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New Consensus Project Web Site Launched
The Council of State Governments Justice Center has recently updated its Consensus Project web site. Please visit the web site 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.

JAG State Solicitation Released

BJA has released the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program FY 2014 State Solicitation. Applications are due June 3, 2014.

OJP Releases API of Grant Award Data

In keeping with President Obama’s Digital Government Strategy, the Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP) recently published an application programming interface (API) that provides access to 20 years of OJP Grant Awards Data (1993–2013) in open, machine-readable formats, including current-year grant awards data that is updated daily.

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 Resource for Faith and Community Organizations

BJA partnered with DOJ’s Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships to develop Faith and Communities in Action: A Resource Guide for Increasing Partnership Opportunities to Prevent Crime and Violence. The guide is designed to provide useful information to faith and community-based organizations working on building capacity, improving partnerships, and effectively applying for and managing grants.

New BJA NTTAC Lead/Deputy Program Manager

BJA Director Denise E. O'Donnell announced that beginning July 18, Suzette McLeod will be joining the BJA National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC) contractor team as the BJA NTTAC Lead and Deputy Program Manager. Read more

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, 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.

Minnesota Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (MnATSA) Conference
Dates: 4/23/2014 - 4/25/2014
Location: Brooklyn Park, MN

Indiana State Conference to End Sexual Violence
Dates: 4/24/2014 - 4/25/2014
Location: Indianapolis, IN

Intermountain Mental Health Court Conference
Dates: 7/9/2014 - 7/11/2014
Location: Logan, UT

Correctional Mental Health Care Conference
Dates: 7/20/2014 - 7/21/2014
Location: Broomfield, CO

5th Annual Integrative Medicine for Mental Health Conference
Dates: 9/19/2014 - 9/21/2014
Location: San Antonio, TX

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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.

Little Village Gang Violence Reduction Project (Comprehensive Gang Model)
A comprehensive, community-wide program designed to reduce serious violence in Chicago's gang-ridden Little Village neighborhood.

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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.

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.

Lost and Found: Understanding Technologies Used to Locate Missing Persons with Alzheimer's or Dementia, BJA-Sponsored, March 2014. This BJA-funded document from Project Lifesaver International provides an overview of the resources and technology-based locative devices available to assist in helping to prevent persons from becoming lost and in quickly locating a person who is lost.

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