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Oregon Justice Reinvestment Legislation Creates Grant Program to Help People with Behavioral Health Needs

By The Council of State Governments Justice Center Staff On July 15, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed Senate Bill (SB) 973 into law, passing the Behavioral Health Justice Reinvestment bill that creates a state-run grant program to help counties and tribal nations build up community-based supports and services. The IMPACTS (Improving People’s Access to Community-Based …

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Massachusetts Set to Launch Behavioral Health Pilot to Reduce Risk of Recidivism

By The Council of State Governments Justice Center Staff Beginning next month, people in Massachusetts who are involved in the criminal justice system, have serious mental illnesses and/or substance addictions, and are at a high risk of reoffending will be eligible to receive individualized supports and services through a new pilot program. As part of …

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Guidance to States and School Systems on Addressing Mental Health and Substance Use Issues in Schools

This informational bulletin from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services provides guidance to states and school systems about addressing mental health and substance use issues in schools. It provides examples of approaches for services in schools and describes some Medicaid authorities that states may use …

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New Analysis Shows How Parole and Probation Violations Significantly Impact States’ Prison Populations and Budgets

By The Council of State Governments Justice Center Staff New data released today by The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center reveal the startling extent to which probation and parole violations contribute to states’ high prison admissions and populations, as well as the subsequent cost to taxpayers. The report—Confined and Costly: How Supervision Violations …

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Second Chance Month Q&A: U.S. Representative Jim Sensenbrenner

By CSG Justice Center Staff U.S. Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI). This Second Chance Month, The Council of State Governments Justice Center staff asked elected leaders across the country why reentry is important to them and the communities they govern. Below, find U.S. Representative Jim Sensenbrenner’s (R-WI) reasons why #ReentryMatters. What does reentry mean to you? Criminal justice reform has …

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New Mexico Justice Reinvestment Victims Legislation Signed into Law

By The Council of State Governments Justice Center Staff In April, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed House Bill (HB) 342 into law, a Justice Reinvestment bill that ensures crime victims will have more avenues by which to receive support. Another Justice Reinvestment bill, HB 564, was vetoed. Had it been enacted, it would have strengthened …

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Wyoming Justice Reinvestment Legislation Signed into Law

By The Council of State Governments Justice Center Staff Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon signs Justice Reinvestment legislation into law. In February, Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon signed a package of Justice Reinvestment legislation into law. House Enrolled Act (HEA) 15, Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 19, HEA 53, and SEA 50 aim to reduce recidivism 25 percent …

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DOJ Grants: ‘Identify a Need in Your Community’

NACo By Mary Ann Barton Andre Bethea, policy advisor for Corrections and Reentry, Justice Department, has a message for counties: “I can’t make awards if you don’t apply—creativity is on you,” he told members of NACo’s Justice and Public Safety Policy Steering Committee Saturday morning at the kick-off to the association’s annual Legislative Conference. “Identify …

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North Dakota Governor Lauds Behavioral Health Program in State of the State Speech

By The Council of State Governments Justice Center Staff On January 3, North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum (pictured below) delivered his State of the State address, highlighting progress on a number of fronts, including efforts to combat the state’s behavioral health crisis. He touted the success of Free Through Recovery, an innovative behavioral health program …

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A Message from the Director: Highlights from 2018

By Megan Quattlebaum, Director, The Council of State Governments Justice Center As 2018 draws to a close, I write to update you on the past year – my first – at The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center. I arrived at the CSG Justice Center aware that the field of criminal justice has changed …

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