes who have substance use disorders.

Apply for Training: Judicial Work at the Interface of Mental Health and Criminal Justice

Apply for Training: Judicial Work at the Interface of Mental Health and Criminal Justice

Judicial Work at the Interface of Mental Health and Criminal Justice is a four-hour live interactive training designed for all judges who hear criminal cases. The program was created by judges and psychiatrists working in partnership with the American Psychiatric Association Foundation and the CSG Justice Center with input from The National Judicial College and SAMHSA’s GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation.

Webinars

Developing Program Phases in a Mental Health Court

Developing Program Phases in a Mental Health Court

As jurisdictions refine their practices within mental health courts they often seek additional information on using a phased approach as a way to structure program participation. How are program phases created? What makes them effective? How many program phases should a mental health court have? This webinar focusses on answering these questions and others.

Understanding the Role of Trauma in Recovery and Recidivism

Understanding the Role of Trauma in Recovery and Recidivism

During this recorded live session, presenters reviewed cutting edge research on trauma and its impacts; explored best practices for trauma interventions, services, and the development of a trauma-informed approach; and identified specific considerations for utilizing a trauma-informed approach when working with people involved in the justice system.

Publications

Recent Headlines

After a Crime, the Price of a Second Chance

“To tell somebody that if you can pay for this, you can get your charges dismissed, but if you are poor you are going to go through the system? That’s completely unfair,” said Mark Kammerer, who runs diversion programs for the Cook County state’s attorney in Chicago, where defendants are not charged a fee.

Officials Tour Municipal Court, Observe Programs

“These programs are designed to try to link people to appropriate treatment services, stabilize them in the community, and to reduce the rate of re-arrest and recidivism, which is helpful not only to the individual and their family, but to the community and public safety,” said Steve Goss, state circuit court judge from Albany, Georgia.