Through pre- and post-incarceration services, Just In Reach creates a stable environment in which goals such as employment and family reunification can be built.
Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams, Sheriff Jim Winder and District Attorney Sim Gill recently endorsed the recommendations of a just-completed, independent study about the county’s ongoing efforts to reduce recidivism and appropriately divert those with mental illnesses and substance use disorders away from the county jail and into treatment.
At Detroit Central City Community Mental Health in Wayne County, Michigan, clients used to arrive to see their clinicians or a doctor. Now, more frequently, they come to see their mentor.
After commuting the sentences of 46 people convicted of nonviolent drug crimes earlier in the week, President Barack Obama said in a major speech on July 14 at the NAACP that it was time to reduce sentences for people convicted of nonviolent crimes generally and to invest in helping formerly incarcerated people reenter society.
The Texas Indigent Defense Commission—chaired by Sharon Keller, presiding judge on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals—unanimously approved a $600,000 grant to be dispersed over four years for the Bexar County (San Antonio) Public Defender’s Office to provide attorneys at the initial court hearings of people who are indigent and have mental illnesses.
Hosted by CSH, this webinar will include an overview of WIOA, the changes it requires, and how to engage workforce development systems to improve the quality of services available to people who are low-income, homeless, physically disabled, living with mental illnesses, or experiencing other barriers to employment success.
Californians for Safety and Justice has launched a statewide public education campaign to help increase enrollment in the state’s Medicaid program, MediCal, among Californians who will be released from jails and prisons or are on probation or parole.
This year’s theme, Unleashing the Collective Power of Communities, recognizes how multiple sectors of a community can work together to prevent substance use disorders among individuals in their community. Community leaders across the country are also called upon to raise awareness and to take action towards prevention.
This archived webinar from the TA Network and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration discusses the overuse of psychotropic medication among children and youth with behavioral health needs, particularly among those enrolled in Medicaid.
This webinar provides foundational knowledge on RNR as well as guidance on understanding and implementing risk assessment tools as a way to direct resources and support recidivism-reduction strategies for criminal justice and social service agencies, practitioners, and policymakers.
In this webinar BJA representatives provide an overview of the JMHCP solicitation, discuss eligibility and application materials, and lead a question and answer session.
In this webinar BJA representatives provide an overview of the JMHCP solicitation, explain the law enforcement priority consideration, discuss eligibility and application materials, and lead a question and answer session.
During this webinar CSG Justice Center staff explain the training and technical assistance opportunities and resources available to 2014 JMHCP grantees.
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.
This webinar explains and clarifies the issues related to allowable uses of federal Medicaid funds for incarcerated individuals, and provides an example of how corrections departments can leverage cost savings as a result.
This webinar discusses the unique characteristics of youth with disabilities who are involved with the justice system and the implications of those characteristics when providing services within a secure care setting.
This video is a webcast of the April 2014 conference, “Health Reform and Criminal Justice: Advancing New Opportunities,” cohosted by the Community Oriented Correctional Health Services (COCHS) and the journal Health Affairs.
In this webinar presenters discuss the unique challenges that law enforcement and mental health service providers face on college campuses, strategies for engaging campus stakeholders (e.g., students, faculty, administration and community residents), and information sharing.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth, particularly those involved in the juvenile justice system, are at heightened risk of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. This guide from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, designed to ensure the safety and well-being of LGBT youth in the system, covers a wide range of policies and practice.
This report from the American Progress highlights the trends around preschool discipline, and details the interconnected factors that augment these trends, including the rise of zero-tolerance policies and mental health issues in young children. It also explores factors that cause suspensions and expulsions, which includes the implicit biases of teacher and school administrators, the lack of resources for teachers and more.
This resource guide from the Carter Center Mental Health Program aims to increase accurate reporting of behavioral health issues, decrease stereotypes, and help journalists better understand mental health and substance use issues and access expert resources.
This article published in Pediatrics, Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics discusses the complications and serious medical, mental health, developmental, oral health, and psychological problems that many children and adolescents who enter foster care often have —many of which, are rooted in their history of childhood trauma.
While the prevalence of behavioral health disorders decreases over time among youth after their release from juvenile detention, a substantial proportion of this population continue to have disorders, according to a bulletin from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
Since 2010, efforts to reform solitary confinement have made headway in almost half the states. Eight reform principles are emerging from these efforts. These principles would limit who is subject to solitary and for how long, make the conditions of confinement more humane, and provide necessary oversight of the practice. Read about these principles here.
Texas Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) hosted a round table on mental health and community safety with Austin Law Enforcement and local leaders Monday. The meeting at the Travis County Justice Center is the latest effort to reform the way Texas handles people with mental illnesses who commit minor offenses.
The Justice Department recently announced that it will award grants totaling $53 million to 45 jurisdictions, to reduce recidivism among adults and youth returning to their communities after confinement. The Second Chance Act programs, administered through the Office of Justice Programs’ Bureau of Justice Assistance and Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention support state, local and tribal community organizations in their efforts to reduce recidivism, provide reentry services and support research programs.
The Mental Health and Safe Communities Act strengthens federal programs related to mental health in the criminal justice system by: improving the background check system; enhancing the ability of families and communities to identify mental illness; improving treatment for mental illness; and strengthening responses to mental health crises.
Join National Journal for a forum of lawmakers, key experts and stakeholders for a robust discussion about the pressing need for mental health reform.
Psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists, social workers and other mental health care practitioners rejoice: It appears a lot of elected officials, including a remarkable number of conservatives, have your back. Since last week’s shooting at Umpqua Community College that left 10 dead, there has been a steady drumbeat of calls for better care for the mentally ill.
In this three part series we will explore the issues of complex trauma, the effect on emotional and cognitive development of young people, and interventions at the classroom and system level that can mitigate negative outcomes.
A new bill, AB 1056 from Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, aimed at reducing the rate of released inmates committing new crimes was signed into law Friday by Gov. Jerry Brown. The new law will provide funding for collaborative, community-based proposals to assist ex-inmates with housing, behavioral health care, drug treatment and other services.
The Justice Department announced today that it will award grants totaling $53 million to 45 jurisdictions, to reduce recidivism among adults and youth returning to their communities after confinement.
President Barack Obama proclaims that October is National Youth Awareness Month. “This month, we rededicate ourselves to preventing youth from entering the juvenile and criminal justice systems and recommit to building a country where all our daughters and sons can grow, flourish, and take our Nation to new and greater heights.”