The Strategy Lab is a new interactive tool that features over a hundred examples from jurisdictions across the country of people working to reduce the number of people with serious mental illnesses in their jails.
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.
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The framework is intended to help jurisdictions advance comprehensive, agency-wide responses to people who have mental illnesses. These responses feature cross-system collaborations between the criminal justice and behavioral health systems.
This brief focuses on how counties can collect and analyze baseline data on the prevalence of people in their jails who have serious mental illnesses.
The second presentation to Oregon’s Behavioral Health Justice Reinvestment Steering Committee prompted discussion that enabled the committee to reach agreement on a project framework that will become the basis for subsequent resource and policy discussions.
This brief from the CSG Justice Center, in partnership with the California Association of County Executives, outlines how California county executives can leverage their funding opportunities to maximize local mental health and public safety efforts.
The first presentation to Oregon’s Behavioral Health Justice Reinvestment Steering Committee provides an overview of public safety and health system challenges in the state, jail data analysis, housing challenges, and the role of the state hospital in continuum of care options.
This publication outlines the scope of a Behavioral Health Justice Reinvestment approach in Oregon to develop a statewide policy framework to help support tribal government, county, and local systems in improving recidivism and health outcomes for the small but important group of people who repeatedly cycle through the public safety and health systems.
This brief is designed to help counties identify the number of people booked into jails who have serious mental illnesses (SMI) and to better connect these individuals to treatment. Determining the number of people who have SMI in jails allows counties to develop or refine strategic plans that will have the greatest impact on addressing this population’s needs.
The Stepping Up County Self-Assessment is designed to assist counties interested in evaluating the status of their current efforts to reduce the prevalence of people who have mental illnesses in jails.
In September 2016, Baltimore County, Maryland’s county executive asked the CSG Justice Center to conduct an independent assessment of its law enforcement and behavioral health collaboration, the Baltimore County Crisis Response System, which helps the county respond to people who have behavioral health needs. This report describes the assessment’s methodology, highlights key findings, and discusses those recommendations and strategies.
This report examines how a disproportionate number of individuals with serious mental illness become involved in the criminal justice system and identifies needs that represent a strong and diverse agenda that can serve as a foundation for transformational change.
This brief provides basic guidance, key considerations, and tips and tools for recovery residence operators that are supporting or want to support individuals who choose medication-assisted treatment.
This guide is intended to assist community-based behavioral health providers in their clinical and case management practice when working with people with mental illnesses and substance addictions who are currently involved with or have a history of involvement in the adult criminal justice system.
This publication provides guidance to help assist state policymakers and practitioners in reforming, implementing, and appropriately targeting commitment law and practice—both inpatient and outpatient—to adults with serious mental illnesses.
This policy brief from the National League of Cities provides examples and guidance on triage centers from national partners and cities across the country.
This publication provides behavioral health professionals with practical guidance about Native American history, historical trauma, and critical cultural perspectives in their work with American Indian and Alaska Native clients.
This infographic highlights recommendations for advancing the field of complex care—a person- centered approach to addressing the needs of a relatively small, heterogenous group of people who repeatedly cycle through multiple healthcare, social service, and other systems—based on input from stakeholders across the country.
This training curriculum was designed to offer essential, actionable information about mental health and mental illness to correctional officers and other safety-related correctional staff.
This online resource is designed to help states and communities use best practices to prevent violence.
This publication summarizes the most relevant data and research regarding different subpopulations to help inform the work that must happen across the federal government, states, and local communities to end homelessness.