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.
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
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.
Based on a quantitative and qualitative analysis, and with the guidance of members of the county’s Criminal Justice Advisory Board and other senior county and state leaders, five key findings were identified that prompted the development of a set of strategic policy recommendations to improve outcomes for people in Dauphin County’s criminal justice system who have SMI. This report includes the key findings and policy recommendations.
The Judges and Psychiatrists Leadership Initiative released Practical Considerations Related to Release and Sentencing for Defendants Who Have Behavioral Health Needs: A Judicial Guide and an accompanying bench card, which were developed with the support of the American Psychiatric Association Foundation and the CSG Justice Center.
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.
This report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s GAINS Center explains the ways in which disparity impact statements can measure and inform how different services will be delivered to, and received by, underserved groups within the general population.
This publication examines how the Sequential Intercept Model can provide a framework for addressing the interface between the criminal justice system and mental health system.
This series of publications from the International Association of Chiefs of Police offers guidelines for law enforcement officers when responding to situations involving people reasonably believed to be in crisis.
This tip sheet from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service’s GAINS Center draws on research that has implications for people of racial and ethnic minority backgrounds who have mental illnesses or substance addictions who often face substantial barriers to accessing community-based services prior to their justice involvement.