Materials from the Justice Center and BJA February 2011 Technical Assistance and Training Event Now Available

The Justice Center, in conjunction with the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), U.S. Department of Justice, hosted a national technical assistance and training event on February 9-11, 2011 in Baltimore, MD. Over 400 representatives from state and local governments and community-based programs attended the event, Collaborating to Achieve and Communicate Positive Public Health and Public Safety Outcomes. Participation was limited primarily to representatives from jurisdictions that received grants through BJA’s Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP), as well as those whose jurisdictions applied for but did not receive funding from JMHCP.

Materials from this event are now available here.

To ensure that other policymakers and practitioners not in attendance can benefit from the wealth of expertise at this event, the Justice Center has archived PowerPoint slides and resources provided by the speakers at both the plenary and break-out sessions. These sessions focused on issues such as screenings and assessments, youth with mental illnesses, trauma-informed care, engaging consumers in program planning, and support from county and state funding sources.

Keynote and plenary sessions were recorded and will soon be available online. The keynote speakers were: Tonier Cain, Team Lead for the National Center for Trauma-Informed Care, Representative Pat Colloton from the Kansas House of Representatives, James Burch II, Acting Director at the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice, University of California-Irvine Associate Professor Jen Skeem, Judge Steven Leifman, Special Advisor on Criminal Justice and Mental Health for the Supreme Court of Florida, Pamela Hyde, Administrator at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and Mike Eisenberg, Research Manager at the Council of State Governments Justice Center.

Thanks are due to the federal and organization partners who helped with the planning and implementation of the event including the National Institute of Corrections (NIC), the Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), U.S. Department of Justice, the Center for Mental Health Services’ National GAINS Center, the Pretrial Justice Institute, and the National Association of Counties, the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).