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The Criminal Justice/Mental Health Consensus Project, coordinated by the Council of State Governments Justice Center, is an unprecedented, national effort to help local, state, and federal policymakers and criminal justice and mental health professionals improve the response to people with mental illnesses who come into contact with the criminal justice system.
The landmark Consensus Project Report, which was written by Justice Center staff and representatives of leading criminal justice and mental health organizations, was released in June 2002. Since then, Justice Center staff working on the Consensus Project have supported the implementation of practical, flexible criminal justice/mental health strategies through on-site technical assistance; the dissemination of information about programs, research, and policy developments in the field; continued development of policy recommendations; and educational presentations.
This web site provides access to 50 state reports, ranking each county within the 50 states according to its health outcomes and the multiple health factors that determine a county's health. The rankings also consider health behaviors, clinical care, social, economic and physical factors that affect health. Each county receives a summary rank for its health outcomes and health factors and also for the four different types of health factors: health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors, and the physical environment. Each county can also drill down to see specific county-level data (as well as state benchmarks) for the measures upon which the rankings are based.
The National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice and the Mental Health and Juvenile Justice Collaborative for Change recently presented a webinar discussing Essential Elements of a Trauma-Informed Juvenile Justice System.
The webinar provided an overview of:
• Evidence-based strategies for identifying and responding to youth in need of trauma-informed services
• Fostering a more trauma-informed juvenile justice staff
• Integrating a trauma-informed model into juvenile justice polices and practice
Julian Ford, Professor, Department of Psychiatry at UConn Health
Keith Cruise, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology at Fordham University
Chris Branson, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital
H.R.401 - Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Act of 2013 reauthorizes and improves the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act of 2004. Click the link to read more about the bill.
A link to SAMHSA's GAINS Center website to access a map of juvenile mental health courts across the country or read more about treatment courts.
No matter the source of funding for their program, managers everywhere are feeling greater pressure to demonstrate their programs' effectiveness. Having a plan for the evaluation is critical, and having it ready when the program launches is best. One of the first tasks in gathering evidence about a program's successes and limitations (or failures) is to initiate an evaluation - a systematic assessment of the program's design, activities, or outcomes. Evaluations can help funders and program managers make better judgments, improve effectiveness, or make programming decisions. Stakeholders should consider the time and cost of an evaluation effort and build them into the evaluation plan. A general rule of thumb is to budget 10% of the total program cost for evaluation.
Source: National Institute of Justice
SOAR is a national program designed to increase access to the disability income benefit programs administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA) for eligible adults who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness and have a mental illness, medical impairment, and/or a co-occurring substance use disorder.
This SAMHSA-funded TA Center provides resources regarding SOAR, including links to webinars, training, and news.
According to findings in this report, jails are far more expensive than previously understood, as significant jail expenditures such as employee salaries and benefits, health care and education programs for incarcerated people, and general administration are paid for by county or municipal general funds and are not reflected in jail budgets. Drawing on surveys from 35 jail jurisdictions from 18 states, this report determined that even the jurisdictions themselves had difficulty pinning down the total cost of their local jail or jail system. It also highlights how the surest way to safely cut costs is to reduce the number of people who enter and stay in jails. In doing so, jurisdictions will be able to save resources and make the investments necessary to address the health and social service needs of their communities, which have for too long landed at the doorstep of their jails. County jails in Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, and Volusia were included in this analysis.
Source: Vera Institute of Justice
An article published by The Crime Report that examines the impact of the Affordable Care Act on prison populations.
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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs News Release - May 27, 2009