Principles of Community-Based Behavioral Health Services for Criminal Justice Involved Individuals

SAMHSA logoThis guide from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration 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.

The focus of this document is to provide a foundation for realizing a quality, community-based behavioral health treatment system that relies on services provided in the community; it provides eight guiding principles, frequently asked questions, resources for further reading, and a glossary of terms for behavioral health providers and criminal justice professionals.