The Family Division of the Berrien County Trial Court in Michigan decided in 2001 that its juvenile justice practices simply weren’t working. That meant restructuring the county’s juvenile justice procedures around evidence-based practices, starting by using risk assessments to determine which youth were more likely to commit another offense and thus required more intensive interventions and supervision.
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.
Through pre- and post-incarceration services, Just In Reach creates a stable environment in which goals such as employment and family reunification can be built.
At Detroit Central City Community Mental Health in Wayne County, Michigan, clients used to arrive to see their clinicians or a doctor. Now, more frequently, they come to see their mentor.
31 Days, 31 Stories, a series released during National Mental Health Awareness Month, highlighted champions who are dedicated in their everyday work to reducing the number of people with mental illnesses in the criminal justice system.
As the nation’s first multijurisdictional community court, the Red Hook Community Justice Center in Brooklyn has served as a neighborhood hub for clinical services, community service, youth programs, and other social supports since its founding in 2000.
Having an urgent care clinic located only feet away from courtrooms allows judges and court staff to guarantee that people have access to services. For many defendants, this may be the first contact they’ve had with a mental health professional. Moreover, for some, this treatment may well reduce the likelihood that they will be arrested in the future.
The Juvenile Justice Geography, Policy, Practice, and Statistics developed and maintained by the National Center for Juvenile Justice has added new state profiles that summarize important findings cross six topic areas: jurisdictional boundaries, juvenile defense, racial/ethnic fairness, juvenile justice services, status offense issues, and systems integration.
The White House is now seeking nominations for individuals who have made an extraordinary difference by advancing prevention, treatment, and recovery.
The Urban Institute, in partnership with Manatt Health is now accepting applications from state and local jurisdictions interested in serving as learning partners for the Connecting Criminal Justice to Health Care (CCJH) Initiative. This initiative is an action-oriented, practical project at the intersection of broad national debates about mass incarceration, the opiate epidemic, and the crisis in America’s mental health system.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s GAINS Center is soliciting applications from communities interested in receiving training through the How Being Trauma-Informed Improves Criminal Justice System Responses train-the-trainer event.
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 webinar provides foundational knowledge on RNR as well as guidance on understanding and implementing risk assessment tools as a way to direct resources and support recidivism-reduction strategies for criminal justice and social service agencies, practitioners, and policymakers.
This webinar provides an overview of three briefs that were recently published by National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges on the treatment of co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders among youth.
This webinar explains and clarifies the issues related to allowable uses of federal Medicaid funds for incarcerated individuals, and provides an example of how corrections departments can leverage cost savings as a result.
This webinar discusses the impact of trauma, mental health challenges, and substance use on women and girls and their families and communities, as well as strategies to address its impact.
This webinar discusses how staff from multiple agencies can work together toward the shared outcomes of reducing recidivism and promoting recovery for people involved in the justice system.
This video is a webcast of the April 2014 conference, “Health Reform and Criminal Justice: Advancing New Opportunities,” cohosted by the Community Oriented Correctional Health Services (COCHS) and the journal Health Affairs.
The National Reentry Resource Center hosted this webinar to assist organizations with their 2014 applications for the Adult Co-Occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Health Disorders Second Chance Act grant.
Presented in collaboration with the Center for Health and Justice (CHJ) at Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities (TASC) and the Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network, this webinar discusses how jurisdictions can increase client engagement and retention by adopting a systems approach.
This report from the Vera Institute of Justice contains recommendations on how community health providers and police can work together to promote access to health services for marginalized populations with criminal justice system.
This toolkit from the Local and Regional Government Alliance on Race and Equity is designed to integrate the consideration on racial equity into polices, practices, and budget decisions.
This report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration examines the opportunities and challenges associated with municipal court diversion, and outlines elements for effective practice: identification and screening; court-based clinician; recovery-engagement strategies; and proportional response.
This resource guide from the Government Alliance on Race and Equity provides information on how jurisdictions can employ comprehensive strategies to normalize conversations about race, operationalize new policies and organizational cultures, and organize to achieve racial equity.
This report from the Brennan Center for Justice proposes federal legislation that would reverse the impact of harsh, punitive policies that led to mass incarceration.
Federal social assistance programs, including TANF, SNAP, and federal housing assistance programs, have an restrictions on eligibility based on drug felonies and other criminal records. This report from the Congressional Research Service provides an overview and discussion of these restrictions and their impact. In addition, it also discusses the use of drug testing in federal assistance programs.
This report outlines innovative approaches around housing, service, and recovery supports that came out of the Substance Use and Housing National Leadership Forum held October 2014.
Modeled after drug courts, Driving While Impaired (DWI) courts are effective with reducing general and DWI recidivism by an average of more than 12 percent, according to report by the National Center for DWI Courts.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth, particularly those involved in the juvenile justice system, are at heightened risk of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. This guide from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, designed to ensure the safety and well-being of LGBT youth in the system, covers a wide range of policies and practice.
This resource guide from the Carter Center Mental Health Program aims to increase accurate reporting of behavioral health issues, decrease stereotypes, and help journalists better understand mental health and substance use issues and access expert resources.
Pierce County mental health court is modeled on successful drug court. Individuals with mental health needs commit to intense therapy and supervision.
Indiana’s first statewide program that pays for addiction and mental health treatment for convicted felons sent to community corrections instead of jail or prison is now underway in a push that’s targeting uninsured offenders.
The U.S. is grappling with a severe shortage of mental health professionals. But the situation is particularly dire for some minority communities, where barriers of language and culture can make it hard to seek and get help.
As part of President Obama’s efforts to promote rehabilitation and reintegration for the formerly incarcerated, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Justice recently announced $1.7 million for Public Housing Authorities to aid eligible public housing residents who are under the age of 24 to expunge or seal their records in accordance with their applicable state laws.
The Transitional-Age Youth Grounds for Recovery program, a recipient of the Second Chance Act grant program, helps clients deal with trauma and substance abuse, and it may be the answer to ending the War on Drugs.
Suspensions may be down in the Oklahoma City School District, but hundreds of teachers say bad behavior continues to disrupt learning and little is being done about it.
Eight panelists shared their experiences, observations and forward thinking on the state of mental health in Madison County Wednesday at a forum titled “Call to Discussion: The Mental Health Crisis and Its Current Impact.”
Telling a room full of advocates that the North Carolina prison system is in the process of “re-missioning” itself, David Guice, commissioner of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice, promised changes in the treatment of prisoners with mental health problems.
The all-hands-on-deck philosophy behind Project Vision is familiar to many communities battling the opioid scourge. Mental health clinicians and correction officers, among others, are embedded in the police station to help officers take back the city. Social workers accompany police on some calls; advocates for victims of domestic violence ride along, too.
Although John Chianelli’s patients from Milwaukee’s central city neighborhoods, like others around the country, were being treated for acute mental health conditions, unrelated health issues such as diabetes or smoking often weren’t getting enough attention. That’s why earlier this year Chianelli’s organization changed its name to Whole Health Clinical Group and began integrating primary care into its regular practice while treating people recovering from mental illness.