Justice / Mental Health Interface
report from the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) identifies
10 key components that successful law enforcement initiatives
employ to provide better outcomes in officers' encounters
with individuals who have mental illnesses. This report
also explains how the elements can help guide individuals
who are interested in developing or improving specialized
law enforcement-based programs.
is a very long (> 400 pages) but extremely useful document
which provides a "blueprint" for what states and local governments
should be striving for on all major aspects of the mental
health / criminal justice interface.
of Iowa Systematic Study for the State Correctional System
report that defines what is working, what needs improvement
and a vision for the future.
Essential Elements of a Mental Health Court
A recent (2007) publication from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, that provides a thorough and coherent explanation of mental health courts. Very useful.
Health Screens for Corrections
recent report describing progress in the use of screening
instruments for mental health
Justice/ Mental Health Consensus Project Newsletters
monthly update from the above project, with lots of current,
of the Mental Health Services System for Criminal Justice
nice, readable review recently done jointly by the GAINS
center and the TAPA jail diversion center
Jail Mental Health Screen
GAINS EBP Center, with funding from the National Institute
of Justice, has developed a new mental health screening
tool for jails. It appears to have good reliability and
validity, and takes less than 3 minutes to administer.
GAINS Evidence-Based Practice Center for Persons in the
new Center has issued the first in a series of "Notes
to the Field". Issue 1 discusses the important of state-level
planning and the integration of mental health and criminal
justice systems. (for the National GAINS website see below)
Criminal Justice Coordinating Center of Excellence
public-academic liaison to facilitate coordination between
criminal justice and mental health issues within the state
of Ohio. A good model for other states.
Ill Offender Crime Reduction Act of 2004
1194, the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction
Act of 2004, passed the U.S. House of Representatives by
unanimous vote on Wednesday, October 6. The bill authorizes
federal grants for collaborative efforts between criminal
justice and mental health agencies at the state and local
level to improve the response to people with mental illness
in the criminal justice system. A broad range of initiatives
would be eligible for funding, including improved training
for law enforcement, diversion programs, mental health courts,
and enhanced transition planning for offenders upon reentry.
the Justice System Criminalizes Mental Illness"
editorial from the New York Times, December 13, 2004
interesting and informative recent resource document from
the American Psychiatric Association - readable, relatively
brief and to
the point, suggesting much needed and far reaching changes.
is jail diversion?
jail diversion programs.
of Mental Health Courts in System Reform
the use of mental health courts in the US.
of Mental Health Courts
2002 report from the National GAINS Center describes a "best
practice" re-entry program for offenders with mental
illness and substance abuse
Center for Mental Health Law
Advocacy Center (TAC)
Center for Jail Diversion
Justice/Mental Health Information Network