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Mental Health Court Evaluation Released

The Urban Institute has released an evaluation, Criminal Justice Interventions for Offenders With Mental Illness, that shows that participants in two New York City mental health courts are significantly less likely to re-offend than similar offenders whose cases are handled in the traditional court system.


Statewide Law Enforcement/Mental Health Efforts Publication Released

The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center has released Statewide Law Enforcement/Mental Health Efforts: Strategies to Support and Sustain Local Initiatives. This BJA-supported report examines how states have developed structures and standards to make police encounters with people with mental illnesses safer for all involved and to produce better mental health and criminal justice system outcomes. The report offers a starting point for policymakers, practitioners, and others interested in planning or enhancing a statewide initiative that will support such local-level specialized policing responses as crisis intervention and law enforcement/mental health co-response teams. Read the press release.


Mental Health Court Curriculum Now Available

With BJA support, the Council of State Governments Justice Center has launched Developing a Mental Health Court: An Interdisciplinary Curriculum, a free, online multimedia resource with the information teams need to plan, implement, sustain, or simply learn about mental health courts based on research and best practices from the field.


New Release: Improving Outcomes for People with Mental Illnesses

The Council of State Governments Justice Center, with support from BJA, has released Improving Outcomes for People with Mental Illnesses Involved with New York City’s Criminal Court and Correction Systems.


Justice and Health Connect Web Site Launched

With support from BJA, the Vera Institute of Justice launched the Justice and Health Connect (JH Connect) web site, www.jhconnect.org. JH Connect provides a series of resources, with the aim of increasing agencies’ abilities to share data between community health and justice systems in a confidential, legal, and ethical way. The goal is to better serve people with behavioral and other health needs who come into contact with justice systems. Read more.


Learn About Developing a Mental Health Court

"Developing a Mental Health Court: An Interdisciplinary Curriculum," developed by the Council of State Governments Justice Center with support from BJA, is a free multimedia curriculum with the information teams need to plan, implement, sustain, or simply learn about mental health courts based on research and best practices from the field. It is a crucial one-stop resource for judges, behavioral health treatment providers, court managers, judicial educators, probation officers, and many others.


NEW! The Affordable Care Act and Criminal Justice: Intersections and Implications (White Paper)

Webinar on Healthcare Reform: Implications for Behavioral Health Providers
View this webinar and others in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Health Reform Webinar Series at www.samhsa.gov/healthReform/webinars.aspx.

Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) Webinar Series
View the Council of State Governments Justice Center's Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) Webinar Series at www.consensusproject.org/technical-assistance/webinars.

Podcast Available
Listen to an interview with Major Sam Cochran, formerly of the Memphis Police Department, about the crucial role of a crisis intervention team and how this program can be implemented in both large and small law enforcement departments.

Law Enforcement Responses to People with Mental Illnesses: Customizing Responses to Jurisdictions’ Needs and Characteristics
With support from BJA, the Council of State Governments has released Improving Responses to People with Mental Illnesses: Tailoring Law Enforcement Initiatives to Individual Jurisdictions. This document, the result of a project supported by BJA and conducted in partnership with the Police Executive Research Forum, explores the program design process for a variety of Specialized Policing Response (SPR) models-including crisis intervention teams, law enforcement/mental health co-response teams, and case management approaches-that take into account such factors as jurisdiction size, demographics, mental health and law enforcement agency resources, and relevant state laws.

New Study Documents High Prevalence of Serious Mental Illnesses among Nation's Jail Population The Justice Center, in partnership with Policy Research Associates, conducted a five-site study, with initial funding from the National Institute of Justice to develop a screening instrument for mental illness and with additional support from the National Institute of Corrections to generate the study findings. The findings were highlighted in the June issue of Psychiatric Services. Key Findings

  • 14.5 percent of men and 31 percent of women entering the jails studied were found to have serious mental illnesses. These rates are three to six times higher than those found in the general population.
  • The gender difference is particularly important given the rising number of women in U.S. jails.
  • If applied to the 13 million jail admissions reported in 2007, the findings suggest that more than 2 million bookings of a person with a serious mental illness may occur annually.
  • This study represents the most reliable estimates in the last 20 years of the rates of serious mental illnesses among adults entering jails.

For more information, please visit: Council of State Governments Justice Center Release Estimates on the Prevalence of Adults with Serious Mental Illnesses in Jails

Eligibility
Applicants are limited to states, units of local government, federally recognized Indian tribes, and tribal organizations. Each application must demonstrate that the proposed project will be administered jointly by a unit of government with responsibility for criminal or juvenile justice activities and a mental health agency.

