“We really became committed to reentry,” said Rockdale County Lieutenant Dennis Pass. “So going to command staff and getting buy-in for using this tool wasn’t difficult. They knew finding a tool that doesn’t take a clinician to use is tough, so this was a perfect fit.”
The majority of people in prison and jail have a substance use disorder. Despite the promise demonstrated by some treatment programs for people who are incarcerated, just a fraction of the people who need services for substance abuse receive it. Connecting people incarcerated to treatment programs proven to be effective, prioritizing resources for those nearing release, and encouraging community-based aftercare will ensure better outcomes for people released from prisons and jails, and the communities to which they return.
Providing answers on relevant topics concerning Mental Health, Health and Substance Abuse topics.
Following in the footsteps of two Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program grantees—Olathe and Overland Park, Kansas—11 other cities in Johnson County, Kansas, will partner with the Johnson County Mental Health Center to implement a mental health co-responder program this year.
The tragedies of the past week weigh heavily on us. As public safety officials in our respective states, we were outraged to see the very people working to protect the public murdered because of the uniform they wear. We also feel deeply for residents of communities who, because of the color of their skin, fear the people who have sworn an oath to protect them.
“It’s about showing up and having people’s back … and I believe the only way we make real change in terms of the discrimination related to mental health is when we normalize it,” said Jennifer Mehnert, executive director of Maine chapter of NAMI.
Recently, the House Appropriations Committee approved a federal spending bill that allocates $29 billion for Department of Justice programs in FY2017.
Two counties—one in Ohio, the other in Utah—are backing their words with action following separate reports from The Council of State Governments Justice Center that highlighted major disparities in the length of time people with serious mental illnesses stay in each county’s local jail and the rate at which they’re rearrested following their release compared to people with out these illnesses.
This briefing, which will be held in Washington, DC, will examine promising practices for expanding recovery support in communities and in criminal justice settings.
In this webinar, panelists will discuss best practices to ensure collaborative responses are maintained based on the drug of choice in a given community, effective training for agency staff is utilized, and that effective communication between community supervision and treatment providers is maintained
The Multi-System Collaboration Training and Technical Assistance Program supports jurisdictions that are interested in developing a sound infrastructure to promote multi-system approaches to serving at-risk, justice-involved youth and their families.
On May 25, the CSG Justice Center welcomed Mack Jenkins to its Justice Reinvestment team as a senior policy advisor. In his new role, Mr. Jenkins will leverage his nearly 40 years of criminal justice experience to assist supervision agencies in states across the country in adopting best practices to reduce recidivism and increase public safety.
Grant funding often provides seed money to help agencies launch new programs. However, once the grant has expended, finding additional funds to sustain a program can be challenging. This webinar discusses how other funding streams can be leveraged, and partnerships developed, to help sustain a program.
This webinar is designed for Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program and Second Chance Act Reentry Program for Adults with Co-occurring Substance Use and Mental Disorders grantees and features speakers from three different grant programs that are utilizing MAT in jail and community-based settings for people involved in the justice system.
In this webinar, officials from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance and The Council of State Governments Justice Center explain the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program and its application process.
This webinar was presented to Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program and Second Chance Act Co-Occurring Substance Use and Mental Disorders grantees discussed strategies for developing information sharing collaborations between criminal justice and behavioral health systems.
During this webinar, officials from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance explain the grant program and application process and respond to questions from the field about the grant program.
This webinar discusses the best practices for screening and assessment of co-occurring substance use and mental disorders in the criminal justice system.
This webinar discusses how individuals access treatment as they reenter their communities from prisons and jails, as well as the process measures that can assist in reentry.
This webinar addresses how Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) programs can collaborate with other Bureau of Justice Assistance-funded programs.
This webinar is for the FY2015 Second Chance Act grantees focused on adult offenders with co-occurring substance use and mental disorders.
This archived webinar from the TA Network and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration discusses the overuse of psychotropic medication among children and youth with behavioral health needs, particularly among those enrolled in Medicaid.
This report highlights the importance of an integrated, gender-responsive, public health approach to violence and trauma.
This report offers a portrait of women in jail, explores how jail can deepen the societal disadvantages they face, and provides insight into what drives women’s incarceration and ways to reverse the trend.
This report offers recommendations about successful stigma-change campaigns, how best to encourage people to seek treatment and supportive services for themselves or others, and the research needed to inform and evaluate these efforts in the U.S.
This analysis explains recent guidance from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on how states and localities may facilitate access to Medicaid coverage for individuals before, during, and after a correctional institution stay.
This publication discusses best practices regarding Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act in the areas of parity implementation processes, collaborations with other organizations, tools for understanding and monitoring compliance, and recommendations for other states.
To explore how the quality of relationships and interactions affect outcomes for people with mental illness and their families, the National Alliance on Mental Illness worked to better understand the process of engagement in mental health care.
This report from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics presents selected findings on the provision of health care services in U.S. state prisons based on a survey of state departments of corrections and the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
This report highlights best practices for policymakers to ensure that people with disabilities have access to appropriate services at every stage of the justice system.
As directed by a bill passed by the Washington State legislature in 2012 regarding prevention and intervention services for children and juveniles, this report reflects promising program applications and the Washington State Institute for Public Policy’s ongoing work on systematic research reviews and its benefit-cost model.
This report reviews scientific literature on drug courts and other problem-solving courts and discusses current challenges within the field.
Sheriffs across the state are looking forward to the 2017 legislative session when mental illness in Arkansas jails is expected to be addressed.
Since its inception in June 2015, the local Stepping Up Initiative has continued to make long and swift strides in treatment for those with mental health issues in Pettis County, Massachusetts.
Hundreds of law enforcement professionals from across the U.S. raised their hands to answer a simple question on Monday: “How many in this group (have) a story – either personal or (professional) – about confronting somebody with a mental health problem?” National Sheriff’s Association Director Jonathan Thompson asked.
Winona County, Minnesota recently won $450,000 in federal and state grants to fix problems with how the criminal justice system handles mental illness and to help ex-offenders move successfully from jail to jobs.
Developing discharge plans for reentering individuals who are Medicaid eligible can improve important health outcomes, save money, and reduce re-incarceration.
Minnehaha County, South Dakota officials signed a letter of commitment Tuesday to join the White House’s latest effort to lessen the burden on local jails.
“This task force is focused on finding ways to stop the revolving door of incarceration for people with mental illness and to provide them with treatment,” said Attorney General DeWine.
As a public defender, Janet Thompson was dismissed for her ideas on improving mental health services to prevent those suffering from mental illness from landing in the criminal justice system. Thompson, now Boone County Northern District, Missouri commissioner, has spearheaded the Stepping Up Initiative in her district.
Richard Cho, behavioral health director of CSG Justice Center, participated in an annual Tulsa symposium on mental health last week that brought home the reality of efforts to combat the problems of addiction and mental illness and distress: that the war must be waged on many fronts.
A new rule published last week is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Opioid Initiative, which was launched in March 2015 and is focused on improving opioid prescribing practices; expanding access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder; and increasing the use of naloxone to reverse opioid overdoses.