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.
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