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The Council of State Governments (CSG), coordinator of the Criminal Justice/Mental Health Consensus Project, along with the National Association of Counties (NACo) and the Pretrial Services Resources Center (PSRC), provides technical assistance to BJA's Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program. Specifically, technical assistance is available to grantees planning, implementing, evaluating, and sustaining their Justice and Mental Health Collaborations. In addition, they provide similar types of assistance to nongrantees in the fields of criminal justice and mental health through publications and collaborative workshops and conferences. This year's technical assistance will focus on helping law enforcement, mental health courts, and court-based initiatives improve the response to people with mental illness in the criminal justice system. Technical assistance efforts will also be coordinated with the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) to provide assistance on the issue of mentally ill offenders who are incarcerated in jails, prisons, and other correctional facilities. To achieve these goals, CSG, NACo, PSRC, and NIC will make available the following forms of support:

  • Maintain a web site that serves as a clearinghouse of information for anyone working in the criminal justice system seeking to improve the response to people with mental illness in the justice system.
  • Provide onsite and offsite technical assistance to grantees and nongrantees.
  • Coordinate technical assistance efforts with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and its TAPA and GAINS Centers for technical assistance to provide assistance on mental health services and jail diversion strategies.
  • Support the Judges Leadership Initiative, which seeks to build leadership in the judiciary to effectively address the community and consumer needs of those with mental illness in the criminal justice system.
  • Develop and disseminate written publications on key issues related to justice and mental health collaboration.

The CSG Justice Center's Consensus Project is a national effort to help local, state, and federal policymakers and criminal justice and mental health professionals improve the response to people with mental illnesses in contact with--or at risk of contact with--the criminal justice system. CSG maintains an

Mental Health Court Learning Sites:
BJA has designated five mental health courts as learning sites to provide a peer support network for local and state officials interested in planning a new or improving on an existing mental health court. The five learning sites are:

  • Akron Municipal Mental Health Court (OH)
  • Bonneville County Mental Health Court (ID)
  • Bronx County Mental Health Court (NY)
  • Dougherty Superior Court (GA)
  • Washoe County Mental Health Court (NV)

The learning sites host site visits, hold conference calls, and respond to e-mail inquiries from people interested in starting a mental health court or improving their current program. The Council of State Governments Justice Center oversees this program for BJA. Snapshots of each of the learning sites, along with longer program descriptions, can be found at http://consensusproject.org/mhc-learning-sites.

Danica Binkley
Policy Advisor
202-305-7418
E-mail: Danica.Binkley@ojp.usdoj.gov

Criminal Justice Interventions for Offenders with Mental Illness: Evaluation of Mental Health Courts in Bronx and Brooklyn, New York, (NCJ 238265)National Institute of Justice-Sponsored. This report presents the findings and methodology of the evaluation of mental health courts (MHCs) in Bronx and Brooklyn (New York City).
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Improving Responses to People With Mental Illnesses: Strategies for Effective Law Enforcement Training, (NCJ 224332), Bureau of Justice Assistance, 2008. This training resource guide synthesizes the key lessons learned by several jurisdictions that have developed training for police officers in managing people with mental illnesses.
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Improving Responses to People with Mental Illnesses: Tailoring Law Enforcement Initiatives to Individual Jurisdictions, (NCJ 229713), Bureau of Justice Assistance, 2010. Improving Responses to People with Mental Illnesses: Tailoring Law Enforcement Initiatives to Individual Jurisdictions
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Improving Responses to People With Mental Illnesses: The Essential Elements of a Specialized Law Enforcement–Based Program, (NCJ 223343), Bureau of Justice Assistance, Martha Plotkin, Melissa Reuland, Matt Schwarzfeld, the Council of State Governments Justice Center, August 2008. This publication identifies 10 key components found in any successful law enforcement initiative to provide better outcomes in officers’ encounters with individuals with mental illnesses. And discusses how the elements can help guide individuals in communities that are interested in developing a law enforcement-based program or improving the organization and functions of an existing program.
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Information Sharing in Criminal Justice-Mental Health Collaborations: Working with HIPAA and Other Privacy Laws, (NCJ 232102), Bureau of Justice Assistance, 2010. This guide addresses barriers to cross-systems information sharing while complying with legal privacy mandates. It describes how HIPAA and 42 CFR Part 2 (privacy regulations related to substance use treatment) may affect exchanges among behavioral health care, law enforcement, courts, jail and prison, and probation and parole professionals. It reviews the circumstances under which protected health information can be released and received, and offers answers to scenario-based frequently asked questions.
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Law Enforcement Responses to People with Mental Illnesses: A Guide to Research-Informed Policy and Practice, (NCJ 226965), Bureau of Justice Assistance, May 2009. This guide examines studies on law enforcement interactions with people with mental illnesses and translates the findings to help policymakers and practitioners develop safe and effective interventions.
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Mental Health Courts: A Guide to Research-Informed Policy and Practice, (NCJ 228274), Bureau of Justice Assistance, September 2009. This guide helps policy makers and practitioners understand available research to better design, implement, and evaluate mental health courts.
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Mental Health Courts: A Primer for Policymakers and Practitioners, (NCJ 224316) Bureau of Justice Assistance, 2008. This publication provides the field with a comprehensive overview and history of mental health courts and describes mental health courts' goals and processes, how they differ from drug courts, research findings about their effectiveness, and resources for jurisdictions interested in starting a program.
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Statewide Law Enforcement/Mental Health Efforts: Strategies to Support and Sustain Local Initiatives, (NCJ 240786), BJA-Sponsored, 2013. This report examines how states have developed structures and standards to make police encounters with people with mental illnesses safer for all involved and to produce better mental health and criminal justice system outcomes. The report offers a starting point for policymakers, practitioners, and others interested in planning or enhancing a statewide initiative that will support such local-level specialized policing responses as crisis intervention and law enforcement/mental health co-response teams.
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Announcement:

