The Family Division of the Berrien County Trial Court in Michigan decided in 2001 that its juvenile justice practices simply weren’t working. That meant restructuring the county’s juvenile justice procedures around evidence-based practices, starting by using risk assessments to determine which youth were more likely to commit another offense and thus required more intensive interventions and supervision.
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 Urban Institute, in partnership with Manatt Health is now accepting applications from state and local jurisdictions interested in serving as learning partners for the Connecting Criminal Justice to Health Care (CCJH) Initiative. This initiative is an action-oriented, practical project at the intersection of broad national debates about mass incarceration, the opiate epidemic, and the crisis in America’s mental health system.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s GAINS Center is soliciting applications from communities interested in receiving training through the How Being Trauma-Informed Improves Criminal Justice System Responses train-the-trainer event.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) GAINS Center is now soliciting applications from communities interested in developing integrated strategies to better identify and respond to the needs of adults with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders in contact with the criminal justice system.
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.
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.
This report from the Vera Institute of Justice contains recommendations on how community health providers and police can work together to promote access to health services for marginalized populations with criminal justice system.
This toolkit from the Local and Regional Government Alliance on Race and Equity is designed to integrate the consideration on racial equity into polices, practices, and budget decisions.
This report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration examines the opportunities and challenges associated with municipal court diversion, and outlines elements for effective practice: identification and screening; court-based clinician; recovery-engagement strategies; and proportional response.
This resource guide from the Government Alliance on Race and Equity provides information on how jurisdictions can employ comprehensive strategies to normalize conversations about race, operationalize new policies and organizational cultures, and organize to achieve racial equity.
This report from the Brennan Center for Justice proposes federal legislation that would reverse the impact of harsh, punitive policies that led to mass incarceration.
Pierce County mental health court is modeled on successful drug court. Individuals with mental health needs commit to intense therapy and supervision.
Holding up San Antonio as an example, a report by a justice system policy group recommends that law enforcement agencies change their practices regarding mental illness, sex workers and addiction without waiting for legislative action.
Dr. Tony Fabelo is the Director of the Research Division of The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center and is helping provide the momentum needed to make necessary changes in the justice system for individuals with mental illness. Working from the Austin office of the CSG Justice Center, he provides technical assistance to state and local governments to help make more efficient use of state and local taxpayer dollars.
Indiana’s first statewide program that pays for addiction and mental health treatment for convicted felons sent to community corrections instead of jail or prison is now underway in a push that’s targeting uninsured offenders.
There’s a resurgence of interest in meditation programs for both adult and juvenile offenders. It can be chalked up, in part, to the rebirth of New Age thinking.
The U.S. is grappling with a severe shortage of mental health professionals. But the situation is particularly dire for some minority communities, where barriers of language and culture can make it hard to seek and get help.
The Transitional-Age Youth Grounds for Recovery program, a recipient of the Second Chance Act grant program, helps clients deal with trauma and substance abuse, and it may be the answer to ending the War on Drugs.
Eight panelists shared their experiences, observations and forward thinking on the state of mental health in Madison County Wednesday at a forum titled “Call to Discussion: The Mental Health Crisis and Its Current Impact.”
Telling a room full of advocates that the North Carolina prison system is in the process of “re-missioning” itself, David Guice, commissioner of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice, promised changes in the treatment of prisoners with mental health problems.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is asking county commissioners to commit to reducing the number of seriously mentally ill people in jail. The commitment request is a part of the national Stepping Up Initiative and coincides with recent developments on a potential jail expansion and mental health crisis intervention center projects within the county.