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Justice Center Webinar Archive

Supporting People with Serious Mental Illnesses and Reducing Their Risk of Contact with the Criminal Justice System

Supporting People with Serious Mental Illnesses and Reducing Their Risk of Contact with the Criminal Justice System

This webinar provides an overview of the primer, Supporting People with Serious Mental Illnesses and Reducing Their Risk of Contact with the Criminal Justice System, a resource designed to help familiarize psychiatrists with the Risk-Need-Responsivity (RNR) Model—which is used by criminal justice professionals to identify the factors that contribute to a person’s risk of recidivism and tailor interventions based on the identified factors—and provide information on ways psychiatrists can help address the particular needs of this population.

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.

Webinar: “Expungement: Policy and Practice in the South”

Webinar: “Expungement: Policy and Practice in the South”

This webinar provides an overview of policy trends regarding the expungement/sealing of criminal record information in the South, using case studies of southern states including South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, ¬¬and Maryland.

Improving Outcomes for Court-Involved Youth with Co-Occurring Disorders

Improving Outcomes for Court-Involved Youth with Co-Occurring Disorders

This webinar provides an overview of three briefs that were recently published by National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges on the treatment of co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders among youth.

Youthful Offenders – DC Public Safety Television

Youthful Offenders – DC Public Safety Television

This video, aired on DC Public Safety Television and produced by Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency for the District of Columbia (CSOSA) and the Office of Cable Television, provides an overview of CSOSA’ efforts to implement best practices for […]

Mental Health Courts Research Roundup: Applying Research to Practice

Mental Health Courts Research Roundup: Applying Research to Practice

This webinar, held on March 26th, 2013, provided an overview of emerging research about mental health courts and discussed its implications for mental health court practitioners and policymakers. During the webinar, mental health court researchers shared their findings and facilitated […]

Webinar Archive: Addressing Co-occurring Disorders in Adult Court-Based Programs

This webinar, held on August 16, 2012, provided an overview of how court-based programs (e.g., problem-solving courts) can effectively address the needs of participants with both mental health and substance use disorders. Roger Peters, PhD, one of the nation’s leading experts on this issue, discussed what court-based programs can do to ensure the success of participants with co-occurring disorders, including refining eligibility considerations, implementing screening and assessment, connecting participants with evidence-based treatment, and making enhancements to treatment and supervision strategies. The webinar concluded with a Q & A session in which Dr. Peters answered questions from webinar attendees.

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Webinar Archive: Trauma Services in Criminal Justice Settings: What, Why & How

Recognition of the significance and prevalence of trauma issues for individuals in the criminal justice system is growing and systems are responding by becoming trauma-informed. In Trauma Services in Criminal Justice Settings: What, Why & How, Joan Gillece, Ph.D. presented information on what trauma is and how it can affect those involved in the criminal justice system. Flo Hepola, a mental health clinician, addressed the challenges to providing trauma services in the criminal justice setting and ways practitioners can address these challenges. The webinar concluded with a question-and-answer session with the presenters.

Webinar Archive: Working with Data for Mental Health Court Practitioners, Part One: Data collection and manipulation

This webinar provided practitioners with an orientation to data collection in mental health courts and offered concrete skills for working with data in Microsoft Excel. The webinar featured perspectives on collecting data from Cynthea Kimmelman, director of administrative services at the Bronx Mental Health Court (NY), one of the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Mental Health Court Learning Sites. Andrew Barbee, senior research associate at the CSG Justice Center, demonstrated basic Excel features that facilitate data collection and analysis. This portion of the presentation included step-by-step instructions on how to best use selected features in Microsoft Excel 2003 (Excel 2007 analogs will be mentioned). The webinar concluded with a question-and-answer session with Ms. Kimmelman and Mr. Barbee, as well as Hallie Fader-Towe, policy analyst, CSG Justice Center, who provided perspectives on the issue of data collection among mental health courts nationwide.

Webinar Archive: Improving the Mental Health Court Response to Crime Victims

This webinar explored why the rights due to victims in traditional criminal court proceedings are not always made available to individuals who are victimized by people accepted into mental health courts. Panelists suggested practical solutions for improving victims’ rights policies and highlighted recommendations from the Justice Center publication, Guide to the Role of Crime Victims in Mental Health Courts, developed with support from the Office for Victims of Crime. Panelists also outlined strategies for involving victims at various points in the mental health court process without compromising adherence to medical privacy mandates and principles.

Upcoming Webinars

Register for Webinar: Understanding Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in People Involved with the Criminal Justice System

Register for Webinar: Understanding Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in People Involved with the Criminal Justice System

In this webinar Leigh Ann Davis, director of the National Center on Criminal Justice & Disability, will discuss the differences and similarities between various kinds of behavioral health diagnoses and intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD), how to identify someone with I/DD, and tips for to work more effectively with people with I/DD in correctional settings.