Judicial Work at the Interface of Mental Health and Criminal Justice is a four-hour live interactive training designed for judges who hear criminal cases. The program was created by judges and psychiatrists working in partnership with the American Psychiatric Association Foundation (APAF) and the CSG Justice Center with input from The National Judicial College and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation.
Presented by pairs of expert judges and psychiatrists from the Judges’ and Psychiatrists’ Leadership Initiative and the Psychiatric Leadership Group for Criminal Justice, Judicial Work at the Interface of Mental Health and Criminal Justice prepares judges to:
- Define basic terminology about mental illnesses and co-occurring substance use disorders
- Articulate the role of criminogenic risk and how it affects people with behavioral health needs
- Explain the overrepresentation of people with mental illnesses in the criminal justice system
- Improve interactions with people with behavioral health needs in their courtrooms
- Achieve better outcomes for people with behavioral health needs in their jurisdictions
Clockwise from bottom left: Dr. Douglas Smith (OH), Justice Kathryn Zenoff (IL), Dr. Mark Munetz (OH), Dr. Marcia Kraft Goin (CA), Judge Stephen Goss (GA), Dr. Fred Osher (SC), Judge Steven Leifman (FL), Judge Paul Bridenstine (MI), and Dr. Michael Greenspan (NY) are some of the judges and psychiatrists available to present the training Judicial Work at the Interface of Mental Health and Criminal Justice.
Judicial Work at the Interface of Mental Health and Criminal Justice:
- Includes a presentation and video case studies illustrating issues that arise in the courtroom with discussion to build practical skills
- Can be accompanied by several practical handouts, including resource guides and the popular Judges’ Guide to Mental Illnesses in the Courtroom
- Has been presented in 14 states including Illinois and Oregon
APAF and the CSG Justice Center are now accepting applications from other states interested in arranging the training module for their judiciaries, and will cover travel costs for the presenters.