Judges’ and Psychiatrists’ Leadership Initiative

As leaders in their respective fields, judges and psychiatrists are in a unique position to champion initiatives that address the overrepresentation of people with mental illnesses who are involved in the criminal justice system—initiatives that would ultimately enhance people’s quality of life, improve public health, increase community safety, and use public resources more effectively.

The Judges’ and Psychiatrists’ Leadership Initiative (JPLI) aims to stimulate, support, and enhance efforts by judges and psychiatrists to improve judicial, community, and systemic responses to people with behavioral health needs who are involved in the justice system by:

  • Creating a community of judges and psychiatrists through web-based and in-person trainings, and the development and distribution of a newsletter to judges and psychiatrists;

    Sign up for the Judges’ and Psychiatrists’ Leadership Initiative Newsletter using the form on the right.

  • Increasing the reach of trainings in order to build the non-clinical skills of court professionals, which will help improve individual and public safety outcomes;

    JPLI partnered with the American Psychiatric Association Foundation and the Psychiatric Leadership Group for Criminal Justice to develop Judicial Work at the Interface of Mental Health & Criminal Justice, a training module for judges on addressing behavioral health issues when they arise in the courtroom. The training has been presented to more than 1000 judges from 22 states and Washington, DC. Pairs of judges and psychiatrists from around the country have also been trained to present the module.

    Apply for the Judicial Work at the Interface of Mental Health and Criminal Justice judge's training here.

  • Developing educational resources to increase judges’ and psychiatrists’ understanding of the latest research and best practices for people with mental illnesses involved in the justice system.



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