November 2017 archive

How the Loss of U.S. Psychiatric Hospitals Led to a Mental Health Crisis

NPR By Samantha Raphelson A severe shortage of inpatient care for people with mental illness is amounting to a public health crisis, as the number of individuals struggling with a range of psychiatric problems continues to rise. The revelation that the gunman in the Sutherland Springs, Texas, church shooting escaped from a psychiatric hospital in …

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Register for Webinar: Effectively Implementing Evidence-Based Programs and Services for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System

Hosted by the National Reentry Resource Center with funding support from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Date: Tuesday, Dec. 19 Time: 2–3:30 p.m. ET Programs and services are considered evidence based when they have demonstrated effectiveness through scientific research and evaluation. Both research and field experience show that implementing evidence-based programs and …

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Register for Webinar: Innovative Practices to Reduce Women’s Involvement in Local Jails

Hosted by the National Resource Center on Justice Involved Women (NRCJIW) Date: Monday, Dec. 18 Time: 2–3:30 p.m. ET This webinar will highlight the findings and lessons learned from a national Jail Summit co-sponsored by the NRCJIW and the American Jail Association in October 2017. Discussion topics will include the specific needs of and opportunities …

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Missouri County Jail Woes

KREI (Jefferson City) Missouri’s county jail admissions have been relatively flat since 2010 but jail populations have climbed by 50-percent. The Council of State Government’s Justice Center research also says Missourians in jail for felonies spend an average of 191 days behind bars before they’re sentenced. State Department of Corrections Director Anne Precythe says a …

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“Stepping up” Initiative for Mental Health Taking Shape in Alamance County, NC

Mebane Enterprise By Adam Powell A large contingent of Alamance County elected officials, county employees, and local citizens made their way to San Antonio, Texas earlier this fall. The group received information about a diversionary program that could save the county time, money, and resources in dealing with mental health challenges among local residents. The …

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National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges 2018 Conference on Juvenile Justice

The 2018 National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges conference will provide an educational opportunity for judges, probation officers, detention facility employees, and other stakeholders in the juvenile justice system to explore gaps in services, discover new and improved practices, share cutting edge research, and motivate participants to explore positive case outcomes for youth …

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Jail Video Link Speeds Evaluation of Mentally Ill Inmates

The Daily Herald By The Daily Herald Staff The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office in Washington State has taken another step to better serve justice and those people whose mental illness might have contributed to them landing behind jail bars. Officials at the jail in Everett and with the state’s Office of Forensic Mental Health Services said …

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Justice Reinvestment in Missouri: Fourth Presentation

The fourth presentation to the Missouri State Justice Reinvestment Task Force focuses on findings and policy proposals related to jail population trends, the pretrial system, and approaches to reducing crime and recidivism in Missouri. Source: JusticeCenter

Mental Health Court Could Lower Recidivism, Cut Costs

Las Cruces Sun-News By Carlos Andres López Establishing a mental health court in Doña Ana County in New Mexico officials say, would help get into treatment people who commit crimes because of underlying mental health conditions. It could also reduce recidivism and cut incarceration costs. So-called mental health courts serve as jail-diversionary mechanisms and have been …

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2017 JMHCP Category 3 Implementation & Expansion Grantee Orientation

Hosted by the CSG Justice Center with funding support from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance Download a PDF of the presentation. In this webinar, CSG Justice Center staff explain the training and technical assistance opportunities and resources available to FY17 JMHCP Category 3 Implementation & Expansion grantees. Source: JusticeCenter