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A Message from The CSG Justice Center’s Executive Committee Chair and Vice-Chair

A Message from The CSG Justice Center’s Executive Committee Chair and Vice-Chair

The tragedies of the past week weigh heavily on us. As public safety officials in our respective states, we were outraged to see the very people working to protect the public murdered because of the uniform they wear. We also feel deeply for residents of communities who, because of the color of their skin, fear the people who have sworn an oath to protect them.

Announcements

Second Annual National Wraparound Academy

Second Annual National Wraparound Academy

This academy will provide individuals in key wraparound roles with opportunities to learn from the field’s foremost experts in wraparound services and systems of care.

Webinars

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.

Beyond Adverse Childhood Experiences

Beyond Adverse Childhood Experiences

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.

Publications

Recent headlines

Opioid Bill Passes House by Vote of 407-5

The most comprehensive legislation to date aimed at combating the country’s opioid addiction epidemic passed overwhelmingly in the House on Friday.

Mental Health Reform Bill Overwhelmingly Clears House of Representatives

The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act, introduced by Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA), a licensed child psychologist, would potentially address a nationwide shortage of psychiatric beds and child psychiatrists, in addition to creating the federal position of assistant secretary for mental health and substance use disorders.

Baltimore Takes a Wider View of Public Health

Historically focused on disease outbreaks, restaurant inspections and disaster preparedness, more city and county health agencies are starting to tackle issues surrounding population health that include gun violence and drug addiction.

The White House: Launching the Data-Driven Justice Initiative: Disrupting the Cycle of Incarceration

To break the cycle of incarceration, the Administration is launching the Data-Driven Justice Initiative with a bipartisan coalition of 67 city, county, and state governments who have committed to using data-driven strategies to divert low-level offenders with mental illness out of the criminal justice system and change approaches to pre-trial incarceration, so that low-risk offenders no longer stay in jail simply because they cannot afford a bond.

Expanding Treatment in Correctional Facilities Can Save Lives and Reduce Recidivism

On June 17, the White House hosted a discussion with key representatives from correctional facilities, professional associations, and state and local governments about expanding access to treatment to more justice-involved individuals so they can successfully reenter society and live healthier, more productive lives.

Mental Health Courts Seek Better Outcomes

Mental Health Courts Seek Better Outcomes

“The first mental health court program in the country started in 1997,” said Dougherty County Superior Court Judge Steve Goss. “Dougherty County started in 2001, so we were kind of at the front end of it.”

County to Launch Mental Health Court July 15

The Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office is addressing mental health in the county with the creation of a Mental Health Treatment Court to offer intervention for those who suffer from chronic mental health issues that end up in the court system and to reduce recidivism rates.

Untangling Gun Violence from Mental Illness

Unfortunately, a consistent and dangerous narrative has emerged—an explanation all-too-readily at hand when a mass shooting or other violent tragedy occurs: The perpetrator must have been mentally ill.

Opinion: Push Is on to Reduce Incarceration in Champaign County While Also Providing Meaningful Reentry Options for Adults with Mental Illness

Call it what you will—jail overcrowding, criminal justice reform, a mental health crisis in our jails, mass incarceration or chronic recidivism. All have been the subject of discussions both nationally and locally. The simple fact is there are too many people in our jails and prisons who do not need to be there. As a society, we pay a high cost for poor outcomes.