Mental Health In the News


2019 National Mentoring Summit

This year’s MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership summit will offer an array of prevalent topics such as how to make programmatic changes based on research and data, collective impact in the mentoring field, and mentoring youth with mental illnesses.

Sixteenth National Indian Nations Conference: Justice for Victims of Crime

Sixteenth National Indian Nations Conference: Justice for Victims of Crime

The purpose of the conference is to bring together Native American victims, victim advocates, tribal leaders, victim service providers, community volunteers, prosecutors, judicial and law enforcement personnel, family violence and sexual assault specialists, medical providers, social services and mental health personnel, probation/corrections, criminal justice and juvenile justice personnel, as well as federal and state agency representatives to share their knowledge, experiences, and ideas for developing programs that serve the unique needs of crime victims in Indian Country.

Press Releases

Salt Lake County Launches Sweeping Study of Jail Population

The Criminal Justice Advisory Council (CJAC) announced plans for a comprehensive analysis of Salt Lake County’s jail population in an effort to identify ways to reduce re-offense rates among people released from jail and design strategies to improve outcomes for the large portion of the jail population struggling with mental and substance abuse disorders.

Conference Promotes Improved Responses to People With Mental Illness in the Criminal Justice System

WASHINGTON, D.C.—More than 300 criminal justice and mental health experts gathered today to share strategies that improve outcomes for justice-involved people with mental illnesses. The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center, with the support of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Office of Justice Programs, hosted this fifth national conference, which brings together researchers, practitioners, and public officials annually.

Recent headlines

Twist on Innovative Smartphone App Aims to Help Poor Tulsa County Defendants Make Court Dates

Chief Public Defender Corbin Brewster said Tulsa’s unique spin on the app is to develop an interface that includes a social worker component. “If the client says, ‘Well, I don’t have a ride that day,’ or ‘I’ve got a problem with that,’ then that message comes back into our system,” Brewster said. “And we can individually respond and then come up with individual solutions for whatever the issue is.”

Mental Health Experts Consider More Psychiatric Beds

Commander Kevin Huddle, the Sheriff’s Office point person for Stepping Up, closed the meeting with this statistic: In 1960, when the United States population was 150 million, there were 600,000 mental-health beds; today, he said, the population is 330 million, and there are 60,000 beds.

Study: Without Medicaid Expansion, Poor Forgo Medical Care

Nearly 20 percent of low-income people in states that did not expand Medicaid said they passed up needed medical care in the past 12 months because they couldn’t afford it. That compared to 9.4 percent in states that expanded the program.