Highlighting the role of police departments in advancing these approaches, BJA announced the Police-Mental Health Collaboration (PMHC) Toolkit at the 2016 International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference in San Diego, California. The PMHC Toolkit was developed in partnership with The Council of State Governments Justice Center and gathers best practices and resources to help law enforcement agencies partner with mental health providers to respond appropriately and safely to people with mental illnesses.
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.
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.
“We really became committed to reentry,” said Rockdale County Lieutenant Dennis Pass. “So going to command staff and getting buy-in for using this tool wasn’t difficult. They knew finding a tool that doesn’t take a clinician to use is tough, so this was a perfect fit.”
Since the mental health court was implemented, everyone who is booked into the Joplin City Jail is given a brief mental health screen, a process that Jail Administrator Shane Dotson said was unprecedented in Joplin prior to the establishment of the mental health court program.
The Multi-System Collaboration Training and Technical Assistance Program supports jurisdictions that are interested in developing a sound infrastructure to promote multi-system approaches to serving at-risk, justice-involved youth and their families.
Participants will have the opportunity for self evaluation of current agency practice around restrictive housing, participation in skill-building activities, discussions, problem-solving exercises, and information sharing with peers facing similar challenges from across the U.S.
On May 25, the CSG Justice Center welcomed Mack Jenkins to its Justice Reinvestment team as a senior policy advisor. In his new role, Mr. Jenkins will leverage his nearly 40 years of criminal justice experience to assist supervision agencies in states across the country in adopting best practices to reduce recidivism and increase public safety.
This webinar provides an overview of PMHC programs—collaborative partnerships among law enforcement agencies, mental health providers, and other community-based entities—and features two Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program grantees whose programs effectively respond to people with mental illnesses.
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.
Grant funding often provides seed money to help agencies launch new programs. However, once the grant has expended, finding additional funds to sustain a program can be challenging. This webinar discusses how other funding streams can be leveraged, and partnerships developed, to help sustain a program.
This webinar is especially useful for juvenile correctional agencies, behavioral health agencies, clinicians, reentry coordinators, probation and parole staff, and other stakeholders.
This webinar is designed for Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program and Second Chance Act Reentry Program for Adults with Co-occurring Substance Use and Mental Disorders grantees and features speakers from three different grant programs that are utilizing MAT in jail and community-based settings for people involved in the justice system.
In this webinar, officials from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and The Council of State Governments Justice Center explain the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program and how law enforcement agencies can apply for this grant.
In this webinar, officials from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance and The Council of State Governments Justice Center explain the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program and its application process.
This webinar was presented to Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program and Second Chance Act Co-Occurring Substance Use and Mental Disorders grantees discussed strategies for developing information sharing collaborations between criminal justice and behavioral health systems.
This webinar for mental health court curriculum state trainers discusses strategies to utilize trauma-informed court approaches in mental health courts.
During this webinar, officials from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance explain the grant program and application process and respond to questions from the field about the grant program.
These checklists can help law enforcement, behavior health, and local leaders determine whether their Police-Mental Health Collaboration (PMHC) programs align with promising practices for improving outcomes for law enforcement encounters with people with mental illnesses or who are in mental health crisis.
This snapshot provides details on the Ramsey County, Minnesota, Mental Health Court Learning Site—how it functions, whom it serves, and what makes it unique.
This snapshot provides details on the New York City’s Education & Assistance Corporation Mental Health Diversion Program—how it functions, whom it serves, and what makes it unique.
This snapshot provides details on the Dougherty County, Georgia, Mental Health Court Learning Site—how it functions, whom it serves, and what makes it unique.
This snapshot provides details on the Bonneville County, Idaho, Mental Health Court Learning Site—how it functions, whom it serves, and what makes it unique.
Baltimore County, Maryland will work with the nonprofit Council of State Governments Justice Center over the next six months to evaluate police training in behavioral health responses, de-escalation strategies, and cultural competence.
The White House’s Police Data Initiative and Data-Driven Justice Initiative Teach now support more than 100 jurisdictions – communities, counties, and states – and collectively reach over 94 million Americans.
Since its inception in June 2015, the local Stepping Up Initiative has continued to make long and swift strides in treatment for those with mental health issues in Pettis County, Massachusetts.
Hundreds of law enforcement professionals from across the U.S. raised their hands to answer a simple question on Monday: “How many in this group (have) a story – either personal or (professional) – about confronting somebody with a mental health problem?” National Sheriff’s Association Director Jonathan Thompson asked.
Winona County, Minnesota recently won $450,000 in federal and state grants to fix problems with how the criminal justice system handles mental illness and to help ex-offenders move successfully from jail to jobs.
Developing discharge plans for reentering individuals who are Medicaid eligible can improve important health outcomes, save money, and reduce re-incarceration.
Minnehaha County, South Dakota officials signed a letter of commitment Tuesday to join the White House’s latest effort to lessen the burden on local jails.
“This task force is focused on finding ways to stop the revolving door of incarceration for people with mental illness and to provide them with treatment,” said Attorney General DeWine.
As a public defender, Janet Thompson was dismissed for her ideas on improving mental health services to prevent those suffering from mental illness from landing in the criminal justice system. Thompson, now Boone County Northern District, Missouri commissioner, has spearheaded the Stepping Up Initiative in her district.
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