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In ‘Cures’ Bill, Keys to Further Criminal Justice Improvements

In ‘Cures’ Bill, Keys to Further Criminal Justice Improvements

Before the confetti is swept up in celebration of the President’s signing of the 21st Century Cures Act, let’s make sure an important takeaway isn’t lost in the fanfare: this bipartisan bill also illustrates the type of improvements to the criminal justice system everyone can get behind.

President Obama Signs 21st Century Cures Act

President Obama Signs 21st Century Cures Act

President Barack Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act on Tuesday, December 13, after it passed the House and Senate with bipartisan support, signaling an effort to address the nation’s challenges with mental health in the criminal justice system, among other medical priorities.

Announcements

Apply Now: SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery Technical Assistance Program

Apply Now: SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery Technical Assistance Program

The SOAR program assists states and localities to expedite access to the Social Security Administration’s disability programs—Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)—for persons who are experiencing or at risk for homelessness and have a mental illness, co-occurring substance use disorder, or other serious medical condition.

Webinars

2016 JMHCP Grantee Orientation Webinar

In this webinar, CSG Justice Center staff explain the training and technical assistance opportunities and resources available to grantees. Staff from the Bureau of Justice Assistance will also participate and provide an overview of the post-award grant management requirements.

Police-Mental Health Collaboration Programs: A Different Way of Policing

Police-Mental Health Collaboration Programs: A Different Way of Policing

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.

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.

Developing Sustainability, Success Stories from the Field

Developing Sustainability, Success Stories from the Field

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.

Medication Assisted Treatment in Jails and Community-Based Settings

Medication Assisted Treatment in Jails and Community-Based Settings

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.

Sharing Information between Behavioral Health and Criminal Justice Systems

Sharing Information between Behavioral Health and Criminal Justice Systems

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.

Publications

Using Jail to Enroll Low-Income Men in Medicaid

Using Jail to Enroll Low-Income Men in Medicaid

A recent pilot in Connecticut found that those who left jail with Medicaid coverage availed themselves of outpatient services, prescription medicines, and behavioral health care, often within one month of release.

The National Tribal Behavioral Health Agenda

The National Tribal Behavioral Health Agenda

The agenda charts a course for more meaningful collaborations and opportunities for strengthening policies, programs, and activities addressing mental illnesses and substance use disorders in tribal communities.

Recent headlines

Dream of Indianapolis Homeless Rehabilitation Center Becomes Reality

“I would like to see the Reuben Engagement Center become the template for criminal justice reform throughout the entire Indianapolis and Marion County community. It’s the kind of services that are going to be offered here that every citizen of this community deserves when they find themselves having been arrested for some kind of behavioral problem, but they suffer from mental health problems, addiction or substance abuse,” said Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett at the opening of the Reuben Engagement Center.

Sonoma County Joins Effort to Shift Care of Mentally Ill Away from Jails

“We’ve got to provide really good treatment in our criminal justice system and simultaneously we’ve got to advocate for people with mental illness and make sure that health care providers are giving the care they should be,” said Sonoma County Supervisor Shirlee Zane, the incoming board chairwoman.

Year in Review: Secretary Wetzel Outlines Pennsylvania Department of Corrections’ 2016 Achievements

‘With goals of protecting public safety, being transparent and fiscally responsible, reducing prison violence, providing inmates with life improving and life sustaining skills and providing employees with the knowledge needed to work in a challenging environment, 2016 was filled with many accomplishments at the facility and department level,’ said Pennsylvania Corrections Secretary John E. Wetzel.

Stepping Up Initiative Takes on Challenges of Mental Health in Jails

“Ultimately we’re trying to tackle a problem that’s not new,” Richard Cho, director of behavioral health for the CSG Justice Center and project manager for the initiative said. “It’s become commonplace that our jails have become de facto hospitals.”