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New Consensus Project Website Launched
The Council of State Governments Justice Center has recently updated its Consensus Project website. Please visit the website today to learn more about their work related to criminal justice and mental health programs, including information on the BJA's Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program grantees.

Justice Department Is Awarding Almost $320 Million to Combat Opioid Crisis

View a fact sheet to learn about the FY 2018 awards made for BJA-specific programs, including the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Program, Innovative Prosecution Solutions, Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program, and others.

Success Story Highlights JAG-Supported Efforts to Help Youth

Learn how Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) funding is being used to support services for at-risk youth in the recently posted Council of Thought and Action (COTA) Youth Success Story.

JAG Funds Being Used to Support CIT Trainings

Using Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) funds, Osceola County (FL) is supporting Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) trainings to help officers learn how to better assist individuals with a mental illness. Read the Success Story to learn more.

Success Story Highlights Kansas CAC Use of JAG Funds

Read a recently posted Success Story to see how the Dell Hayden Memorial Child Advocacy Center (CAC) in Kansas is using Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) funds to provide support to children reporting sexual abuse.

Survey Highlights Law Enforcement Mental Health and Crisis De-escalation Training

The Council of State Governments Justice Center, in partnership with the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training, has released The Variability in Law Enforcement State Standards: A 42-State Survey on Mental Health and Crisis De-escalation Training. This report presents findings from a BJA-supported national survey on training standards for responding to people with mental illnesses.  

Success Story Shows Impact of JAG Funds on NOW Program in Portland, OR

Read a recent Success Story to see how the New Options for Women (NOW) program is using Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) funds to support women leaving the sex industry in Portland, Oregon.

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Front-End Diversion Initiative
A preadjudication diversion program designed to divert juveniles with mental health needs away from the juvenile justice system through specialized supervision and case management.

Taking Charge
A solution-focused, cognitive-behavioral brief group intervention designed to help pregnant and parenting female students stay in school.

Preventive Treatment Program
A prevention program aimed at disruptive kindergarten boys and their parents, with the goal of reducing short- and long-term antisocial behavior.

A juvenile court-based program designed to address the needs of juvenile offenders on probation who have emotional and behavioral disorders and the needs of their families. The approach is meant to be an integrated, seamless, coordinated system of care for children with mental health problems.

Spit Tobacco Intervention for Athletes
An education program about the dangers of addiction and long-term use of using spit (smokeless) tobacco. It is targeted at young male athletes—especially baseball players—who use or are at risk of using spit tobacco.

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Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) Annual Report - Fiscal Year 2013, BJA-sponsored, September 2014. This report presents an overview of the grant activities of JMHCP grantees during FY 2013.

Developing A Mental Health Court: An Interdisciplinary Curriculum, BJA-Sponsored, January 2013. This online curriculum is for individuals and teams seeking to start, maintain, or learn more about mental health courts.

Program Performance Report: Second Chance Act – Targeting Offenders with Co-occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Health Grant Program, July 2011-June 2012, BJA-Sponsored, 2013. This report highlights activities funded by the Second Chance Act – Targeting Offenders with Co-occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Health Grant Program for the July 2011-June 2012 reporting period.

Information Sharing in Criminal Justice-Mental Health Collaborations: Working with HIPAA and Other Privacy Laws, Bureau of Justice Assistance, 2010. This guide introduces how federal and state laws likely influence practitioners' responses, specifically in reference to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability act of 1996 (HIPPA) and other privacy laws.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Drivers with Alzheimer's Disease: 10 Warning Signs/10 Steps for Interacting, This resource is designed to help law enforcement identify, interact with, and help drivers who suffer from dementia.

Identifying and Helping a Driver With Alzheimer's Disease: Tips for Law Enforcement and Motorist Assist Workers, This resource is designed to help law enforcement and those who assist motorists identify, interact with, and help drivers who suffer from dementia.

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