Criminal Justice-Mental Health Learning Sites

The Criminal Justice-Mental Health Learning Sites are peer-to-peer mentor programs that can help agencies or jurisdictions create, improve, or sustain programming for people with behavioral health needs who have criminal justice system involvement.

Use the map below to see where the learning sites are located and learn some quick facts about their programming.

Jurisdictions across the country are seeking resources to strengthen their criminal justice programming to respond to people with behavioral health needs. The Criminal JusticeMental Health Learning Sites Program was launched in 2023 as a peer-to-peer opportunity for agencies and jurisdictions to learn directly from programs who have experienced success using leading practices to improve these responses. Featuring 10 learning sites that span the U.S., this nationwide program is supported by the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program, which is administered by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, a component of the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs. These sites offer free assistance on ways to provide appropriate clinical treatment to participants, effectively use data to demonstrate a programs’ outcomes, successfully engage with communities, and more.


What kinds of assistance do these learning sites provide?

The Criminal Justice-Mental Health Learning Sites Program offers various levels of assistance to professionals interested in planning or improving programs to better respond to people with mental health needs. Learning sites can provide peer-to-peer support services through: 

  • E-mail exchanges to provide guidance and resources 
  • Conference calls to discuss complex issues and provide strategic planning assistance 
  • Hosting agency visits or providing on-site assistance 
  • Sharing policy documents, procedure manuals, memoranda of understanding, standard operating procedures, and training curricula they have previously developed 
  • Helping agencies navigate the process of sharing protected health information with partners 
What are the areas of specialization for each of the learning sites?

The learning sites encompass a range of specializations, including jail and reentry services geared toward families, trauma-informed prison programming specifically focused on women, prosecutor-led court-based diversion, homeless courts, and outpatient competency restoration services. Check each learning site’s page to learn more information.

If I already know which learning site I want to work with, can I contact it directly?

You are welcome to make direct contact with the learning site(s) of your choice. Contact information for learning site representatives can be found at the bottom of each site’s individual page. 

Will there be a cost associated with receiving assistance from a learning site?

Assistance is provided to agencies at no cost. The only potential cost associated with receiving technical assistance from the program is if an agency wishes to visit one of the learning sites in person. In that case, the requesting agency would cover the travel costs of bringing their team to the site. If the agency requesting assistance does not have the funding to cover travel expenses, they can reach out to the CSG Justice Center to inquire about available travel funds, which are occasionally made available on a case-by-case basis, by emailing Katie Herman at 

What is the relationship between the CSG Justice Center and the learning sites?

The CSG Justice Center manages and provides staff support to the learning sites and develops resources that can be tailored to the distinct needs of jurisdictions. Staff work closely with the learning sites to help match the expertise and resources each site offers to the needs of each requestor.