Two counties—one in Ohio, the other in Utah—are backing their words with action following separate reports from The Council of State Governments Justice Center that highlighted major disparities in the length of time people with serious mental illnesses stay in each county’s local jail and the rate at which they’re rearrested following their release compared to people with out these illnesses.
Teams of behavioral health and criminal justice professionals gathered in Washington, DC, this week to address the “human consequences of an inhumane system” in which 2 million adults with serious mental illnesses are admitted to county jails every year.
With more people with mental illnesses in jails than ever before—the majority of whom are not a public safety risk—county leaders across the country have united around a central realization: Jails can no longer be used as de facto psychiatric facilities.
Megan Younger, a social worker with 16 years of experience in emergency mental health services, has been the designated co-responder embedded in the Overland Park Police Department since May 2014, a position made possible by a Bureau of Justice Assistance Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program grant awarded to the City of Overland Park in 2013.
County leaders and local policymakers representing 50 jurisdictions in 37 states are set to converge on Washington, DC, April 17-19 to address the overrepresentation of people with mental illnesses in jails across the country.
This four-year pilot program is intended to implement and evaluate new Assisted Outpatient Treatment programs and identify evidence-based practices.
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation recently announced nearly $25 million in support for plans to create fairer, more effective local justice systems across the country. The MacArthur Foundation is awarding 11 jurisdictions grants between $1.5 million and $3.5 million over two years to reduce their jail populations and address racial and ethnic disparities in their justice systems
On May 9, The CSG Justice Center will welcome Richard Cho to its staff as director of the national nonprofit’s Behavioral Health division. In this role, Mr. Cho will lead all initiatives related to The CSG Justice Center’s behavioral health work, which is designed to improve public safety outcomes, reduce the overrepresentation of people with mental illnesses and substance use disorders in the criminal justice system, and promote recovery for this population.
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.
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.
This webinar discusses how individuals access treatment as they reenter their communities from prisons and jails, as well as the process measures that can assist in reentry.
The archived webinar covers the use of well-being questions in domains of connection, coping, and stress and focuses on a two-generation strategy addressing the needs of parents and their children.
This webinar is for the FY2015 Second Chance Act grantees focused on adult offenders with co-occurring substance use and mental disorders.
In this webinar, CSG Justice Center staff explain the training and technical assistance opportunities and resources available to 2015 Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program grantees.
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.
This resource guide from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provides reentry information for behavioral health providers, criminal justice practitioners, people returning home from incarceration, and state and local policymakers.
In this article from the Spring 2016 edition of Executive Exchange, Linda Brady recounts the justice reinvestment process in Indiana, which has involved overhauling the state’s criminal code over the course of several years, appropriating $55 million in funding for grant programs for technology-based programs and substance use and mental health treatment and services, and establishing a Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council to oversee progress.
This paper, commissioned by the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice, is focused on the use, effects, and future research of solitary confinement.
An expert advisory group of judges, forensic psychiatrists, and researchers summarize existing research to provide guidance for policymakers and court staff on mental illness, risk of pretrial failure, risk of recidivism, and risk of violence.
This report provides information on a wide range of evidence-based practices for screening and assessment of adults in the criminal justice system with co-occurring mental and substance use disorders.
The new Medicaid guidance updates decades-old policy and clarifies that individuals who are currently on probation, parole or in home confinement are not considered inmates of a public institution. It also extends coverage to Medicaid-eligible individuals living in community halfway houses where they have freedom of movement, improving access to care for as many as 96,000 individuals in Medicaid expansion states over the course of the year.
Amid growing recognition that large numbers of U.S. jail inmates suffer from mental health problems, three major organizations have gathered teams from 50 places in Washington, D.C., to plan a detailed attack on the problem.
The program is designed to enlist law enforcement, health services, homeless shelters and other agencies in looking for signals before someone spirals into violence.
The partnership allows a mental health professional to accompany police officers on calls that involve potential mental health situations. The goal is to provide individuals experiencing mental health issues quicker access to services and keep them out of jail or the emergency room.
The rules aim to strengthen the existing 2008 Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, which requires health insurers to offer the same level of benefits for mental health and substance abuse that they do for physical health.
The County Council approved Tuesday the release of $2.2 million to the sheriff’s office, the criminal-justice-services division and the behavioral health agency to beef up their ranks and expand the community treatment services needed to keep “high-risk, high-need individuals” from living in a revolving door between homeless shelters and the county jail, racking up big bills for taxpayers.
Women are the fastest-growing portion of the U.S. prison population, and data show that women of color are disproportionately affected by the system.
A new study of Riverside County’s jail population finds that many inmates are not locked up for probation violations and reasons other than newly committed crimes and that the mentally ill tend to be booked more often and kept in custody longer.
Because of a growing number of calls involving mental illness, some police departments have embraced Crisis Intervention Team training that encourages officers to use a special weapon — verbal skills — to identify and confront individuals in crisis. Though widely hailed for encouraging officers to use de-escalation techniques instead of force, CIT is no panacea.
Improving population health and addressing the needs of complex populations requires strong health information technology tools.