Mental Health Publications

The Justice Center, with the support of its funders and project partners, develops a range of practical, nonpartisan, and consensus-based publications– informed by available evidence–for policymakers, practitioners, and others involved in improving the response to people with mental illnesses involved in the criminal justice system.

justice center publications

Guidelines for the Successful Transition of People with Behavioral Health Disorders from Jail and Prison

Guidelines for the Successful Transition of People with Behavioral Health Disorders from Jail and Prison

Developed by the Substance Abuse and Mental health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation in collaboration with the Council of State Governments Justice Center and the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the guidelines promote the criminal justice partnerships that are necessary to develop successful approaches for identifying individuals in need of services, determining what services those individuals need, and addressing these needs during transition from incarceration to community-based treatment and supervision.

External Publications

The Carter Center Journalism Resource Guide on Behavioral Health

The Carter Center Journalism Resource Guide on Behavioral Health

This resource guide from the Carter Center Mental Health Program aims to increase accurate reporting of behavioral health issues, decrease stereotypes, and help journalists better understand mental health and substance use issues and access expert resources.

Reducing Emergency Care by Connecting Frequent Users to Community-Based Services

Reducing Emergency Care by Connecting Frequent Users to Community-Based Services

This issue of Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Health Care Innovations Exchange features three programs that reduced emergency department use by providing community services for frequent 911 callers. In one featured program, Michigan Pathways to Better Health, community health workers partnered with emergency medical providers to identify and connect at-risk individuals to community-based medical and social services.

Mental Health Screening in Juvenile Justice Services

Mental Health Screening in Juvenile Justice Services

Using results from a 51-jurisdiction survey, this brief from the National Center for Juvenile Justice provides an overview of standardized mental health screening tools that are required at the state-level in juvenile detention, probation, and correction settings.

Racial/Ethnic Differences in Mental Health Service Use among Adults

Racial/Ethnic Differences in Mental Health Service Use among Adults

Adults who are white, American Indian or Alaska Native, or identify as two or more races are more likely to use mental health services than any other ethnicity, according to this report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Why Public Health Practitioners Should Care About Job Prospects for People with Criminal Records

Why Public Health Practitioners Should Care About Job Prospects for People with Criminal Records

Children with parents who are unemployed are more likely to become involved with the justice system, according to an article published in the Harvard Public Health Review. The article discusses the importance of employment for people returning home from incarceration and their families, and highlights how barriers to stable employment fuel poverty, recidivism, and, ultimately, poor health in vulnerable populations.

Trends in Mental Health Care Among Children and Adolescents

Trends in Mental Health Care Among Children and Adolescents

This study from the New England Journal of Medicine highlights trends of mental health outpatient services for youth between the ages of 6 and 17. It reports that outpatient mental health service increased from 9.2 percent in 1996–1998 and 13.3 percent in 2010–2012.