Madison, WI Law Enforcement–Mental Health Learning Site

Read about the Madison (WI) Police Department’s Mental Health Liaison Program—one of six Law Enforcement–Mental Health Learning Sites selected by the Council of State Governments Justice Center and BJA—which is a successful example of how community partners can collaborate to provide police services to people with mental illnesses. Learn more about the learning sites.


Justice & Mental Health Solicitation Released

BJA has released the FY 2013 Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program solicitation. Applications are due March 25, 2013.


Register for Developing a Mental Health Court Webinar

With BJA support, the Council of State Governments is hosting this webinar which introduces the "Developing a Mental Health Court: An Interdisciplinary Curriculum," a free online multimedia curriculum for individuals and teams seeking to start, maintain, or simply learn more about mental health courts. The webinar will be held Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 2:00-3:30 p.m. eastern time.


Funding:

Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program
Application Deadline: 03/25/2013, 11:59 PM
BJA is seeking applications that demonstrate a collaborative project between criminal justice and mental health partners from eligible applicants to plan, implement, or expand a justice and mental health collaboration program.
Solicitation


Justice and Mental Health Collaboration State-Based Capacity Building Program FY 2012 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 03/02/2012, 11:59 PM
This program seeks a provider(s) to deliver resources and services to unfunded, eligible Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) applicants.
Solicitation


Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program FY 2011 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 02/03/2011, 11:59 PM
This program seeks to increase public safety through innovative cross-system collaboration for individuals with mental illnesses or co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders who come into contact with the justice system.
Solicitation  FAQ


Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program FY 2010 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 04/08/2010, 07:59 PM
This program seeks to increase public safety through innovative cross-system collaboration for individuals with mental illness or co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders who come into contact with the justice system.
Solicitation  FAQ  Planning and Implementation Guide


Justice and Mental Health Collaboration State-Based Capacity Building Program FY 2009 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 03/26/2009, 07:59 PM
BJA’s Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) by seeking a provider(s) to deliver resources and services to unfunded, eligible JMHCP applicants.
Solicitation  FAQ


Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program FY 2009 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 03/12/2009, 07:59 PM
This program seeks to increase public safety through innovative cross-system collaboration for individuals with mental illness (MI) or co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders (COD) who come into contact with the criminal justice system.
Solicitation  FAQ


Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program FY 2008 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 05/06/2008, 07:59 PM
This program seeks to increase public safety through innovative cross-system collaboration for individuals with mental illness who come into contact with the criminal or juvenile justice systems.
Solicitation  FAQ


Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Training and Technical Assistance Program FY 2009 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 04/23/2008, 07:59 PM
BJA is seeking a training and technical assistance (TTA) provider to deliver TTA to grantees to assist with their efforts to plan, implement, or expand adult or juvenile justice and mental health collaboration programs.
Solicitation  Planning and Implementation Guide


Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program FY 2007 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 12/12/2006, 07:59 PM
The Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program seeks to increase public safety through innovative cross-system collaboration for individuals with mental illness who come into contact with the criminal or juvenile justice systems.
Solicitation  FAQ


Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program: FY 2006 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 06/02/2006, 07:59 PM
The Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program seeks to increase public safety through innovative cross-system collaboration for individuals with mental illness who come into contact with the criminal or juvenile justice systems.
Solicitation