Screening and Assessment in Jails and Using Data to Improve Behavioral Health Diversion Programs

Workshop Manuals

Screening and Assessment in Jails and Using Data to Improve Behavioral Health Diversion Programs Workshop Manuals

In the spring of 2021, California’s Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission (MHSOAC) supported the CSG Justice Center in leading two workshop series for counties:

Each series included speakers from diverse California counties discussing their approach to the workshop theme. In addition, the workshop series on data leveraged the experiences of the 11 counties that participated in the MHSOAC-funded Data-Driven Recovery Project. We have developed these manuals to capture highlights and key resources from the workshops. Interested stakeholders from across the country can use the manuals to inform local policies and processes. (Photo by Grant Durr on Unsplash)

September 2021 | The Council of State Governments Justice Center


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Director of Justice and Health Initiatives, Behavioral Health
Hallie Fader-Towe works with local and state policymakers to craft policies, processes, and programs that bring research-informed approaches to their jurisdictions. In her positions with the CSG Justice Center, she has worked with jurisdictions around the country on collaborative, data-driven
planning and implementation efforts to address criminal justice functions from initial detention through reentry, including a focus on people with mental illnesses. She has also managed the development of training materials on mental health courts and on judicial responses to the prevalence of individuals with mental illnesses involved with the criminal justice system. She has written on court case processing, competency to stand trial, dispute systems design for state trial courts, pretrial responses to people with mental illnesses, information sharing between criminal justice and mental health systems, and mental health court design and implementation. Before joining the CSG Justice Center, she was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company in New York. Hallie received a BA from Brown University and a JD from Harvard Law School. 
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    Senior Policy Analyst, Behavioral Health
    Katie Herman plays a key role in the Stepping Up initiative, mental health diversion, and other work at the intersection of justice, behavioral health, and homelessness. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, she worked at the Center for Alternative
    Sentencing and Employment Services (CASES) in New York City for eight years. She was initially the court liaison social worker for the CASES Nathaniel ACT Team, the city's first felony alternative to incarceration program for adults with serious mental illnesses. She then supervised their Criminal and Supreme Court Team. Katie received a BA in English from the University of San Diego and an MSW from the Columbia University School of Social Work.
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    Policy Analyst, Behavioral Health
    Joseph Hayashi provides technical assistance focused on substance use disorders, co-occurring substance use disorders, and mental illnesses to enhance collaboration between local and state agencies. Before joining the CSG Justice Center, Joseph directed a program for local youth in an
    underserved area. Previously, Joseph worked for the Jackson County, Oregon, Transition Center, where he worked with incarcerated individuals who had substance use needs. Joseph has a BS in criminal justice from Southern Oregon University and an MA in international policy and development from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
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    Project Director, Data Driven Recovery Project
    Kevin O’Connell is a research consultant who specializes in social policy analytics, process improvement, and evaluation. His work over the past 15 years at the state and county levels of government has provided him with a unique perspective on the
    analytic needs and information gaps to improve services and connections. Kevin has worked on a range of criminal justice, behavioral health care, and continuum of care reforms in California. He has provided technical assistance to counties and states using cross-system data analysis to improve outcomes for justice-involved behavioral health clients in both the juvenile and adult justice systems.
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    The Council of State Governments Justice Center, Screening and Assessment for Behavioral Health Needs in California Jails: Workshop Manual (New York: The Council of State Governments Justice Center, 2021).

    Hallie Fader-Towe et al., Using Your Data for Behavioral Health Diversion: Workshop Manual (New York: The Council of State Governments Justice Center, 2021).

    Writing: Hallie Fader-Towe, CSG Justice Center; Katie Herman, CSG Justice Center; Joseph Hayashi, CSG Justice Center; Kevin O’Connell, Data Driven Recovery Project 

    Advising: Hallie Fader-Towe, CSG Justice Center

    Editing: Leslie Griffin, CSG Justice Center

    Design: Michael Bierman

    Public Affairs: Ruvi Lopez, CSG Justice Center

    Web Development: Andrew Currier, CSG Justice Center