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.

Adults with Behavioral Health Needs under Correctional Supervision: A Shared Framework for Reducing Recidivism and Promoting Recovery

Adults with Behavioral Health Needs under Correctional Supervision: A Shared Framework for Reducing Recidivism and Promoting Recovery

The CSG Justice Center’s Adults with Behavioral Health Needs under Correctional Supervision: A Shared Framework for Reducing Recidivism and Promoting Recovery is for policymakers, administrators, and service providers committed to improving outcomes for the large number of adults with mental health and substance use disorders that cycle through the criminal justice system.

A Checklist for Implementing Evidence-Based Practices and Programs for Justice-Involved Adults with Behavioral Health Disorders

A Checklist for Implementing Evidence-Based Practices and Programs for Justice-Involved Adults with Behavioral Health Disorders

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation and the Council of State Governments Justice Center have prepared this easy-to-use checklist to help behavioral health agencies assess their utilization of evidence-based practices associated with positive public safety and public health outcomes.

External Publications

On the Over-Valuation of Risk for People with Mental Illnesses

On the Over-Valuation of Risk for People with Mental Illnesses

An expert advisory group of judges, forensic psychiatrists, and researchers summarize existing research to provide guidance for policymakers and court staff on mental illness, risk of pretrial failure, risk of recidivism, and risk of violence.

Reducing Mental Illness in Rural Jails

Reducing Mental Illness in Rural Jails

Part of the Stepping Up initiative, this report from the National Association of Counties outlines some of the challenges rural counties face when trying to reduce incarceration of people with mental illnesses.

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.