The grants will increase capacity to provide accessible, effective, and comprehensive treatment services and other critical services for individuals and families who experience homelessness and have substance use and/or mental health needs.
Mental Health In the News
This webinar will highlight state legislation impacting people with disabilities in the criminal justice system as either suspects or victims of crime.
The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) is now accepting applications from individuals interested in joining its Peer Reviewer Program. Peer reviewers are experts around the country who have extensive knowledge about OJP’s grant programs and the activities and funding support.
Congressional leaders committed to improving mental health services and public safety joined the National Association of Counties (NACo) and the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center today for a briefing on the new wave of national efforts to reduce the overwhelming number of people with mental disorders cycling through U.S. jails.
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.
The Council of State Governments Justice Center (CSG Justice Center) applauded members of the Senate Judiciary Committee for their overwhelmingly bipartisan vote to approve the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Act (JMHCA) of 2013.
The Oakland County Board of Commissioners (BOC) is teaming up with Oakland County Community Mental Health Authority (OCCMHA) and local members of the criminal justice system in support of the nationally recognized Stepping Up Initiative as stated in a recently approved resolution.
Conventional Senate wisdom says similar bills should be paired together for the best chance of receiving floor time. But lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have decided the country’s criminal justice system needs repair quickly. So to avoid creating an ominously large political target, elected officials are disentangling the massive topic into three separate, and highly overlapping, threads: sentencing reform, mental health and opioid addiction.
“She’s proof that jail programs can be instrumental and effective in changing lives for the good. It’s not just about locking people up and throwing away the key,” said Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau.